TZ: What drew you to work on Justice League of America?
DF: It was a chance to work with Geoff. It was just the opportunity.
TZ: How did you get into illustrating?
DF: I did actually know I liked to draw. I was a high school dropout. Art seemed like the way to go. I didn’t know whether or not I was good.
TZ: How did you learn how to draw?
DF: I went to the library, and pick up lots of work. I got feedback from artists in Detroit, and was pretty obsessive. I sent stuff, and got multiple rejections. I then ran into people like Marc Silvestri.
TZ: What were your first major projects?
DF: I did CyberForce and a crossover with Joe Qaesada. I talked to him about Marvel. It’s a small business.
TZ: Why did you want to move to DC?
DF: I never wanted to leave Marvel but I always wanted to do Batman. Marvel’s like family but I hit a point where it was time. I went to DC, and they are like family now.
TZ: What is your work process?
DF: I work at home wake up, get up and work on the computer entirely. I send a .jpeg preview, and then am finished. They then go to colors. Working on the computer made me have more control; it’s nice to have that control.
TZ: How did Jason Fabok hook up with you? I interviewed him in October, and he said you were his mentor…..
DF: Jason emailed me with samples, and he’s fairly local. I had him at the house, and started working with him. He learned very quickly as it was only a few months. He wanted to work with Aspen, and his first DC issue was Superman/Batman. They were happy, and he did a couple issues of Batman: The Dark Knight, Batman Annual and now Detective Comics.
TZ: What interested you in taking on Batman?
DF: I naturally gravitate to darker characters. Gotham. Batman’s suit. It’s all dark; he’s very interesting. It all comes from his builds and guts.
TZ: What made you change to Justice League of America?
DF: I had done Batman for a while, did single character stories and moved to bigger ones.
TZ: Was it the multiple character scenarios?
DF: Multiple characters make it more difficult to showcase each character.
TZ: Who’s your favorite that you have been drawing?
DF: Green Arrow. He’s a real guy, and I like his whole demeanor.
TZ: Can you give fans any previews of what’s to come in the book?
DF: It will have a big story impact. I want it to be iconic and over the top. The script is coming from a pretty honest place. It’s important to make sure they’re real and honest.
TZ: What else are you working on?
DF: I am doing the covers for JLA and Katana. I am also doing covers for an unannounced project.