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5 MINUTES WITH. DAVID MACK!

FROM THE MAN HIMSELF: David Mack is the creator, author and artist of KABUKI, now published through the ICON imprint..

Mack's work has garnered nominations for two 1999 International Eagle Awards in the categories of Favorite Comic Artist (Painted), and Best Cover Art of the Year (Painted), the Eisner Awards in the category of Best Painter, and both the Harvey and Kirby awards in the category of Best New Talent, as well as other awards and nominations. KABUKI, has earned David international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques, and page design. It is available in seven different languages in addition to well over a million copies of KABUKI Comics, Paperbacks, and Hardcovers in print in the U.S. alone. Mack has toured and exhibited throughout, Europe, Asia, and America. He was the first American to be nominated for Germany's most prestigious Max-Und-Moritz award in the category of best imported comic.

David did not attend a specialized art school, but earned a full scholarship to a University for five years. There, he studied multiple disciplines in art and academics, including World History, Anatomy & Physiology and the Japanese Language. He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in English. His books have been the subject of under-graduate and graduate university coursed in Art and Literature, and listed as required reading. His work has been studied in graduate seminars at USC and hung in the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

In addition to the writing and cover art for Daredevil, and writing and painting the KABUKI Comic Books, David has also written the treatment for the KABUKI Film which is in pre-production with Fox Animation, a division of Twentieth Century Fox. Along with writing duties, his film credits will include Visual Designer, Creative Consultant, and Co-Producer.

Mack has illustrated and designed jazz and rock albums including work for Paul McCartney) for both American and Japanese labels, and worked as a designer for companies in Hong Kong.

KABUKI #1 LIMITED EDITION ALEX MALEEV COVER - SIGNED BY DAVID MACK

DF: How has the transition been from Image to ICON?
DAVID MACK: It has exceeded all of our expectations. Everyone involved in the transition have been great to work with. And Bendis, Oeming and I are very grateful to our readers. Both the new ones and those that have been with us from the beginning.

DF: What is the schedule of Kabuki moving forward?
DAVID MACK: I'll continue to do publish Kabuki at Marvel ICON bi-monthly like I always have before. All six volumes of Kabuki continue to be available from Image in paperback and hardcover.

DF: Will you be doing any more work on Daredevil? Any other Marvel projects in the works?
DAVID MACK: I don't have any immediate plans to return to Daredevil. I will continue to do some writing for some other Marvel projects in the future.

DF: What does the immediate future hold for Kabuki? Long term?
DAVID MACK: The current Kabuki storyline, "The Alchemy" will be a fairly long story. At least 8 issues, maybe longer. I have the next several Kabuki storylines already written. And I will also be doing storylines of each of the other Noh Agents. Tigerlily or Siamese will probably be the next to have their stories told.

DF: Who are your biggest artistic influences? Who influences your writing?
DAVID MACK: My mother has been my biggest creative influence. She was a first grade school teacher so she always had art supplies for me to use, and she was always creating artistic ways to teach her students. A lot of the things I learned as a child from my mother are creative principles that I use everyday in my writing and artwork.

DF: What's your dream assignment at DC? Marvel?
DAVID MACK: I'd like to eventually do a Batman story at DC. I'd enjoy working on a Sandman story with Neil Gaiman. I will definitely do another Marvel project with Brian Michael Bendis. I'd like to make a Marvel hardcover collection of all the Daredevil and Alias covers that I've made.

Our selection of comics by David Mack can be found here and we highly recommend checking out his work on Kabuki.

We'll be back next week with another installment of 5 Minutes With. !

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