Please explain what just happened.

I just opened this Word file and started answering these questions.

What is your earliest memory?

Going to the toy store with my grandmother. We were poor so I couldn’t actually get anything, but man, I could play with the toys for hours.My granny was very patient with me.

If you weren’t a comic book artist what other profession would you choose?

If I wasn’t a comic book creator I would be a panhandler.  I don’t think I’m equipped to do anything else.

Describe a typical workday.

I wake up around seven o’clock and try to hit the gym. I get to my drawing table around 8:30 and work until about 6:00 or 7:00 — sometimes less, sometimes more.

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

Well, there was that time they gave me two burgers in the drive-thru when I only ordered one, and I returned the extra burger.I should have kept it… it was delicious!

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Don’t worry.  You will have sex someday.

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

I’m 90’s R&B all the way.Definitely Jodeci.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

ESPN, ComicBookResources and Twitter.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

All of the artists I loved in my youth: George Perez, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Art Adams and Marc Silvestri.

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Uncanny X-Men (the book that started me collecting comics).
New Mutants Annual #1 (one of the best comics of all time).
The Dark Knight.

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

When I was asked to work on an X book in the 90’s and I turned it down.

 

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

Kevin Bacon is in X-Men First Class, directed by Mathew Vaughn. Mathew Vaughn directed Kick Ass, created by Mark Millar.  Mark worked on Youngblood with Rob Liefeld, and I was Rob Liefeld’s assistant.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Guilt is a useless emotion in my opinion, but I’m guessing if I kicked a puppy I’d feel very guilty! (For the record I have never kicked a puppy)

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I try to break down why they do what they do and what about their work gets my juices flowing. Then I try to figure out if I can incorporate that into my work without ripping off their style.

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your new book, Blindside?

It was the lack of truly exciting comics… action-packed, balls to the wall comics like we used to have. I talk to fans at conventions all over the country and it seems a lot of them are looking for those types of books. So, I figured why not just take a chance and do one?It’s what I want to draw anyway. So far it has been awesome!

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Who gives a shit?!

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Kevin Hart, John Legend, Mark Millar, Dwayne Johnson.

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

It would be Blindside.It’s my dream project! It’s the comic I always wanted to draw. Plus, I think people will really love the book once it comes out… so if I had an unlimited budget I would just keep doing it until I ran out of stories to tell.

What do you want to know?

Where can I find the perfect woman?! Hahaha…

What would you like your last words to be?

No regrets.

Please explain what will happen.

Blindside will hit the comic book market like gangbusters.It will be made into a movie and I will be über-successful… one can hope!

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MARAT MYCHAELS grew up in Los Angeles where he first fell in love with comics working as a store clerk at the Golden Apple comic book store. At just thirteen, while at a local comic book convention, he met another aspiring young artist, Rob Liefeld (who was only 16 himself at the time). The two struck up an immediate friendship and kept in touch. Years later, as Rob Liefeld was working on Marvel Comic’s New Mutants he hired on a fresh out of high school Mychaels as his assistant.

It didn’t take long before Liefeld realized Mychaels was ready to step up and start penciling his own book, and he offered him Brigade, a title released under the Image Comics imprint in the mid-90’s. Marat became Image Comics' first rookie artist and has since worked with such other comic book greats as Alan Moore, Robert Kirkman, and Dan Jurgens. Coming off his successful run on Deadpool Corps for Marvel Comics, Mychaels has decide to once again dive in to the creator-owned pool and unleash his own creation, Blindside.

Mychaels is currently funding the initial release himself, raising the money through friends and fans. To contribute (as well as receive some pretty amazing incentives, including original artwork), visit his page at Kickstarter.com.

One response to “21 Questions with Marat Mychaels”

  1. Sandy says:

    Nice… Great answers.. 🙂

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