Michael Dia­ly­nas

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Based in Greece, Michael draws The Woods for Boom! Stu­dios

So what’s it like to be work­ing for Boom?

They are very laid-back and easy­go­ing. The Woods is a pro­ject that will run for 36 is­sues so that’s nine trade pa­per­backs. I have a page rate and part­ner­ship cut of what­ever is made. They have a pretty good deal.

What’s your view on the way the comic in­dus­try works?

The in­dus­try is at a high right now with cre­ator-owned books boom­ing com­pared to a few years back. But it’s a weird place for artists com­pared to the 90s, when we had ma­jor selling power and peo­ple would say, “Have you seen the new is­sue of X-Men? Jim Lee’s art is frick­ing awe­some!” Then buy 10 copies and put them in a safe.

What’s changed?

Things have shifted to the other ex­treme, where writ­ers are held as the sole cre­ators of comics and the artists are in­ter­change­able. It’s odd when you think that we work in a vis­ual medium and most artists work all day pen­cilling and ink­ing one page.

What would you change?

Artists should have higher pager­ates, even if it’s an ad­vance of roy­al­ties. Be­cause of the time it takes to make each panel com­mu­ni­cate to the reader, de­sign the char­ac­ters, build the world the story takes place in and act out ev­ery emo­tion on the page. Comic artists have the role of a whole film crew and should be treated as such.

What have you got com­ing up?

In De­cem­ber I’ll have my child­hood dream come true when the first is­sue of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles I’m draw­ing comes out from IDW. I’m psyched!

Michael was laid off dur­ing the fi­nan­cial cri­sis in Greece, so pitched an idea to Dark Horse, and be­came a comic artist.


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