At WonderCon 2010, David Finch made his first convention appearance since his move to DC Comics exclusivity two months ago. The artist met with a collection of fans on Saturday to answer any questions they might have about him or his current work on covers to DC’s “Brightest Day.”
Right off the bat, an audience member asked what made Finch switch from Marvel to DC. Finch replied, “Its all about the characters, I wanted a chance to draw Superman! I loved being at Marvel, I could have imagined a path where I stayed at Marvel for my whole career. But I knew some people at DC, I felt comfortable moving. Really, its the people who are most important, because ultimately, it’s the people I work with every day.”
Next, an attendee asked if Marvel’s recent acquisition by Disney might have contributed to the change. “No, not at all,” Finch said “In fact, I found out about the Disney thing just after I had finalized the move. I think Disney buying Marvel is a great thing.”
When asked which artist inspired him the most, Finch thought for a moment before running down his list. “Kevin Nowlan, Mike Mignola, Frank Frazetta – the darker angrier artists are what I like more. I don’t think I’m that dark, angry person…hopefully. I think artwork is kind of a release.”
“How does it feel coming into DC during one of their biggest events?” asked one fan.
“Its great. I get to draw characters across the whole line of DC Comics. To get to draw all these characters I’ve really wanted to draw officially. I’ve drawn most of them, really. Which is great.” Finch then began to talk about the different covers he had worked on so far for “Brightest Day.”
“They’re all different, sometimes it’ll be different characters they want just in a cool shot, and other times it’ll be dealing with very specific things and specific references. It’s all new characters to me, and some of them have new costume changes; they’re very specific. I don’t know how many of you have really looked at my work, but I’m not very good at keeping things consistent. I drew Supergirl and forgot the cape and they had to add it in Photoshop.”
The artist mentioned that he was enjoying the chance to work on “different licensed projects and toy designs.” When pressed further about what the toys might be, he replied, “I don’t think I can actually say.”
Finch is set to illustrate all 26 of DC’s biweekly series “Brightest Day” covers. When asked if he would ever return to doing interiors, Finch said, “I will do a monthly book again. I have no doubt.”
Another fan brought up the rising popularity of artists inking and sometimes even coloring their own work. He wondered if David ever planned to do any of this.
“Yeah, I’ve been inking more now than ever.” replied Finch. “I never used to ink my own work. I’ve been doing some coloring, too.” He took some time to mention his appreciation for traditional mediums as opposed to digital. Not that he has a problem with digitally produced things, but he prefers the ability to hold a finished original work in his hands. Finch finished, saying, “I’m hoping to be able to do some painted covers for DC at some point.”
An attendee asked,”Having worked for Marvel and now DC, are there any particular team-up crossovers you’d like to see?”
“I know it would never happen, but I’d love to do a Batman/Daredevil team-up. I think it would be awesome.” responded Finch.
A nervous little boy came to the microphone next to ask David how he became a comic book artist. Finch described the process of going to conventions, showing a portfolio and learning from what people say.
The boy then followed up: “I have a few drawings that I made myself, and was wondering if you would critique them?” Finch agreed, and the audience applauded and yelled their approval.
David held up the drawings at the audience’s request, each one met with loud support. The panel paused for a few minutes as Finch sat with the boy and discussed art.
After the impromptu critique, Finch had time for a final question, and a fan asked what Finch worked on besides comic books.
“Well, for video games, I do character designs. I also did an album cover for Disturbed.” Lastly Finch mentioned, “I have this creator owned thing, It’s called ‘Scardeyville.’ I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. I think right now is the first time I can really say I can’t imagine doing anything else.”