1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike Maihack. I draw a used-to-be-webcomic now all-ages-graphic-novel-series called Cleopatra in Space. The first book is due out from Scholastic/Graphix sometime in 2014.
I draw other stuff too. Mostly superheroes. You can find me on:
2. What’s your hardware setup?
Computer: 2011 27” iMac: 2.93 GHz Intel Core i7, 12GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM Draw & color on: Wacom Intuos 3 literally being held together by packing and electrical tape. Will most likely become an Intous 5 any day now.
3. What’s your workspace look like?
Currently it’s simply a drawing and computer desk against one wall of our dining room. I have a bulletin board above my drawing desk I use for inspiration/reference. On and in my computer desk are a bunch of toys, art books, and fashion catalogues. Oftentimes one of my cats is part of my workspace as well. He contributes nothing.
4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
I initially draw everything with a 0.5mm KOH-I-NOOR RAPIDOMATIC pencil filled with pentel blue lead. I erase (a lot) with a STAEDTLER Mars plastic. Depending on the type of drawing, I either “ink” with a 02 black Micron or a 0.7 mm KOH-I-NOOR RAPIDOMATIC pencil filled with pentel blue lead. I then use Photoshop CS5 to touch up my linework and/or color.
For black inked drawings, I tend to keep my initial drawing very loose and finish the rest digitally. But I always start of traditional.
Over the last six months there has been much discussion of female bodies and comics from Tony Harris’ embarrassingly puerile and juvenile internet rant about female cosplayers to the Hawkeye Intiative joining Escher Girls in shredding comic art of female characters apart to most recently
Lois Lane made her debut in comics 75 years ago this week. To celebrate I’m chatting with a number of her creators. You can see the previous interviews here. Greg Rucka wrote Lois Lane as the head writer of Superman, Action Comics and Adventures of Superman which included a highly regarded arc where Lois Lane was an embedded reporter in the middle east.
He also has pitched a Lois Lane comic to DC. As there is no such book I’ll leave it to you to figure out the response.
So Greg, what’s your first memory of Lois Lane?This is harder than you think, but the first clear memory I have of Lois that I can recall is from Superman: The Movie, and Margot Kidder’s performance. When I think about it now, the quintessential moment isn’t actually from the first Donner Superman movie, but rather from the beginning of the second, when she’s riding the elevator up the Eiffel Tower and spelling out Pulitzer.
Sassy Batman is sassy……
The first sentence that doesn’t hit but instead invites you in, just like this.
I moved to the United States back in 2009. It was a big year. I came…
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