Darick Robertson, artist of “The Boys” and “Transmetropolitan,” stopped by the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San Diego 2012 to talk about his upcoming creator-owned projects coming up at Image Comics, including “Happy” written by Grant Morrison.
“It’s a Christmas story, but it’s really dark and yet funny. In a wonderful Grant Morrison mixture, it’s sort of ‘Sin City’ meets ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,'” Robertson told CBR. “It’s about a ex-cop named Nick Sachs who’s now a hit man and really just a bottom-level human being having the weirdest day of his life. It involves a little blue horse named Happy. It’s sort of like the less you know the better. It’s strangely in my wheelhouse and yet, stuff I haven’t had a chance to draw before.”
Robertson also spoke about his other Image book, “Oliver” with “Book of Eli” writer/creator Gary Whitta, which came about shortly after he was contracted for “Happy” hanging out with Image publisher Eric Stephenson.
“[‘Oliver’] is a steampunk reinterpretation of the classic ‘Oliver Twist’ by Dickens with a completely original understory by Gary,” said Robertson. “It’s post-apocalyptic and yet full of really vibrant characters and a place for me to go crazy with my designs and work in a genre that I haven’t gotten to, but I love. I see steampunk in ‘Star Wars,’ I see steampunk in a lot of places people don’t see it. I think it’s been lingering around popular culture for a while.”
Robertson also shared the type of artist he thinks he is and revealed he hasn’t yet read “Transmetropolitan” all the way through and spoke about moving forward from “The Boys” and how he approaches comparing himself to other artists.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done, but I’m very excited about what I’m doing now,” he said. “I think ‘Happy’s’ going to represent a new watermark for what I can do as an artist, but I’ve learned in the last few years to stop comparing myself to others and focus on what I’m doing. That’s really all I can control.”
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