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Industry Artist Interview: Erick Adrian Marquez (2 of 2)

Artist Erick Adrian Marquez.Erick Adrian Marquez is a growing name in the comics industry.  His most well-known titles to date have been Bluewater’s Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brian bio-comics.  The comics were very well received, and show off Erick’s distinct coloring and inking style.  You can read part 1 of this interview here: http://www.wordofthenerdonline.com/industry-artist-interview-erick-adrian-marquez-1-of-2/
You interned at DC comics in the summer of ’01.  
Yeah.  Like, just before Sept. 11 happened.
Oh, wow.  Were you still in New York when it happened?
No, no.  I flew out just a week before.
What was it like?
It was intense. Non-stop intense, man.  I always made sure I was the first one there, the last one to leave, and was always working my hardest.  Not just being there, but working, you know? I mean, it was DC’s home office, man. The most menial things, just getting coffee or whatever, but pretty quickly I was doing some colors for Super Boy and some penciling touch-ups for Batman.
And then one day my editor told me, “Hey, go tell Frank to come into the office.” So, okay, I went out into the hallway… It was Frank Millar.  So I said “Hey, Frank – holy s**t!” And I had to walk out.  I came back in and the DC people were laughing at me.  My editor said “Hey, you know what Frank really likes is when you ask for his autograph.”  Yeah.  I didn’t do that.
I would take home just stacks of comics every night.  I got the complete series of Preacher in single issues.  I took home a lot of Swamp Thing.  I took home just even stuff I didn’t care to read.  Just anything.  People come to me and say, “Hey, you can take this, take that.” By the time I left I had four huge moving boxes full of comics.  I had to leave two of them behind, so I gave them away to a church group just before I left.
Above the DC offices were the MAD Magazine offices, and above that was Access Hollywood or some other celebrity reporting show, so you would just pass people all the time in the elevator.  Just all sorts of celebrities.  You know how it is on 30 Rock? It was actually like that. But I always stayed professional.  I never got anything signed, I never got anybody’s autograph.  I was there to work.
You can contact Erick Marquez or see his work at http://www.ixtstudio.com/.

Prairie City Response Cover

Cover for Prairie City Response comic written by Marshall Edwards.

 

Industry Artist Interview: Erick Adrian Marquez (1 of 2)

Erick Adrian MConan O'Brien bio-comic cover artarquez is a growing name in the comics industry.  His most well-known titles to date have been Bluewater’s Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brian bio-comics.  The comics were very well received, and show off Erick’s distinct coloring and inking style.  He is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and now lives in Florida.  You can find his work here: http://www.ixtstudio.com/
When did you first get interested in comics?
You know, I had a typical beginning. I saw issues of Spider-Man at the grocery store when I was little and just immediately went for that.  The Boomerang, the Beetle, other cheesy ’80s villains.  From then on it was full-on addiction, anything I could get my hands on.  I was there when the Carnage stuff started up with Spider-Man.  I remember I had a holo-foil of Robin when he had his own comic.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artists have always been outside of comic books.  I’ve always thought that, whatever field you’re in, you have to bring stuff from outside of it.  One of my favorites has always been John Singer Sargent: he did the most amazing portraiture.  Another is photographer Diane Arbus, who did a lot of portraits of people with physical deformities.  She almost reminds me of the Cohen brothers in how they put in interesting, different people and characters into her work.  You can tell her subject matter really effected her personally.  A lot of music has influenced me too.  You bring all sorts of things from different mediums into what you do.
Do you have a favorite comic book or genre?
I think lately, as I’m getting older, I’m accepting TV and movies as comic books.  A lot of writers – Joss Whedon, Matt Fraction, Robert Kirkman – are bridging that gap.  There’s a definite movement there.  And I really am behind that.  I think some people get down on you by saying “oh, you’re just in comics because you want them to become movies and make money.” Well, no.  It’s all about reaching people.  You want to get your story out there.  So there’s not a big difference between comic books and movies and TV for me anymore.  I’ve also been too busy for comics lately, it’s easier for me to take in a TV show these days.
Left: Marquez’s cover for Harvest Island, an comics project for which he’s also done concept art.  Right: Character design for Arcana’s upcoming Sabbath title.
Prairie City Response concept art

Concept art for Prairie City Response.

What has been your favorite project so far?

…I dunno.  I always feel like the project I’m waiting to do is my favorite.  Sabbath, a title I’m working on for Arcana, is all about mummies, werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster – basically I get to just go nuts. There’s also Prairie City Response, a superhero title I’m creating for.  It has a city within a city thing going on that I really like.  So yeah – it’s always the next one that I”m the most excited about.

What are you working on now?
DC sample pages. I do have a few contacts at DC so I’d like to use them.  I love the energy and ideals behind independent stuff, but you know.  No reason to limit my self.
What’s your dream project? Where do you hope to be in ten years?Erick Marquez plus hat

What’s my dream project is to see – like I said, I love independent work – my dream project is to work on the animation projects in my head.  And in ten years I want to be well established in animation, children’s books, and comic books.

Stay tuned for Part Two, when Erick Marquez tells us about his internship at DC’s home office (including a humorous encounter with Frank Miller)!

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