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Five Questions with...
Artist Mike Mez Phillips

1) On what project are you currently working?

Currently, I am not working on any projects except the multiple commission pieces that still need to be completed. I have been approached to provide both the pencils and inks on projects over the last couple of months but due to the timing or other issues nothing has been set in stone. So I keep drawing and reviewing scripts that are provided to me.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

There are so many to name that singling out just one is impossible. But, a couple come to mind, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, David Finch, and the list goes on. The reason that I admire these people is they saw what they wanted and went for it.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I had always like comics but never thought about drawing them until I was in college. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a fraternity brother had dropped off a box of comic books to my roommate. One morning I was up early and decided to read a couple and I was hooked. I was in the process of changing my major and art was it. I went through the art program in a little over two years and then spent the next five submitting to the big three: Marvel, DC, and Image. Around 2003, myself, my wife, and a friend formed our own studio and printed a book of our own creation. We received a good regional response but not much else. Shortly, after we printed our book my wife and I had our son and at that point I thought that comics were a thing of the past. Until this past summer, I was talking to my current manager and he said that everyone should follow their dream and enjoy the work they do. After this talk and an extended eight year break, I picked up a pencil again and really started to draw. I had done some work prior to this, but not much. Now with the support of my wife, son, and family, I am back.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

If given the opportunity, here are the books that I would most like to work on:
Marvel: "Moon Knight," "Nightcrawler," "Wolverine," or "Deadpool"
DC: "Nightwing," "Batgirl," or "Aquaman"
For both companies, these are the titles that have always intrigued me.

5) On what project will you be working next?

As for what is next for me, we will have to see. I may find that book that piques my interest or I may do a re-launch of the my own book. Who knows? I do know I will keep working and providing the best possible art that I can. 

Find more of Mike Mez Phillips here.

(posted April 7, 2015)