ZADZOOKS: Nick Stakal’s lifelong love of art

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Favorite character to draw: When I first started getting back into drawing after school and buying some comics and seeing what was out there, I picked up a copy of one of the prose Cal McDonald novels Steve had written, on a whim, because I liked the Ashley Wood cover art. I read it and thought to myself, “Here’s a character I’d love to draw, a down-and-out detective who smokes and drinks and has bandages on his face, and he fights monsters.” Then here I am, five years down the road, and it’s what I’m working on.

Current state of the comic-book industry: This seems like something lots of people like to go on and on about. Personally, I don’t have that much experience to have a real positive or negative opinion on it. I’ve been lucky enough to get steady work since the day I started, and I’m just happy to be doing something I love, drawing.

Last comic book read for fun: Three Shadows. It’s a little graphic novel by a fantastic artist about these three dark riders who come one night to take away this couple’s child, so the father sets out on an adventure to save the kid. The art is amazing; the story is wonderful and sad; highly recommended.

Characters you would like to draw: I’ve always loved Batman. He can be drawn a lot of ways, he hangs out in the shadows, does detective things. I think even more exciting would be the chance to draw some literary characters, things like Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula, stuff from H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard stories, or even something like Don Quixote.

Favorite image: Lately I’ve been fascinated with the painting “The Isle of the Dead” by Arnold Bocklin.

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