Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, today celebrates a Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award nomination for Gabo, artist on The Life After.
Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista is an Eisner and Harvey award-winning colorist and illustrator located in Chicago. He has previously worked on titles such as Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Elephantmen, and All-Star Western. Gabo’s work on the Oni Press comic The Life After, as illustrator and colorist, has earned him this nomination.
“I pretty much fainted when I heard the news, and then I saw the other nominees and I fainted again,” says Gabo about the nomination. “I am so incredibly honored and thrilled to be standing next to such brilliant artists. I owe all credit to my editor Ari Yarwood, the rest of the Oni Press crew, and of course Josh Fialkov for this. They’ve trained and nurtured me like a prize fighter, I love them all dearly.”
The Life After is a psychedelic, dark comedy adventure through Heaven and Hell, with the one man who could change the very nature of the afterlife itself. Jude’s life seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until he discovers supernatural abilities that reveal the world around him is Purgatory for suicides. Now awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway plan to change the afterlife for the better even if that doesn’t sit well with the bigwigs down below or up above.
About the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award
The Russ Manning Award has been given out annually at San Diego Comic-Con since 1982. It is presented to a comics artist who, early in his or her career, shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics. It is named for Russ Manning, the artist best known for his work on the Tarzan and Star Wars newspaper strips and the Magnus, Robot Fighter comic book. Manning was a popular guest at the San Diego convention in the 1970s.
About Oni Press
Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.