DC Entertainment has just signed international artists Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt to exclusive deals with the Burbank company’s DC and Vertigo Imprints, expanding its roster of non-North American talent.
Brazillian Robson Rocha worked on a number of New 52 titles, including "Birds of Prey," "Superboy" and "Batman/Superman" as a penciller, inker and cover artist. He's currently joining forces with writer Sam Humphries on the cosmic adventures of the “Green Lanterns.”
“I’ve been a fan of comic books since I was a child,” Rocha said in an official statement. “To have the opportunity to work with the DC characters I admire and love so much is a dream come true. These heroes have helped me believe in a better and much more fantastic world. I hope that my contributions to these characters will help to inspire others.”
DC co-publisher and artist Jim Lee praised Robson’s style and highlighted the company’s commitment to diversity in its characters and creators: “Robson’s treatment of both new Lanterns – Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz – is dynamic and light, showing energy and movement in every panel. Having Robson join our ranks is a win for DC.”
Siberian-born Otto Schmidt now resides on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and is currently doing all cover and interior work -- including pencils, inks and colors -- on “Green Arrow," written by Benjamin Percy. Fans were quick to embrace the duo’s take on the Emerald Archer, and the rekindling of his pre-"Flashpoint" romance with Black Canary, resulting in three printings of “Green Arrow: Rebirth #1.”
“Working with DC on ‘Green Arrow’ this year has been a pleasure,” said Schmidt. “The fan reaction has been wonderful and I'm excited to show readers even more of what they love. This is a politically and culturally relevant series, but it should also be sexy and fun to read. That's my goal with every page I turn in. How could I not say 'yes' to drawing more Green Arrow and Black Canary for their fans?”
DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras was enthusiastic about Schmidt’s talent and his contribution to increased sales. “His sequential artwork is beautiful and brings a unique look to an incredible series, and issues are flying off the shelves.” He added, “DC is excited that Otto is calling DC his home, and his art will be on our covers and inside our comics for some time to come.”
These latest signings come on the heels of a series of recent additions to DC’s roster of talent, including artists Liam Sharp and Andy Kubert, and writers Dan Abnett and Amanda Conner.