Home Message Boards Joe Quesada: July 2003
Hello from David Mack :)
July 24 2003,01:25
It is good to see you all enjoying yourselves here! I apologize
for taking so long to post on this board. I've been way busy with
work and travel. But I hope to post a bit more regularly now.
I saw Poison IV at Heroes and San Diego Con, and she reminded me about
this messsage board. Thanks, Poison.
I really appreciate all of the kind posts at the beginning of the forum.
Currently I've been working on the new Echo story that will be in the
DD series (51-55). And I've been working on the brand new Kabuki series that will ship right after that. And I've been working on
the Kabuki film.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the creator interviews on the DD DVD
turned out. I hear it is already available in Europe. They
filmed for about four hours at my home studio, and I am curious to see
how much it is cut down to and what they kept in and what they cut out.
I also post at the Kabuki messageboard at wfcomics.com. Had a
great time at San Diego and posted a digest of it at that board.
I'll try to get into the habit of posting here as well (It had been a while
and I had to track down the e-mail that mentioned what my password to the
Besides NohTV.com my girlfriend is working on a new site at davidmack.net.
Thanks for your patiences, your interest and your kind regards.
Hello from David Mack :)
July 24 2003,05:58
Thanks! Glad to hear that. Here is the update from the San Diego
Con that I posted on my Kabuki board at wfcomics.com. I'll post it
here for you too. Here is:
Back from San Diego Comicon!
Wow! This was the best San Diego Con ever! Tons of stuff happened everyday.
I had such a great time there with my friends. The MOB booth (Mack,
Bendis) was there with Andy Lee and Anh Tran also set up at our
Powers & Kabuki tables. We had a great time at our MOB panel (and Angelina
Jolie and Halle Berry’s panels didn’t even cut into the turnout that much
Hundreds of brand new Kabuki readers picked up Kabuki trades for the first time.
Each day was a whirlwind of adventure.
I talked with Quentin Tarentino. I had a fascinating Frank Miller & Will Eisner experience.
Bill Sienkiewicz stopped by the table and gave me a wealth of kind words and encouragement and we had a great talk.
Had a great time at the Eisner Ceremony. Brian Bendis won 2 more Eisners
and I was honored to hear how many times he acknowledged me in his speeches!
Did some charity sketching for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Saw thousands of long time Kabuki fans (I must have the coolest, hippest, smartest, artiest readers at the whole con). I got a lot of comments about how my section of the booth always has the most women and coolest artists
I was asked to do a story with Alan Moore. Anh Tran sold tons of her
hand made BunnyZ. Toy developers were constantly interested and discussed
possibilities with her. Giant Robot Magazine (which I have read since the
beginning) took an interest in her creatures and is now selling them in
their Los Angeles Giant Robot store.
She gave one to Craig Thompson cause she loved his book Good Bye Chunky
Rice. He said he was a big fan of Kabuki. We read his new book called BLANKETS on the plane ride home and it was amazing. My favorite recent comic. Buy it from Top Shelf Comics and tell them you heard it here. It is by far,
my favorite recent read. My fave book pick of the show.
The MOB crew and I had a great Image dinner. Had a Great Amano dinner.
Jeff Amano, Brandon Amano and the lovely Mandy Amano and Claire Beckett
who work for Beckett Entertainment (they publish the Terminator comic of
which Anh Tran is the main character, and they are publishing RUULE in NOV for which I did the covers.
Bendis and I had some good meetings with Quesada in his hotel Suite. Lots of news to update you on in the future.
The SCARAB ACTION FIGURES ARE AMAZING!!! There was a Diamond Select
party to promote the new Scarab Action Figure (Diamond Select will be making
all the new Kabuki figures, starting with Scarab) and they gave out free Scarab action figures to the first 100 retailers.
Andy and I went there
to get our figures and sat at the table and played with them with the other
retailers. Retailers Brian DePadro of Classic Comics in Atlanta, Lee of
Lee’s Comics in Mountain View and San Mateo, Joe Ferrara and Dotti of Atlantis
Fantasy World in Santa Cruz, and Bill and Sharon Liebowitz of Golden Apple
in LA enjoyed our antics!!!
Seriously, these figures are amazing with WAY more articulation and
playability that the previous Kabuki figure. And Andy and I were amazed
at how much we could take the figures apart and re-arrange them in new
ways. We disturbed all the other guests with this talent.
The WIZ KIDS booth had the Kabuki HERO CLIX on display. They come in
the Indy Hero Clix and are:
Kabuki characters to start with. And I think they also have Akemi and Keiko as a sort of secret chaser figures to follow up.
I saw Jubal Faircloth from this board. He and his friend drove from
Ky to SD for the con! What a road trip. Saw lots of other readers from
this board like Michael Goodman.
I saw a lot of my readers that I met in Australia! And many of my friends
and readers from France!
Talked with Josh Middleton and mentioned that he was spoke of well on
this board. Talked to Kent Williams. Ash Wood stopped by. Greg Spalenka.
John Woo’s company asked me to do some stuff with them.
Did tons of interviews. And lots of other stuff I can’t remember. I’ll
have to follow this up with it as it comes back to me.
Lots of cool stuff going on that I will continue to update you with. Was a great con, with a great energy from the readers and the creators I associate myself with.
PS, I still need to tell you about my POE experience from a while back.
Do any of you listen to the singer POE? If so, remind me to tell you about
our Kabuki encounter with her.
Hello from David Mack :)
July 27 2003,06:12
Well.... I'm glad you asked.
I currently have six collected Kabuki stories in hardcover and trade
paperback. They are:
vol 1 Kabuki: Circle of Blood (280p)
vol 2 Kabuki: Dreams (128p)
vol 3 Kabuki: Masks of the Noh (128p)
vol 4 Kabuki: Skin Deep (128p)
vol 5 Kabuki: Metamorphosis (280p)
vol 6 Kabuki: Scarab (256p)
Each of the books fits into continuity and builds on the previous story,
but each also acts as a self contained story. And each of them purposely
have a completey different art style, art medium, story tone, and storytelling
rythm than the others. Each book is like a different era in the character's
life, so I want each to have it's own atmosphere. And you should
be able to start with any of them and get a sense of the story. Though,
hopefully that issue will hook you and make you want to read all of the
My favorite is Metamorphosis (vol 5). I like to think that I improve
as I go, so I believe this marks my most evolved story and art in the Kabuki series. Though many people site Circle of Blood as their favorite.
Dreams also has a lot of esperimental and mixed media art styles. Dreams collects my very first ever painted comic book work.
Go to Davidmack.net to find sample pages from each book and a synopsis and description of each volume.
I'd love to hear from any other Kabuki readers on this board as to which
Kabuki volumes are your favorite and why.
As for my Daredevil work, I took over writing DD after the Kevin
Smith story. I wrote 6 issues with
Joe Qusada drawing them.
It is collected in paperback and hardcover. The story is called Parts
of a Hole. It introduces the Echo character that my upcoming DD arc
I also painted 4 issues of DD with Brian Bendis writing. And I did lots of DD covers and all the covers of Alias.
Please let me know what you think when you get a chance to check out
my Kabuki books.