The precursor to what we know as ‘comics’ today began with the satirical works of artists like Rudolph Topffer, Wilhelm Bush and Engelo Agostini, also known as Brazil’s first comic artist. Consisting of writers, comic book history began with illustrations to accompany graphic novels, poems and short stories; while Early American comic books were simply reprints of newspaper comic strips compiled into book collections. The humor we associate with comics today began in the 1900s where funny or ‘comedic’ material was printed in magazines and newspapers.
Today, many artists have redefined comics into the otherwise better known, umbrella term of the ‘art zine’ (Read here http://www.examiner.com/article/the-revival-of-the-zine) but one artist, Sally Cantirino, is proving to be an excellent example of contemporary comic art.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Sally Cantirino currently resides in Gainesville, Florida and is a student at The Sequential Artists’ Workshop. An avid printmaker and drawer, Sally’s comics delve deep into the female psyche, deciphering many of the issues that face queer women, from sexuality to gender identity.
Human relationships, depression, anxiety, and adolescence are all intertwined in Sally’s dark world of expertly crafted characters. Not only are her comics emotive and skillful, they talk a lot about who Cantirino is as a person and an artist.
With her unique aesthetic and flair for storytelling, Sally Cantirino truly embodies contemporary comics and masterful illustration.