The 15 Best Comic Artists of 2016

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The 15 Best Comic Artists of 2016

We’ve done our best to fairly highlight all creative contributions in our lists of the Best Comics of 2016, the Best Reprints of 2016 and the Best Kids Comics of 2016, but just in case we slighted anyone on the visual end, we’ve broken out our picks for the top 15 comic artists of 2016 into a standalone (alphabetical—we’d be foolish to try to rank these talents) list. The ink-slingers and color-wranglers in the gallery above either elevated their books to best-of status or stood out as exemplary even when the comic as a whole missed our top 25. From the lush digital painting of Mike Del Mundo to the fisheye linework of Kengo Hanazawa, the sweeping mysticism of Emma Ríos to the unflinching realism of Mitch Gerads, the women and men on this list blazed new trails in sequential art this year and raised the bar for the medium going into 2017.