Most of the artists we’ve featured here on iFanboy Upstarts are in the beginning stages of their career, doing eye-catching work on lower-tier titles as they make their case to be recognized by fans and editors. But this week’s selection is someone whose first professional comics work isn’t coming until June, but his cover and online samples drew me in enough to consider him a contender for a career in comics.
Hailing from Michigan, artist Ethan Wright has been chomping at the bit to get his start in comics, and he’s finally doing that next month when Bluewater’s Juliet miniseries starts. The series, based on the character Juliet from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, is a female-fronted story of Juliet flung 500 years into her future, fighting monsters and someone close to her heart. Wright came to this after years of submissions and contest entries. Wright has entered contests such as Top Cow’s The Darkness #100 contest, Frank Cho’s 50-Girls-50 Artist Search and others and now finally with Bluewater is getting his shot.
Although his professional career is just getting started, Wright has tinges of top artists in his style from the composition work of David Mack to the illustrative work of Jim Cheung mixed with Mike Oeming — a unique pairing. When Juliet debuts in June, I imagine the series will show him growing by leaps and bounds as he gets into the groove drawing a monthly comic.
But what do you think? He’s new, young and fresh. Where could you see him going in comics?