Encore: Silver, the Art of Liam Sharp is a prestige-format black-and-white art book from over three decades in illustration.
Liam recently wrapped his ground-breaking and acclaimed 24-issue run on DC’s The Green Lantern with Grant Morrison and Batman: Reptilian with Garth Ennis. He is currently working on an EPIC creator-owned series for Image Comics. But before that, and before his award-winning six-issue limited series The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, and before the wildly successful Wonder Woman: Rebirth, with fan-favorite writer Greg Rucka, Liam had a long and distinguished career as an artist and a writer of both comics and prose. He has also been a well-regarded boutique publisher, co-founding both the Mam Tor imprint and the groundbreaking digital company Madefire. Liam has worked for Marvel, DC,Vertigo, Wildstorm, Image, Darkhorse, Fleetway and Dynamite, producing a huge range of eclectic work in every imaginable genre. Encore: Silver – The Art of Liam Sharp is intended to celebrate this long, creatively restless, and innovative career, and will be a must-have book for collectors, fans, and new-comers alike.
Liam has worked for Marvel, DC,Vertigo, Wildstorm, Image, Darkhorse, Fleetway and Dynamite, producing a huge range of eclectic work in every imaginable genre.
Encore: Silver – The Art of Liam Sharp is intended to celebrate this long, creatively restless and innovative career, and will be a must-have book for collectors, fans and new-comers alike. As Grant Morrison writes in his introduction to Encore: Gold –
‘Knowing the standards (Liam) sets for himself, witnessing first-hand the constant striving for new goals, new achievements, I’d hazard a guess he has barely begun the latest phase of his artistic journey, is only now stretching his peacock wings as we his audience are invited to sit back and applaud the dazzling display…’
ENCORE: SILVER showcases, on finest quality art stock paper, black and white work from across Liam’s extensive career, presenting much of the hyper-detailed material in its pure, unlettered form for the first time in print – from the spectacular high fantasy of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN, to the incredibly intricate sci-fi realms of THE GREEN LANTERN.
Within these pages you will also find many examples of how Liam pays homage to the masters of the past, whilst also pushing boundaries and breaking new ground in the industry.
‘For many of us growing up in the UK comics were black and white. The Beano, Buster, Dandy, girl’s comics like Misty, and even 2000ad in its earliest form. Comics from the US were often reprinted and repackaged in black and white in titles like Rampage, and Star Wars weekly… And there was the black and white Conan magazines, which were probably my favorite comics of all…
‘It took me a long time to realize that that had an impact on the way UK artists of my generation approached their work. We saw the black and white page as the end game – finished art.’From the introduction by Liam Sharp