|Cover to Household|
Compositionally, Sam is mainly dealing with the representation of light and shadows bent around gestural forms. No fuss. Its casual and pleasant much like sitting on a park bench in the shade of a tall tree sketching figures passing by. There are points where the shapes are almost abstract, but because of how its laid out, you can generally feel your way through. This is a style so raw we might as well be reading cave paintings. I'm quite positive that what Sam's doing can be replicated on bare stone with a charred stick, but that's not really the point. It's important for the story to be represented in the right style, and for Sam Alden that old graphite stick might as well be a mood machine. Personally, I feel this is his strongest medium, but even whilst straying to a traditional ink, or even digital, much of the characteristic gestural strokes that we see are still utilized. A great example of this can be found here on Top Shelf's 2.0 website in a comic called On Tuesday. Note the looseness primarily in the background and characters not in the immediate foreground.
|A panel taken from On Tuesday|
Sam is supposedly working on an epic. This actually both excites me and disturbs me simultaneously. I would jump on the chance to read a full length novel by this young genius, but I quiver at the thought of having to take in that much Alden in one shot. It would probably have to be a read a chapter at a time with room to digest between each sitting. What I just described is a fancy, many courses meal which I'm sure it will be. One that I am positive you'd walk away feeling quite full. If it is true, then God speed Mr. Alden. I wish you all the best.
|Panel taken from Backyard|
If this is your first time hearing about Sam, drop me a line and let me know what you think. I can't be the only one he drives crazy! *frothing at the mouth*