Tonči Zonjić (pronouced TAWN-chih ZAWN-yitch, according to an article on Illustrator’s Lounge) is a contemporary Croatian comics artist and illustrator.
I make a point or mentioning that he is contemporary because of the wonderful feeling his work has for the classic comics artists of the past. His chiaroscuro ink style carries echoes of early 20th century greats like Noel Sickles and Milton Caniff, but melded with the sensibilities of modern European comics and perhaps a touch of Will Eisner.
The blend, however, is definitely Zonjić’s own, and his cinematic approach and visual storytelling skills have made him a favorite of many readers as well as admirers of comics artistry.
Zonjić signs his work “To Zo”, and you will see him under that name.
Here in the U.S. Zonjić is noted in particular for his work on Mike Mignola’s Lobster Johnson (Amazon link, preview pages here), which has a nice “Blackhawk” kind of vibe, and two spy thriller series with writer Nathan Edmondson, Who is Jake Ellis? (amazon link, preview pages here) and Where is Jake Ellis? (Amazon link, preview pages here).
There are lots of examples of his comics and illustration work on his website and blog.
He also has a Tumblr blog on which he produces a short feature that I particularly enjoy, called Not/But (images above, panels on colored backgrounds at bottom), in which he wryly addresses the anxieties and self-doubt that all artists face at some point.
http://tozozozo.tumblr.com (Tumblr, Not/But)
Splashpage (available original art)
inPrint (available prints)
The Comics Journal
Bio on Wikipedia
3 Replies to “Tonči Zonjić”
I see a lot of Alex Toth here.
Yes! Missed that in my influence description, but then you could apply the influence I mentioned — Sickles, Caniff, Eisner — to Toth.
For the benefit of other readers, here’s my post on Alex Toth.
Thanks for this feature – I know his work from Lobster Johnson, but hadn’t seen his NOT/BUT series, or other work.
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