Emmy award winning animation artist / director
Brad Rader celebrates the release of his latest book, the 171
page graphic novel, Fogtown (DC/Vertigo, August 10,
2010) written by Andersen Gabrych.
Paraphrasing the author, Fogtown is a raw, ugly, and
explicitly human pulp / noir detective series, set in the ferociously
filthy underworld of ‘50s San Francisco. It follows the
seamy temptations, damnations, and redemptions of Frank Grissel,
P.I., an aging, hard-living, and morally ambiguous detective
in the Mike Hammer / Sam Spade tradition… who “just
happens” to be a pier-trawling, deeply closeted homosexual.
Drawn in black and white pen and ink, stylistically, the Alaska
born artist emulates the comic book artwork of the 1950s with
influence of Russ Heath and E.C. Comics artists Jack Davis and
An Emmy Award winning animation artist and director, Brad Rader
has served as storyboard artist on many animated series including
The Real Ghostbusters, Alf, Batman, Gargoyles, Stripperella
and most recently, King of the Hill. He has directed
several series, including HBO’s Spawn, for which
he won an Emmy award (1999). He has illustrated the comic books
Batman Adventures, and Catwoman (DC Comics);
The Mark (Dark Horse Comics); and Tex: The Fine
Art of Character Assassination (Atomic Basement).
A graduate of Art Center College of Design (illustration),
Mr. Rader returned to his alma mater and to Otis/Parsons to
teach storyboarding. His art has been exhibited in galleries
in the United States as well as internationally.