Craig: For those of us
reading the interview, that kinda don't reconize the name, mind giving
everyone a run down of your past, currents and maybe future projects
that your working on?
Ethan: Okay. When I was 18, I created a little guy named
CYBERFROG, and I wrote and drew his adventures at a couple of
companies, most notably Harris comics. I spent 4 years doing CYBERFROG,
until the industry just got to the point where it became unfeasible to
do such a project. At the time, it was ALL about Bad Girls. No matter
how big I made CYBERFROG's boobs, it just couldn't keep up with LADY
DEATH. It was time to move on.
I've always liked IMPULSE, especially Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos'
take on him, and decided to set my sights on a few IMPULSE related
projects. I bounced around, doing a couple of IMPULSE inventory and
fill in books, as well as a few back up stories in some of the 80 page
Giant books that DC has been doing lately. A year or so later, Craig
Rousseau decided to move on from his two year tenure on the book, and
there I was. I've got some big shoes to fill, no pun intended, since
I'm the new regular penciller, starting with IMPULSE #50. And that, of
course, is my future work.
Craig:What really made you
want to get into the comics industry? Have you accomplished any goals
that you set at the begining of your career?
Ethan:I read comics as a kid, just like every other pro working
now. Nobody just stumbles into work in comics. You do it because it's
a labour of love. It's what you wanted to do as a kid, like a fantasy
job. I stopped reading comics when I got to high school, because I
started to focus more on girls and things like that, but once I
graduated I began to draw Cyberfrog in order to get the practice I
needed to make this into a career.
As for goals accomplished, I think I've set up my life like a sort of
step ladder. Little steps, all bringing me closer to...something good.
I'm not really sure what my end goal is. But, for example, my first
goal was just to finish an issue of Cyberfrog for my friends and
family to read. From there, another, and from there, to get published.
It's a lot more positive to set small goals, and accomplish them one
by one. It makes everything seem more possible.
Craig: Your getting ready
to jump on as the artist of Impulse as of issue 50, are you looking
forward to your run with Todd Dezago? Can you tell us any spoilers, or
any kind of hints on changes in the book or story as from the past
Ethan: Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to working with
I've never worked well with
writers before. I always had a problem, even when I tried to get some
writing help with CYBERFROG, I'd try and explain the 'vibe' of the
book to a particular writer, and they'd come up with horrible
directions for the series that were just off in left field as far as I
was concerned. I gave up trying to find a partner, even though I was
never comfortable with my own writing abilities.
Todd, on the other hand, is always coming up with ideas that are dead
on, perfect, exactly what I want to draw. Often times, I'll call him
up with a small idea I had, and he'll either have already thought of
it, or latch on to it immediately with improvements. And we're being
given so much freedom from DC, that we'll be creating, or bringing
back, some of the weirdest, coolest characters each month.
Craig: As most of the AOL
message board readers know, your an avid reader of Young Justice.
Craig: A) What is your opinon of the book?
Ethan: I think it's just great.
Craig: B) The character portrayal?
Ethan: Different, but just great.
Craig: C) The writer, Peter David?
Ethan: Looms large in legend, in my opinion. Splendid.
Craig: D) The artwork on the series?
Ethan: Todd Nauck is really good. I've been looking at his
stuff since the EXTREME days. He's gotten much better, too.
Craig: E) If you were
writing the book what changes would you personally make to add you own
Ethan: I wouldn't be writing YOUNG JUSTICE, since I don't
really enjoy writing. If I were drawing it, I'd make Bart skinnier and
younger. But Todd Nauck has a really cool looking Impulse.
Craig: Rumor on the
grapevine, is that you've written and illistrated an upcoming issue of
Impulse. Mind informing the readers if this rumor is true? If so, how
about a little bit of info on what issue it will be, maybe a little of
Ethan:The rumor is true, but I don't know where we'll use it
now....It doesn't fit in to what Todd Dezago and I have planned, so I'm
not sure. Anyhow, I wrote the story, and had my friend Shon Bury script
the finished pages for me. I wish I had thought of using my friend Sandy
Quick to ink it, because then the credits on the outside cover would
read BURY VAN SCIVER QUICK. Which would be good advice. ;)
Craig:What do you consider
the best aspect of the Impulse character? The Worst? What is your
Ethan: I like Impulse's sheer innocence. He's a good kid, just
slightly naive, and very impatient. I like the way he would rather play
video games than chase girls, and I enjoy the way he has silly teenage
independence battles with Max. I'm not sure of the worst aspect of the
character. When he's written correctly, he's a very likable, unique
hero. My favorite story, the one that I've read over and over again,
would have to be Impulse #13. Perfect story, perfect art.
Craig:If you could have your choice to
work on other DC comics title, what would it be? Why? Also, same
question, but Marvel title and why?
Ethan: I don't know. Maybe PLASTIC MAN, since I've always loved
Jack Cole's work on that character. And Jack Cole was quite an
interesting guy too. Somebody should make a movie about him.
Marvel.....I don't know. I considered taking a job revamping POWER PACK,
but I'm perfectly happy doing IMPULSE.
Craig:Who are some of your favorite
heroes, in the comics universe, what turns you on too there books,
Ethan:Superman will always be my favorite. My mom made me a
reversible cape, when I was four. One side was Superman, the other was
Batman. Well, I kept the Superman side on all the time. And I'd ride my
Big Wheel extra fast. I had a fight with a neighborhood kid around that
time about who was more 'like' Superman. He won, he had dark hair. I had
a big blonde afro.
Craig: Who are your favorite writers and
artists in the business. (And no sucking up to Todd, you already got the
job. JUST KIDDING)
Ethan:Oh, besides Todd, huh? Well, Todd Dezago is seriously one
of my favorites, but leaving him out it would have to be Mark Waid,
Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Peter David....same old list of guys,
really. As for artists, Brian Bolland, Dale Keown, John Byrne, Howard
Porter, Humberto Ramos, Art Adams, Gary Frank, Greg Land and Gene Ha are
guaranteed to sell me a book. There are soooo many good artists working
right now. I'm always amazed.
Craig: What is you view on the industry
right now? The competition between DC/Marvel? Your own feelings on
titles? Anything, you'd like to express to fans.
Ethan: I try not to think about the state of the industry. It's
too sad. When the speculator craze was happening, everybody knew and
predicted that it would come to this, but no changes were made. And
dammit, I wasn't working yet, so I never got to make a million dollars
off of one issue! (J/K)
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