MINUTES WITH. DAVID MACK!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Who are your biggest artistic influences? Who influences your
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.
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.
selection of comics by David Mack can be found here
and we highly recommend checking out his work on Kabuki.
be back next week with another installment of 5 Minutes With.