Interview conducted by email in November 2004.
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Gene Ha (
) is the award-winning co-creator of America's Best Comics "Top 10" series written by comics legend Alan Moore.
smoky man: Let start with a curiosity. What are you currently working on? Right now, what on your drawing board?
Gene Ha: I'm hard at work on
prequel. For a while now, I've worked on occasional side projects while also working on
That slowed me down. Now I'm committed to only working on the
and nothing else.
sm: I think your style is pretty unique in the comics scene. So detailed and with strong storytelling. I particularly appreciate your human figures which seem so "elongated". Maybe it's just me but I find some resemblance with the art of painter El Greco. So, which
are your artistic influences? Did you receive any formal education or are you autodidact?
GH: I'm decently talented, but I'm no autodidact. I studied commercial art at an art college in Detroit. I became noted for my oil painting. It was the only medium which I understood instinctively as soon as I started using it. (Maybe I am an autodidact!)
But oil paint is too slow for commercial art. When I entered comics, I accepted the standard American job divisions: writer, penciller, inker, colorist and letterer. I became a penciller. At the time, my college didn't teach anything resembling American style comics illustration. So to that extent, I'm