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Thursday, November 26, 2009 

Whilce Portacio sugarcoats/downplays the flaws of Rob Liefeld

In an interview in USA Today about Image United, the joke production they're doing that brings back several people from their limp beginnings, the artist Whilce Portacio commends, of all possible contributors to this ridiculous reunion, the terrible Rob Liefeld:
Q. Whose work has surprised you the most during this process?

A. Rob Liefeld's work has surprised me the most. Arguably, Rob has taken a lot of the hits aimed at Image over the years. Let me add that I really didn't know Rob all that well before we got going with this whole thing. But for all those hits that Rob has taken, he just continued to draw. He's always drawing. For a lesser person to take the hits he took, they would have left the industry.

Rob hunkered down. I look at the stuff he's doing on Deadpool now and it's great. His proportions are all there and his linework is magnificent. He persevered through the criticism and came out a much better and much stronger artist.
Oh, I'll bet he did. His work of yore was horrific, and I doubt he's improved much, if at all. If the industry were saner, he would've been banished years ago. And Portacio's probably just lauding Liefeld because the latter had good things to say about him in his own sugarcoated interview for the same paper this week. Predictably, there's otherwise no mention of why they took flak for the limp storytelling they offered during the 1990s, and the newspaper has only scraped bottom by sucking up to these people instead of offering something more meaty, like telling how the comics industry has been going down the drain for years now thanks to this kind of nonsense.

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