Ibrahim (Sir Gai) Ganiyu makes this list for several reasons. A legend in the game Ibrahim was drawing comics when almost no one else was. Dark Edge (which was published over 10 years ago) was one of the first real comic books to make it to print and keep in mind that this was several years before all the other artists on this list were ever published. He also happens to be the artist and writer for one of my favorite comic book issues ever, with the maiden voyage of his Nigerian flag-colored hero JUNE XII.
I would have loved to place Ibrahim a little higher up on this list, but based on the criteria I set myself and as it stands, Ibrahim probably doesn’t have as extensive a portfolio of issues under his belt as some of the others on this list. However, I understand that ICS Studios is a lot more than just a comic company and while his love for the comic medium has been more than apparent over the years, he probably hasn’t had as much time as he would like to simply draw and create. A situation I’m sure that has not been helped with the recent confusion surrounding the future of Vortex comics, the comic publisher which currently publishes the June XII comic book.
Having said that, Ibrahim’s art style was always his own and he still does plenty to push the comic book medium wherever he can to the general public and comic fans alike. He even hosts a creative workshop I believe he calls, Create or Die Trying with Sir Gai. What I’ve always found a little interesting about Ganiyu is his rather strange affinity for drawing Angels.
Check them out below.
You can check out some of his comics (as well as other Vortex titles) here at: Vortex Inc.