This is a toughie, because the examples from which I want to choose range wide and deep, yet I want to kick this thread off with a single instance. I hope everyone who reads this will then add to it. I want also to avoid any whiff of cronyism – which might, to an outside observer, seem impossible. Nevertheless, I’m not here because of a 40+ year personal and professional relationship with Wendy Pini. I’m here because of the intensifying (even to me) realization that Wendy has been and continues to be, in so many ways, a pioneer.
For your reading pleasure, a complimentary – and surprisingly even-handed – look at the two independent comics that propelled the nascent genre in the late 1970s: Elfquest and Cerebus. The writer’s assessment of Wendy’s adaptation of manga/anime styles into her artwork is particularly observant. Read it here.