Some artists warm up in the independent comics to get in the good graces of the bigger companies and guaranteed money in work-for-hire projects, but others prefer carving out a place on their own with creator-owned. One of the brightest stars coming up and carrying an independent spirit is artist Fiona Staples.
The Canadian-born Staples first popped on the comics scene with a small piece in Devil’s Due 2005 Elsinore #4, and showed her full talents with her first creator-owned series, 2006′s Done To Death with writer Andrew Foley. In the following two years her published work was relegated to coloring for others, but then she got a shot as a quick replacement artist for the miniseries The Secret History of the Authority: Jack Hawksmoor. That star turn on a work-for-hire book led to a follow-up series with North 40 and she soon blossomed into an in-demand cover artist as well as interior artist. Staples completed two one-shot issues for Jonah Hex and Northlanders while cranking out covers for War Machine, Superman/Batman, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and DV8: Gods & Monsters. In 2010 she gave up the Big Two however for a creator-owned series with Steve Niles at IDW called Mystery Society, and is working on Brian K. Vaughan’s upcoming return to comics with the ongoing Image series Saga.
Staples has garnered nominations from both the Eisners and the Shusters for her work,so catch up on this future superstar with back issues as you get ready for Saga in 2012.