Nice minimalistic work by Andres Romero ! I’m glad he thought of Spider Jerusalem, hero of Transmetropolitan, one of the best comics I ever read. Enjoy more of his stuff in the full article !
I was first introduced to Transmet around 5 years ago. I randomly bought it because someone told me Warren Ellis was good and I had money to burn. I loved it. It wasn’t the beginning of the comic, it was somewhere in the middle, I think Vol. 5, but it was still great. The sad part, I never followed through with the rest of the series. I don’t remember why, it’s one of those things that I’ll get back to when the moment’s right.
This caught my eye though and sparked my interest to write a post about minimalism. It’s kind of a trend recently, so maybe we should call it something fancy like neo-minimalism or neu-minimalism and very interesting to me. People may say it’s not great because of how simple it is. I don’t think it is that simple.
First, most of the pieces I’ve seen and thinking of are very tight and clean. It’s not scribbles that vaguely represent the character/movie. Second, most of the time it has to be the perfect aspect of the subject to represent it well enough for people to recognize. A character like Spider is easier because of the unique glasses. Things like tattoos, hair, or costumes also help.
Granted, none of these are filling up museums any time soon and I don’t think they should but they do have merit and the philosophy behind it is definitely a weapon an artist can use outside of pop culture pieces to push the audience or themselves where the artist decides. Getting the point or question across as quickly as possible is definitely a desirable aspect in a piece of artwork and these type of pieces are eye catching.