Interview with Mitch Breitweiser
March 09, 2009
GF: Can you tell us a little about your work flow? How do you typically begin a project? Your work is incredibly detailed; how thoroughly do you research a project before you begin? How long does a typical illustration take to complete?
MB: First thing I do is make a lot of notes on my script. Most of them are illegible squiggles, but they lay the groundwork for how the story will progress visually. Whether I need a long shot or an upshot, or which panel should have the most emphasis on a page. From there I move into some pretty rough layouts. I used to do pretty detailed layouts, but I found them to be a bit redundant.
I do a healthy amount of research. Scouring the web for reference eats up quite a bit of my time.
For me, the typical comic book page takes me about a day and a half to pencil and ink.
GF: Tell us a little about Captain America: The Chosen. What sort of challenges did the project present? How were you able to resolve them?
MB: Working with David Morrell on “The Chosen” was a great experience. I had always been drawn to Cap. For me, Captain America was just like Batman, but with out the gloominess. I let Marvel know pretty early on that he was my favorite character, and that I wanted to play in his sandbox. While the book wasn’t exactly the Cap story I had always wanted to do, it was the project that made my name synonymous with Captain America. It was my first chance to tackle a major Marvel character, so I had a bit of nerves, but I really started to get my sea legs as an artist towards the end of the book.
GF: Do you have any new and exciting projects that you are working on that you would like to share with my readers?
MB: Right now I am working on a Sub-Mariner 70th Anniversary special that comes out in April. I’m also doing a lot of cover work at the moment.
GF: Illustrating a comic book clearly takes a lot of time. How do you balance your work with your personal life? What do you do when you’re not working? How do you get over creative slumps?
MB: Ha! What personal life? When your job is also your hobby, and you work from home, the lines between life and work really get blurry. During crunch time my wife, Elizabeth (who is a comic book colorist), and I don’t see the sunlight for several days in a row. The comic conventions are fun, though, because we get to do a descent bit of travelling. We try to turn conventions into mini-vacations whenever we can.
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