What was your personal favorite title that you had the most freedom of style for you titles you worked on?
I think Thanos, my current title, is the one I have been experimenting the most.
I love your work on X-Men, but my favorite title and one of my top favorite female heroes Tigra. That’s when I notice your style had drastically changed into something new for me. I enjoyed your run-on Wonder Woman and Moon Knight. But you did something with her that made her stand on her own. It was the way you balanced your blacks and whites on the page, how did you manage this and did you have more freedom on this title then lets X-Men or Avengers Run 94-96?
I have had always freedom on all of the tiles I have worked with, but I guess being on the market for so long, being professional, and always doing the best you can, gives you some credibility. Editors trust their book is in good hands.
Know with your current work you have worked for Marvel Comics for a while now on titles From New Avengers, Moon Knight, Secret Avengers, Thunderbolts, Punisher, and the list goes on. But you also did a kickstarter Fundme page for your book The Cartoon Art of , how did this come about?
I have done lots of greeting cards on comic book form for my daughter and my wife for years. The originals hang in our house walls. Every time we got a visit, people asked why I didn't publish them. So, one day I decided to give it a try. It was funded in a couple of days and people loved it.It is basically a book about the love I have for my family.
Just to let everyone that yes it was a success and you can find it here on Amazon.
Sir you have been in so many interviews, it must amaze you that you are so well loved by the fans, but I wanted to know what are you a fan of, besides comics and movies?
Mixed Martial Arts, TV series, books, Karate, Haagen Dazs, my daughters, my wife.
When working on a page for Marvel, since that’s the current Company your drawing for right now. How long does it take you to layout a page and how long does it take to finish page?
Nowadays I don't do layouts for interiors. To finish a page, pencils and inks, it takes me usually one day.
When you started, you career in comics, At the time many where still doing traditional coloring and inking. But the 90’s saw slow increase of artist going digital, but many like the traditional look what are is was view then and what is your view now?
I do all digital nowadays. I have been always attracted for technology. I like drawing both ways, but doing it digitally is so much faster.
Many artist have curtain tools they use when starting and finishing their work, what are your preference of tools to you use?
My favorite tool when I was drawing on paper was the rubber. Today is the ctr-z.
Was this your first major storyline you did before moving over to the DC Comics for Wonder Woman title?
After that, I did a lot of stuff but I think the most important to me were the ones I did to Continuity.
> I was working for my idol, Neal Adams! it was the first and last time I got nervous a job. After that, yes, I got Wonder Woman.
Your first cover for Wonder Woman Vol 2 issue 85 was Black, Blind & Destiny was one that always sticks out. For the first time, I was like, ok this is different it has action and it shows
Wonder Woman might not make it. Any cover you do
shows impact when you turn the page and
when you start reading it just hits you
directly. Have you always has this ability
to just charge into a page or does the
writer give you an in-depth script
like Alan Moore?
Yeah, I think I have always had this
ability to draw in a dynamic way.
Most of the writers I work with
give me a full script with just the
basics. I work better this way. I
dunno if I would like to work with
a Stan Lee type of script only with
a synopsis, but I do prefer it simpler with
more freedom to create.
But you weren’t the regular on Wonder Woman
until issue 90, where you working on indie titles
before you got the gig from DC?
I guess they gave me the interiors issue
85 as a test. I did several covers for them in
the meantime, plus I inked an interior issue of
Like I stated before your covers really had a style of
action and danger. Take covers 97 where Wonder
Woman is laughing with madness and issue 100
where she is reaching for her signature Tierra.
How many layouts or sketches do you go through
before picking the one you want? An I just going
to say this, WW scared the hell out of me with that
cover thanks, I had nightmares for a week.
I am flattered, but the covers you mentioned were
made by the amazing Brian Bolland. The only cover
I did for the series was for issue 95 if I remember
well ( she is at a roof with Artemis ) I did other
two for the collections and that was all. I used to do about five sketches per cover back in the day. Nowadays I do one or two >And if the editor asks I do more.
Let me just say this about his work, Mike Deodato has been drawing comics for get this more than 20 plus years starting off with Wonder Woman. Mike has had an impact showing a unique style that matches many past and present artist. “While his style in the mid-90s was highly reminiscent of Jim Lee, he has recently changed to a more simplified, photo-realistic and sometimes moody style.” From Wiki. I must disagree with this statement. I see his art style to have more freedom and movement then Jim Lee’s. Mr. Deodato’s style is his own. Like those of Jack Kirby or Andy Kubert they have a motion to them. His work transcends depending to just one simple look, its about the mood or characters’ story arc. Take a look at Incredible Hulk vol. 2 and Tigra 1-4 2002. Two different characters but they have a different feel to them. And this is what we are going to talk about and how he came into this art form of Expressionism.
Expressionism: Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express the meaning of emotional experience rather than physical reality.
So before we begin I wanted to express my deepest thanks for taking your time out of your schedule for this Q&A. Your first major work was for comic book adaptation of the television series Beauty and the Beast published by Innovation Publishing back in 93. How did you comic across doing B & B adaptation from Television Series to a comic book?
It was a bit difficult more because of technical reasons than anything else. You see, I live in Brazil, our language is Portuguese and back then I didn't speak any English. I got the scripts translated but I got the videotapes of the series in English, so I couldn't watch the series. They wanted a painting style, which was something I had to learn while working on the book. You will notice how it improved in just six issues. Another difficulty factor was that I had an extremely tight deadline.
I spent only a day and a half per page. I didn't have any fancy tools, not even a lightbox. So, after surpassing all of this the rest was easy. I just wanted to make it very close toThe tv show visually speaking.
Mike Deodato Jr.
I was sleeping only four hours a day. I ended up in a hospital. I got a lot of money but in the end I was producing an inferior work. By the end of the nineties nobody wanted to work with me anymore, so I had to reinvent myself, I had to recover the love for comics again.
Back in 93 & 94 you were really busy and you titles where really hard to get a hold of for this series, I was one of the lucky ones. How did you handle the popularity?
Personally I handled and I still handle it pretty well. I don't take anything for granted, I don't think of myself as a star or anything like that. I am the same fanboy who collected comics in my teens. You gotta stay humble so you can keep learning and improving your craft. Professionally my mistake was to work too much, which ended up affecting the quality of my art. Luckily
I could realize what was going wrong and I changed course
After Wonder Woman you went onto your next big title penciller of The Mighty Thor, where you worked with writer Warren Ellis. How did you like working for Marvel and with Ellis?
Working for Marvel was and still is a dream come true.. Ellis is a genius! I was so lucky to work with him back then.
In the Mid 90’s you had worked with from Innovation, DC Comics, Marvel, and Image comics. How where you able to keep up with so many projects and deadlines?
Over the years working in today’s media what do you find to be the hardest part of your job as an artist?
The deadlines are the main challenge. Pencilling and inking 20 pages plus three or four covers a month is very difficult.
Do you find it necessary that artist need to stay up to date with social media?
Not necessary, but it is fun to do it. To be in touch directly with your readers is a pleasure I didn't have when I started in my career and I find it a privilege to know what they think about my newest work moments after it is published.
What advice or wisdom would you pass on to today’s artist?
Be professional. Be nice. Be creative
Now let’s get a little personal if that’s ok with you sir, if that’s ok with you. I father myself I enjoy hanging with my little. With being a father how has that changed your life?
My oldest is 26 and the youngest is almost three. There is no better feeling in life than raising a kid, period.
Its an amazing the thing when becoming a father, you see things differently, what do you see differently now that you might have not seen when you were younger?
I make better decisions because I have seen a lot I learned from my mistakes.
Last question before we rap the up, if you could give your younger self advice, what would you tell your younger self?
Skip the second marriage and go directly for the third. ;)