Z2 Comics has rereleased Paul Pope’s Escapo. Written and drawn in the mid 1990s, Escapo doesn’t feel as fully formed as Pope’s later work but the Pope’s raw energy is visible on almost every page. In recent interviews from the past 2-4 years, Pope has said that the only comic artists he’s looking at now are Kirby, Moebius and Miyazaki and that shows in all of his storytelling. But there’s no one before Pope that has just animalistic power in their artwork. That rich, quirk brush stroke of Pope’s has so much emotion in it that so many cartoonists now try to imitate but no one can achieve it like Pope does.
Source: JPJones1970 Tumblr
JPJones’ The Fuses Have Been Lit tumblr shows a number of examples of the original black and white pages and the new color pages of Escapo. The above image is one that really just caught me while reading the book. I think it’s the simple detail of the bandage, half hanging off of the escape artist’s chin that just perfectly finishes off this drawing.