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Brian Apthorp

Brian Apthorp

My primary creative motive has always been emotional and thematic communication, in all forms of art. I fell in love with comic books/graphic novels as a boy, and this love and admiration for the deep poetic capacity of the medium has only increased throughout my life. While at CSU Northridge, I experimented in abstraction, but developed an abiding passion for classical and 19th-Century art—although, like comics, the latter was still largely denigrated at the time. After graduating, I studied with Glen Vilppu, while free-lancing in illustration and graphic design. My first published work in comics was for the enormously influential Neal Adams at Continuity Comics, followed by work for Dark Horse, Marvel U.K., and DC Comics, including several Batman “Specials” and a Bram Stoker Award-nominated Special of “The Dreaming”. Early in my career in comics I began teaching visual story-telling, first at The Learning Tree University, then UCLA & Otis Extension programs, and since 2002, ongoing at The Laguna College of Art & Design in their Illustration program. I’ve taught composition at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, anatomy at Art Center, Pasadena, and given Artist’s Talks at the Getty Center, Ryman Arts, CSU Long Beach, and the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles. My wife Lori and I were born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and Sunland, and live in Los Angeles.