Today our writer Austin A. Hamblin interviews Mickey Babinski who is an indy comic book artist which has done work for Marvel and DC comics and many more.
Me: For those unfamiliar with your work what have you all worked on?
Mikey: A variety of books: for DC JSA vs Kobra mini series, Power of Shazam, Wonder Woman, The Outsiders. For Marvel X23, She Hulks, Hulk vs Dracula, some Deadpool covers, Amazing Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.
Me: What was the most rewarding project you have worked on?
Mikey: Not sure there’s any one project that rewarded more than another. Each led to the next, like doing a cover for X23 led us to doing a few issues. But looking back, I’m really proud of She Hulks. I think it was a really fun book that should have seen a full year.
Me :You frequently work with and live near artist Don Kramer what is that like?
Mikey: Very nice because I still get to sleep in-! And because I’m able to work over at his place, the work is more collaborative, so it’s easier to bounce ideas off him in terms of trying different techniques or textures.
Me: Who do you look up to as an inker?
Mikey: I’m always trying to learn from any inkers work. Everyone has a different kind of style and toolbox of techniques, and no two inkers will handle the same
artist the same way. I don’t really pattern myself after anyone in particular, but inkers like Scott Williams, Jonathan Glapion, Danny Miki are ones I try and study
more than most.
Me: Are you the only artistic one in your family?
Mikey: I have a sister in law who is an amazing artist. Any medium, she kicks my butt.
Me: How did you get your start in comics?
Mikey: Right place, right time, knowing the right person. Don’s inker left for Marvel and DC had no one ready to go to replace him, so Don recommended me, and at
first I was able to ink him as a kind of trial until they found someone but they liked what I was doing so I stuck around. I had absolutely no luck submitting or showing samples at conventions.
Me: What are you currently working on?
Mikey: A kickstarter project called TILT SHIFT, which follows an army photographer in Afghanistan, and a book for Image called Eden, created and illustrated by Eric Henson.
Me: What advice would you give an aspiring inker?
Mikey: Ink samples of artists you feel like you can do a good job on, and ink samples of artists who are going to be at conventions you attend. You’ll get better advice
from them about your work than you will from an editor, or even some inkers. Listen to what they have to say. The best way to break in is to network and impress
enough people one of them may remember you when they know of a project that needs an inker.
Me: Any big plans for the future (in comics)?
Mikey: Self-publishing my own comic may be my biggest goal. Just not sure when I’ll ever get around to it.
We would like to thank Mikey Babinsk for taking time to do this interview and we hope to do so again in the Future.
Interview done by Austin A. Hamblin.