Modern Masters Volume 26: Frazer Irving

Modern Masters Volume 26: Frazer Irving

Modern Masters Volume 26: Frazer Irving

by Nathan Wilson and Eric Nolen-Weathington


The Golden Age of comic books may be long gone, but we are certainly in a gold-plated age of graphic novelists. I really don’t see how anyone can keep track of them all, but the folks at Twomorrows have cranked out a long series of profile books on the leaders of this pack, and I’m constantly amazed by the quality of their work. Today we meet up with Frazier Irving, who has worked on Necronauts, Tharg’s Terror Tales, and, my favorite title, The Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange. In this wide-ranging interview, he talks about the mechanics of getting into cartooning, early influences, and all the sort of technical stuff that artists talk about when the rest of us are polishing our lightsabers.

What really strikes me in this parallel graphic novel universe is the evolution of Frazier’s style. He starts his career with the crisply inked panels that we associate with B&W comic books of bygone days, but then gradually evolves toward fine art with scratch shading, charcoal tones, and a softer, more ominous look. His women are both erotic and ominous; they look like ordinary people you might know, or at least think you know until one turns all zombie cannibal on the fourth date and rips out your heart, either metaphorically or for dinner. My favorite image is the blue-skulled, Frankenstein-lit evil scientist on the cover. He too is out for blood, but the “have a nice day” button tones him down as well. Perhaps he’s not really a blood thirsty vampire, just an assistant manager at Kmart, helping you return a plastic lawn chair. (Cue evil laugh)


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Seratones
    The Seratones

    Playing hard rock wrapped with a sweet soulful voice, The Seratones rips through a great show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City.

  • Bruce Katz Band
    Bruce Katz Band

    Out From The Center (American Showplace Music). Review by Michelle Wilson.

  • Dillinger

    Dillinger is a stylish view of the biggest gangster of the Depression era, told in a lurid, tabloid manner.

  • Dance Gavin Dance
    Dance Gavin Dance

    A spectacular multi band shredfest that provided Orlando fans maximum bang for minimal bucks entertained Christopher Long.

  • Katherine Rondeau
    Katherine Rondeau

    New Hope Chateau. Review by James Mann.

  • Fela Kuti
    Fela Kuti

    Box Set #3 (curated by Brian Eno) (Knitting Factory Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Dead End Drive-In
    Dead End Drive-In

    The world is ending in Australia, and all the punk kids are locked up in a drive in and given free food, sex and drugs. What more could you want?

  • Beach Slang
    Beach Slang

    The Bleached Slang Tour (Beach Slang + Bleached) brings Orlando to its knees and causes hearts, like Jen Cray’s, to swoon.

  • Hickoids

    The Out of Towners (Saustex). Review by James Mann.

  • Back In Time
    Back In Time

    A fan-made documentary about Back to the Future and the mania that has developed around it.

From the Archives