is the talented artist of Alias, Marvel's first title
in the Max line suggested for mature reader.
In the past years
he produced illustrations and comics for major companies such as
DC, Image, Tundra, Caliber and White Wolf.
More info about him
and his works at www.michaelgaydos.com.
You are currently
drawing Alias, the first book of MAX imprint, Marvel's new line
suggested for mature readers. Can you tell us about the story and
its main theme? I have read the first issue and it is GREAT!
Well, Jessica Jones
used to be a superhero, actually she was an Avenger. No one seems
to remember her because she was horrible at it. She has hung up
her costume to pursue the life of a private investigator under the
name Alias Investigations. Her world inexplicably returns somehow
to the world she once belonged and it is a constant reminder of
her failings. These failings feed her excessive drinking, smoking
and anything else that will provide her with a reason to hate herself.
Jessica is not a very happy person, but hopes someday to be.
And of course we
get to see some of Marvel's great heroes along the way.
What do you like
the most in Jessica Jones's character?
I think it has to
be that she is so real. She does have her faults, but how she overcomes
these and betters herself makes her a more interesting and I think, likeable
character. Brian has a wonderful knack for writing believable female
leads and he does it again here; very well I might add.
How do you feel
working on a book like this? I mean, it is a kind of experiment
for Marvel, a strange mix of a bit superheroism with mature theme
I am having a tremendous
time. It is something a bit new for Marvel, but I think so far the
experiment has been a success.
How is working with writer Brian
Fantastic. We have
worked with each other before and I have found it a great experience.
He is extremely talented and it is always exciting to work with
someone who raises the level of work.
you work on full script or is it Marvel style page plot?
Brian provides me
with a full script.
Do you contribute
to the story development or your contribution is only in the visual
I just do the pictures.
Every so often I sneak a change in here and there.
Plus, Bendis is
a comics penciler too. I have noticed some of his typical page structures
such as little panels and zoom camera shots ... Can you explain
your writer/penciler dynamic?
Brian has a very
specific vision for Alias. Being that he is both a writer and artist,
I believe he is able to convey that vision to me either through
script or with layouts.
covers by David Mack are eye-popping. What is your opinion? I know
it is Marvel strategy, but would you like to do some Alias covers?
David is doing an
excellent job on the covers. He has finished them up through issue
5 or 6 and they are beautiful.
Of course I would
love to, but like I said David is doing a great job.
With Quesada is
it really a "New" Marvel? Why?
I think that the
incredible talent he has brought in and the work that's been produced,
as a result of it, speaks for itself.
drawing style is very synthetic, with a strong feeling for the balance
between black and white areas, and attention to character's facial
statement. No splash pages, no easy spectacularism. Do you think
this lack of spectacularism has been, in some way, a handicap for
your comics career?
Perhaps it has been.
I've been fortunate though to find a book that suits me as well
as Alias after ten years in the business.
Which has been
your comics influences? What about classic artists?
My comic influences
include Kent Williams, Dave Mckean, Teddy Kristiansen and Mike Mignola
among others. As for classic artists I would have to say Egon Schiele,
many of the other expressionists, Degas, Sargent, Francis Bacon
and Anselm Kiefer.
Do you use photo reference or
Which comics do
you currently read? Why?
There is nothing
in particular that I follow faithfully. I tend to pick up books
that inspire me both visually and through the writing. Of
course I also pick up everything that Brian puts out :-)
Let's look back.
I remember a brief contribution from you on Caliber's Alan Moore's
Songbook. If I remember well the story was about a femme fatale.
How was working on something by Moore? What is your opinion on his
impact on comics culture?
It was a dream come
true. "Me and Dorothy Parker" is definitely a highlight in my career.
I was very pleased how it turned out.
the voice of modern comics.
worked on a contemporary icon - The Crow - doing some issues for
Image. What about that experience? Do you like working on the character?
It was a great experience.
Not only did I get to draw the Crow, but I got to work with Jon
J. Muth, whose work I greatly admire. Too bad the series ended after
Do you have any
desire to do superhero stuff?
Sure. I don't know
if I would be interested in doing a series, but I would like
to try my hand at something. After all, this is what I grew up reading.
is the best quality a superhero book has to have?
In any way, shape
or form - it has to inspire.
You have to choose the BEST comic
ever done and you have only one shot. What is your pick?
That's a tough one.
By sheer volume of excellence, I would have to choose "Cages" [by
A last one. You
can see the future of comics art, what is the view like?
It's hard to say;
I'm getting glare off of Bendis' head.
Seriously, I think
it will be equally imaginative and innovative as the work coming
out today. I also hope to still be contributing to it.