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September 28, 2002
David Mack Interview
By John Olin

I had a chance to sit with world renowned comic creator David Mack discuss artistic techniques, and had a chance to ask him a few questions about his upcoming projects.

John: Kabuki is a great comic book! There are plans for a live-action movie based on it being produced by 20th Century Fox, right?

David Mack: Yeah, it is something that we have been working on for quite sometime right now. I keep touching up and rewriting the script to get it just right.

John: Do you have anyone in mind playing the part of Kabuki?

David: Yeah, but nothing for sure just yet.

John: The movie was supposed to be animated wasnít it?

David: Yeah, in the early stages of scripting we had in mind to make the movie animated.

John: Are there any talks of a videogame based on the movie?

David: I had a few videogame companies call me and were very interested in creating a game!

John: Who is creating the game?

David: I donít know if I can tell you that just yet and nothing is final really.

John: Címon can you tell me were they're based? Japan, US, UK?

David: Sorry!

John: Ever played the totally unrelated to the series ďKabuki WarriorsĒ?

David: No, canít say I have.

John: Good! You should keep it that way! When you worked on Daredevil you really helped continue the series were Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) left off. Are you helping with the Daredevil movie script at all?

David: Unfortunately, Iím not helping out with the movie at all, but if you noticed in the trailer of the movie there is a huge Daredevil insignia (ďDDĒ) that is on fire. That was actually one of the ideas I incorporated in a previous issue of Daredevil and I though it was very cool that they borrowed the idea for the movie!

John: I (like so many others) am someone who is interested in comic books, but also I would be very interested in designing videogames. I canít decide what to do! Any advice?

David: If your interested in both thatís fine! I have plenty of friends that show interest in both and manage to work on both. It all just depends on how hard you work at it and what your willing to do.

John: Any advice for inspiring artist?

David: It is something that you need to work at, and hard. This wasnít just something that was handed to me. I really canít give anyone person advice or force a technique on them though. Some comic artist are really good artist and can do much better than me, just most of the time they donít have a proper way of expressing themselves. When I first started on comic books, I didnít look at what was hot at the time, or what I maybe should be doing, I though about what I wanted first and what people would think of it after.

John: How long does it take you to complete a page on average?

David: A day.

John: Some of these effects are very weird. The scratch effects on your art especially are great. How do you achieve these effects?

David: Well, sometimes I might use hot sauce and other times a jackhammer.

John: ...

David: (laughs) Seriously, although I just use a lot of different medias and techniques. Many times, I will go to Kinkoís and make transparent copies and overlay them on my work, then paint them to give a neat effect.

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After awhile David lectured my class [he was there to visit his previous (and now my current) teacher]. David is a very, very nice guy, a great speaker and if you would like to learn more about him and his greatest creation, Kabuki, click on some of the links below!

About David

Based in Bromley, Kentucky, David had a huge interest in comic books in High School and learned many new techniques thanks to the help of his teacher Tamara Smith. Davidís first comic book was published while he was still attending Northern Kentucky University, where he received a degree in Fine Arts.

Mack's work has garnered nominations for the 1999 International Eagle Awards, the Eisner Award (America's most prestigious comics award), and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards, as well as many other awards and nominations. He was also the first American to be nominated for Germany's most prestigious Max-und-Moritz Award in the category of 'Best Imported Comic'.

Kabuki has earned David international acclaim for it's innovative storytelling, painting techniques, and page design. It is available in seven different languages, and there are well over a million copies of Kabuki comics, paperbacks and hardcovers in print in the U.S. alone. Mack has toured and exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and America.

His books have been the subject of undergraduate and graduate university courses in Art and Literature, and listed as required reading. His work has been studied in graduate seminars at USC and hung in the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

Currently, David is working on the Kabuki feature film for Twentieth Century Fox for which he is credited as Visual Designer, Creative Consultant and Co-Producer.

Notes:
· XBoxEvolved.com went off-line in mid-2002

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