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Best Comic-Book Artist St. Louis 2009 - Chris Samnee

Meet Chris Samnee, the hardest-working comic-book artist in St. Louis. You may have seen his work in DC's The Mighty, which he started drawing earlier this year. Or maybe you've admired the drawing in Marvel's Dead of Night series or Daredevil: Blood of the Tarantula or the Oni graphic novel Capote in Kansas. Those are his, too. There's no doubt about it: Samnee is a rising star in the comics world. (He even once did a story for Harvey Pekar's American Splendor.) The drawings of Batman he's posted on his blog, rendered in shadows and implied lines, are unlike any other rendition of the Dark Knight you've ever seen. (And you've probably seen quite a few.) Of course, all these plum assignments means Samnee has an incredible workload. He's been known to put in twenty-hour days at the drawing board. When he gets a cramp, he soaks his elbow in ice water and keeps working. But at the end of every all-nighter, he finds time to make a little sketch for his wife Laura's lunch bag, which she posts on her own blog, lunch notes (www.lunchnotes.blogspot.com). And that is why you can't help but love this guy as much as you admire his work.

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Dennis
Dennis

Thats right. Here is a local young man made good!!!!!DeSoto is where he went to school and the city is very proud of him.The local comic book store on mainstreet says his name is a legend in this county! He was chosen many times for awards before he was even close to famous.I can tell you for sure he is a hard worker and it was his dream when he was a kid.I remember waking up at three in the morning and the radio was going and he was drawing like an obsessed artist already.I remember him going to local comic book conventions just to get critiqued on his work so he could get better.Yes even he was shot down a few times by big headed artists.We always told him that it was just a opinion and if wanted it bad enouph and kept on working hard he could do it.Be a pro!I remember telling him nobody is going to give you anything,you have to earn it.Well perserverence payed off. I remember him playing around doing sculptures and we were wowed many times. How do I know all of this?He is our son and Laura is our daughter-in-law.We are so proud of them ,but because he is so famous and always on a deadline ,we hardly ever see them.We understand though, because it was his dream.We are so PROUD of them.Hell he is so funny too. He ought to be on the Jay Leno show or something.You never know what he is going to say or do.What a imagination:-) Well here's to you guys. Make your dreams come true Dad and Mom

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