There’s a famous saying that the cream always rises to the top. It’s original interpretation referred to the process of homogenizing milk, but it’s become an idiom to explain how the good elements in any sea of things always tends to succeed.In comics that’s also true, from creators who toil away and hone their craft to break out like writer Cullen Bunn, but also to talents that seem to show up — fully formed — and ready to take comics by storm. This week’s iFanboy Upstart is someone who’s only done two published covers in her career and was just roped for a plum assignment at DC Comics.
Little is known about Japanese artist Ricken; she’s done a cover for both Glory and Hell Yeah over at Image, and she was just announced as joining those series’ writer Joe Keatinge over at DC to do an arc of DC Universe Presents focused on Arsenal. This, in what will be Ricken’s real debut in America, is quite a quick trajectory for someone only a year ago was doing fan-art online. But when you see the caliber of her work, you’ll understand the breakneck pace.
Below is samples of Ricken’s work. You’ll notice that with two exceptions they’re strictly pin-ups and one-off illustrations. As I said before, Ricken won’t make her professional interior comics debut until February 2013 with DC Universe Presents #17, so the true test for her remains to be seen. Tell us what you think of Ricken and how she could fit into the world of comics.