iFanboy Upstarts: Allan Jefferson

TOP IMAGENot every creator can be well-known right out of the gate. Virtually everyone starts out on smaller projects, be it small indie comics or doing fill-ins and anthology work for larger publishers. All of today’s top writers and artists did it, and the next top artists and writers are doing it now. This week’s iFanboy Upstart is one of the artists, developing his skills as he hustles from project to project and publisher to publisher to line up work that will  pay the bills and get him to the next level.

Allan Jefferson Souza, who often works under the name Allan Jefferson, is one of many artists who team up with other like-minded comic creators as a group or studio, sometimes virtually and sometimes elbow-to-elbow. First part of Dial R Studios, Jefferson is now part of Space Goat Productions which is one of a number of comic studios virtually unknown outside comic publisher. Jefferson got his official start in comics in a big way, drawing a back-up story to 2008’s Justice League of America #16 featuring Roy Harper volunteering in a soup kitchen. After that, Jefferson bounced around and ended up across town at Marvel doing another food-related comic in a custom Thor comic featuring Thor. That little project opened the eyes of Marvel editors, who rotated Jefferson in to do several fill-in issues of War Machine in 2009. After that, Jefferson got a plum assignment of his first #1 when Dark Horse tapped him to illustrate the comic prequel to the 2010 film Predators with David Lapham writing. This really showed Jefferson’s work for the first time. Yes, rough around the edges, but beneath all that you could see something special trying to work its way out. After doing that, Jefferson took a break from comics in 2011 and 2012 but is returning this March with a one-off issue of Batwing and has been tapped to take over the digital-first Arrow series around the same time.

Jefferson may not be ready to work on one of the industry’s A-list titles yet, but his work shows some solid underpinnings of talent that’s just waiting for experience to help hone those his comic skills. Here’s a sample of some of the work he’s done, and you tell us: does he have it? And what should he do next?

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  1. Its a little difficult to get a baring from Batwing to Predators to War Machine on his style. I don’t know if this is due to different inkers adding their style to the art. On the other hand, if this is his own style evolving, then shit, I think he shows versatility.

  2. Some of the WarMachine art reminds me of Joe Eisma, I don’t think the colouring does him justice though. Great Expresions he’d actually do well on something which need close ups showing different emotions.

    Not a huge fan if i’m being honest. Its pretty good!

  3. Sorry but there is not one thing distinctive about this art that I can see. I mean, it’s not ugly, it’s reasonably competent, fits the DC house style I guess…doesn’t make me want to read any further at all though.