I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to chat with Dan many times. Now that Hexed is over, I thought this would be a great time to ask a few questions about the Michael Alan Nelson written series:
Tell us a little bit about Hexed.
It was a pretty good book with a wonderful history about a girl who steals magic artifacts.
How did you get into Hexed?
It was my first assignment when I first started to work with BOOM, my editor thought that it will fit with my illustration style.
Who was your favorite character to draw?
The Harlot, she was a spooky crazy lady, it was very fun to draw.
Was it the character or the story that made you pick that character as a favorite?
It was a little of both, her attitude made me draw her in very strange body language and the design of the creature was always fun to draw.
Did you come up with the concepts of Val and Lucifer based off the older artwork or did you throw your own spin on them?
I tried to stick with the designs of Emma Rios at first, but as time passed I began to add some details about the characters.
Were the images done traditional or digital in Hexed?
Unfortunately, they were all digital.
Do you prefer digital or traditional methods for illustrating comics?
Now that I’m working in the traditional way I can say that I prefer a million times the traditional way.
What inspired you to work in comics?
I always liked the superheroes and it was always in my mind that the perfect job to me would be to become a comic book artist.
What is the piece you are most proud of?
I think Hexed # 8 is my favorite.
What is your typical day when working on a comic?
I wake up, make coffee, then work all morning in my pages, make lunch, more coffee, keep working until the night and at last watch some movie or go out.
How long does it take to do a single page (average 6 panels)?
In a very productive day I can finish two pages both pencils and inks.
Who are your inspirations?
That is a long list! The first names that came into my head are, Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope and Mike Mignola.
What is the current project you are working on?
Right now I´m working on Klaus, the secret origin of Santa Klaus
What is your dream project?
There are so many dream projects, but I think the one I really really want is to draw some pages for Deadpool.
If you could pick anyone to act as your mentor, who would it be?
Have you done anything at a convention, as in had a table in artist alley or a booth or been a guest?
Sadly no, I’m really new in this world.
Have people ever cosplayed your work?
Yes! And it was an amazing sensation!
How has the industry changed since you first started?
Not really much, I’m very new in all this, I just under 2 years.
Fan Requested Questions:
Was drawing the monsters/creatures more interesting than humans with powers?
YES, the estrange forms are always more interesting to draw.
How did you come up with the Thief outfit design?
I tried to merge the Harlot character with the spirit of Lucifer and then give it some classic design.
Would you keep working on Hexed if you have the chance?
Yes of course, Hexed was amazing and it was such a great experience, I loved to work with Michael and I would do it again without thinking twice.
Who is your favorite comic book character?
Deadpool or Batman. I don’t really know which to pick.
Who is your favorite author(books)?
What is your favorite movie?
Back to the Future.
What is your favorite band/music artist?
Don’t have a favorite I think.
What is a quirk you have (like dipping fries into chocolate Sunday)?
I like to eat Ice cream with cola and watch some funny movie.
Day or night
Star trek or star wars
Coffee or tea
Coffee one dozen times
Summer or winter
Cats or dogs
Batman or Superman
Movies or a book
Pizza or Burgers
Coke or Pepsi
Next issue release date of current project:
Klaus with Grant Morrison, Nov 4, 2015.