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Interview with Mitch Breitweiser

Interview with Mitch Breitweiser

Grant Friedman

March 09, 2009

Mitch Breitweiser is a professional comic book artist who has illustrated numerous pop culture icons such as Iron Man, the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four. Grant Friedman interviews Mitch Breitweiser on how he began his career. Read more to find out about Mitch Breitweiser.

GF: Mitch, thanks so much for taking the time to participate in this interview. I have always loved comic books and your artwork is truly amazing. Can you begin by explaining a bit about yourself? Where are you from? What is your educational background?

MB: Thanks. I grew up outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. It wasn’t exactly a bastion of the arts, but I was a highly motivated youngster. I knew I wanted to be a comic book artist at a pretty young age, and once I made my mind up, it was full steam ahead. I was always checking out how-to-draw books, comic books, reading a lot of science fiction, and most importantly drawing and painting.

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After high school I got a BS in Art at a small liberal arts college in Arkansas called Harding University. I graduated in 2000, and made a b-line for the New York City area to kick off my career as a comic artist. Six years of rejection letters later I finally got my big break at Marvel, and I haven’t looked back since.

GF: In your time with Marvel, you have illustrated many pop culture icons including Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and The Hulk. Can you tell us a little about how you got involved in the comic book industry?

MB: Since I was a kid I loved drawing and writing stories. When I discovered comics, everything just clicked for me. Narrative and Visuals blended together for 22 fantastic, mind-bending comic book pages. I don’t write a whole lot anymore, but I think my love of creating stories has helped me become a better visual storyteller.

GF: Had you always wanted to work in the comic book industry? How did you turn your dream into reality?

MB: After Six years of trying to break in, and going to conventions, and getting rejection letters, my patience was beginning to wear thin, and I was considering giving up on comics. About that same time someone totalled my car, and I got this big fat check. I took all the new cash and moved to Manhattan and told myself I would give the art thing six more months.

I poured myself into my pages, and every Friday I would take my new work down to the Marvel offices and pass it around the editorial office. I guess they just figured I was never going away, so after 3 or 4 months they started giving me full time work.

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