I have known D.J. and his better half for almost a year now. I am Proud to call them friends. His better half and I use to treat Emergency Patients together in the E.R. in downtown Pittsburgh. She's good. REAL GOOD. The kind of person you WANT working on you in an Emergency.
An amazing artist and Uber Geek, D.J. has the tendency to put the true emotion of a "Fan-Boy" into his work. You can feel the passion he has for his craft, just by turning the pages of "God Child". I'm an alternate history buff, as you might tell from my Fiction Series "War in the Backyard". So when I happily bought my 1st issue of "God Child" I was stoked! D.J. Even has his work on the cover of "Pittsburgh: City Paper"
IMP- How long have you been Illustrating/Making comics?
DJ -I remember drawing copies of comic strips from the newspaper when I was a boy and dreaming about either working for Disney or having my own comic strip in the paper. I have worked professionally as a comic book artist / creator since 1998 when I drew Zombieopolis which was solicited through Arrow Comics. Also around that time I was working on Crackers and Lionxor for James Patrick and doing backups for Dark Horse on Arch Enemies. Basically drawing my own mini and web comics using my own art/writing to attract paying gigs from independent comics writers. For about a year from 1999 until 2000 my strip Gravity ran in syndication published in about 50 newspapers.
IMP - What got you into Comics?
DJ- I saw my first comic books in a barber shop when I was 7 or 8. I remember reading Avengers, X-Men and GI Joe and I was hooked. It was like an epiphany that someone actually drew these things. That I could draw these things.
IMP -Favorite Comic books growing up and why?
DJ- I liked the "What If" Comics the best. I would walk about 2 miles to buy them at the 7/11. I remember "What if daredevil killed the kingpin" and "What if X-men lost inferno". They were the best because they gave you an alternate imagination of what could have happened. The watcher always saw all the different possibilities and outcomes. I think that was interesting to me because I was always writing my own stories in my head.
IMP -Favorite projects worked on so far?
DJ - I don't really have a favorite, but I enjoyed working on Hero By Night in the hero genre.
IMP -Future projects?
DJ - Currently I am working on a few sets of Marvel sketch cards by Upper Deck. I'm excited to see them in circulation. Other than that I am also trying to finish up issue four of The God Child so that the collected edition can be published through Caliber Comics. Not really sure what is on the horizon after that. (CLICK IMAGE FOR CALIBER COMICS)
IMP -Biggest achievements so far?
DJ - In July 2006 my Hero by Night won the first annual Comic Book Challenge contest. It opened a lot of opportunities for me and allowed me to work exclusively on my own ongoing series for a few years. It was a learning experience being exposed to the mainstream market.
IMP -How do you feel the industry boom, with conventions, movies and games; has affected comic books?
DJ - The injection of comics into mainstream culture has made this is a very exciting time for comics. There is plenty of room for everyone both for readers and professionals. There is really anything you could possibly want out there.
IMP -If you could have one super power
DJ - I would like to be immortal. I like stories and the world and think it would be awesome to watch history unfold and the ways that the world will change. I think life is a series of events that we can learn from. I'd like to be able to experience and learn and share knowledge with others. Until ya know I'm floating around in outer space without a planet, on second thought, that would probably suck.
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CEO Spike Bowan is the Pittsburgh based Actor/Director/ Author/ Creator of the Alternate History Genre/Fiction saga "War in the Backyard".
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