6 Questions with Eric Esquivel

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First comic you remember reading:  Batman #433, by John Byrne and Jim Aparo–chapter one of the “The Many Deaths of Batman” saga.

I don’t know if you remember that particular issue, but Act One kicks off with a pair of Gotham city detectives finding Batman dead, and strung up on a fence like a crucified Jesus Christ.  We cut from there to the city morgue, wherein a a tearful Jim Gordon pulls the mask off our hero’s bruised and broken corpse to reveal a blonde, blue-eyed man we’ve never seen before–A disciple of The Batman’s legacy, despite having never met the guy in-person.
It traumatized the Heck outta me, but it also introduced me to the idea that an identity can be larger than a man. Powerful stuff for a four year old.

I haven’t looked back since.
Creators who have inspired you:  The artists who  have had the most profound impact on my life are the folks whose work encouraged me to get more excited about the “real world”–people whose stuff references all of the junk humanity has been fascinated with since we started using our own blood  and excrement to record our thoughts cave walls.  Those folks include:  Joseph Campbell, Grant Morrison, Deepak Chopra, Peter Milligan, Dan Harmon, Warren Ellis, Russell Brand, Matt Fraction, Elliot S! Maggin, Matthew Weinder,Howard Chaykin, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller…
Dream Project: See below.
Current Project: Loki: Ragnarok and Roll, Adventure Time #27 & #28, Wonderland #22-#25, Critter Annual #2, unannounced stuff from Archie, IDW, and Papercutz.
Favorite Art Tools: Moleskine Folio “Professional” Notebook, clinical Narcissism
Where can people find you and your work online:

Twitter: @ericMesquivel
Facebook: Facebook.com/ericMesquivel

 

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