This week Marvel issued GIRL COMICS #1 (which I still have to pick up) and when looking at a promo jpeg for it I was pleasantly surprised to see the cover had been done by my dear pal Amanda Conner (A.C. for short; she is most definitely not a "Mandi"). She's been putting Herculean amounts of work into her run on DC's POWER GIRL so she's been waaaay too busy to do any work for the interior of GIRL COMICS, but she was tapped to do the cover and once again she's knocked it out of the park, taking out a low-orbiting communications satellite in the process. I mean, look at this:
The only cartoonist in the superhero comics biz who can touch A.C.'s work in the department of animated-looking facial emoting is Kevin Maguire, but A.C. is a master of subtlety to such a degree that she lends She-Hulk's triumphant smirk the perfect amount of "Go fuck yourself, Tony" without overdoing things in the least. I've observed A.C.'s development as an illustrator for three decades and have watched her work very hard to get to the point where she makes it all look so fucking easy, and I could not be any more filled with hometown pride if I tried. Way to kick illustrative ass, Amanda! You're one of a very talented kind. And put out a thick sketchbook, goddammit! Your sketches are a shitload of fun to check out, so share the wealth, ferfucksakes!