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At New York Comic Con 2012, fan-favorite artist David Finch stopped by the CBR Tiki Room to talk about his upcoming work on the February-launching “Justice League of America” with writer Geoff Johns, his experiences drawing solo and team books and his desire to direct live-action after directing a commercial.
On working team books versus solo books: “I feel like I kind of go back and forth. I’ll do, like, a ‘Moon Knight’ and after ‘Moon Knight,’ I think I did the big crossover, the ‘Ultimatum’ book. I did Batman, now I’m going on to ‘Justice League of America.’ It’s a nice change, especially with a great writer like Geoff Johns. It’s great getting all those characters and it takes me into some places I wouldn’t go with a solo character book.
On drawing multiple characters in one title: “It’s a challenge I enjoy. I think I always go in thinking, ‘How am I going to do this? It’s crazy, so many characters.’ I’m halfway through the story and it’s just rolled. I think there’s just so much going on and so many character moments. Strictly speaking, I find in a solo character book, there are so many supporting characters and things going on, it’s not like I’m drawing one person. It’s a little tougher, though.”
On “Justice League of America”: “I think the thing that’s really safe for me to say, because I know they’re playing it really close to the vest and that I want to be as careful as possible, but what’s really important for me and really where I’m coming from is Geoff Johns really — these are characters that are really special to him. They’re also characters that aren’t really a blank slate, but in a way, there’s a little more leeway to push them in a direction that’s not a Batman or Superman. He really wanted them to have as much personality as possible and in every shot, really be themselves and express who they are and have body language that supports that. We really talked a lot about who every character is and how to approach it so it supports a story. He’s such a great writer at getting to the heart of a character and knowing exactly who that character is and having the whole story being really about that. It makes it easy for me to approach the story that way.”
On his directing a commercial: “It’s something I would like to do more of. I’ve actually got a short film that I’m writing. I’m calling it a short film, right now it’s like a pipe dream. I’m so busy, I don’t have time. I’m really hoping. I’ve got somebody in mind that I really want to act in it, he’s great. I’m hoping for next summer. I’m trying, but it’s a hobby. The commercials were great. I think they were a great learning experiences for me. The big difference with comics is I don’t know if you could call it being a director because I found being a director is dealing with chaos. You have no control over so many things — the light changes and people don’t cooperate. When I’m drawing, I have complete control over everything. It’s very different, but it’s fun, exhilarating.