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The American “Ligne Claire”

On the use of line in American cartooning

One of the most well known lineages of American cartooning is traceable from the seminal artist, Bernard Krigstein to Daniel Clowes, and then to the “Wonder Boy of Comics” Adriane Tomine (at the time of writing, a middle-aged dad).

Today, Bernard Krigstein’s most referenced work is Master Race.

This a series of panels that is a perfect example of Bernard Krigstein’s style. The panels which show a man running away and eventually falling under a train are packed with all manner of stylistic innovations.
Colourised excerpt from Master Race. Written by W.M. Gaines and Al Feldstein. Drawn by Bernard Krigstein

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Neel Dozome

Neel Dozome

I write about type history and books culture, with a particular interest in graphic novels. Can almost do a hand stand.