Some comic stars burst on the scene and become A-listers right away, while others rise through the ranks to become the major talents they're destined to be. Take for example Fear Itself's Stuart Immonen; he toiled for years on smaller books for DC and in the indies before he got his first shot at a big book with Action Comics. This week's pick for our iFanboy Upstart is artist Patrick Gleason.
To those that have spent time with Gleason's work, you know what a talent he can be — but for those who haven't read the smaller titles he's been on or been able to appreciate his work on larger group-drawn series it might be hard. Gleason's best known for his work on Green Lantern Corps, and was one of several artists drawing scenes in the recently concluded Brightest Day. He's current toiling away on Batman & Robin as it ends its first volume and goes into the fall relaunch with writer Peter J. Tomasi. Gleason has worked exclusively for DC since the fall of 2002, after doing some smaller work on Jay Faerber's Noble Causes and an issue of Marvel's X-Men Unlimited. Gleason's linework shows an expert ability to mold shadows and shapes into distinct figures that are identifeable and unique to his style. Reminsicent in some ways of veteran artist Kevin Maguire, Gleason has a more serious edge to him that's turning up more and more in his recent work.
Here's an example of some of his recent work, including some commissions and convention sketches that show another side to the artist.