The Studio (commune)
The Studio was the name of a small artists' loft commune formed in 1975 by four comic book artists/commercial illustrators/painters in Manhattan's Chelsea district. These artists were Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeff Jones, Michael William Kaluta, and Bernie Wrightson — known colloquially as the "Fab Four".
- The legacy of that much talent doing what was collectively very good work at a point of almost monolithic and degrading corporate influence over the kind of art they wanted to do has provided The Studio with a legacy that can be embraced even by those that didn't particularly care for the artists' output. The idea of a dedicated workplace that would allow for coercive influence one artist to another has been carried over into very nearly ever cartoonists' collective space initiative since.
By 1979, the "Fab Four" had produced enough material to issue an art book under the name The Studio, which was published by Dragon's Dream. That same year the members of The Studio moved on to independent projects and work spaces.
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- Spurgeon, Tom. "Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1944-2011", The Comics Reporter, 19 May 2011.
- Jones, Jeffrey; Kaluta, Michael; Windsor-Smith, Barry; and Wrightson, Berni. The Studio (Dragons Dream; First edition Apr. 1, 1979), ISBN 978-9063325817.
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