[Video Interview] Writer/Artist David Mack – Guest of Honor at Long Beach Comic Expo 2020

David Mack

One of the first must-see events of the new year happened last weekend, Saturday, January 11th & Sunday, January 12th when Long Beach Comic Expo kicked off the 2020 convention season!

For this year’s event, Long Beach Comic Expo placed the spotlight on comic book writer/artist David Mack as their Guest of Honor this year. The creator of the highly-acclamied KABUKI series, writer/artist on Marvel’s DAREDEVIL, artist on a slew of covers from across numerous publishers, and so much more, took time out to speak with PopCultHQ. We discussed his (dare I say) legacy-defining creator-owned title KABUKI, which is reaching a new generation of comic book fans and art admirers. We chatted about what’s on tap for him in 2020, and talked a bit about him receiving the Guest of Honor title at this year’s Long Beach Comic Expo. Before we get to the video interview, here’s a little background on David.

About David Mack:
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David Mack is the New York Times Best Selling author of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, cover artist for FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk, the writer & artist of Daredevil from Marvel Comics, including DAREDEVIL: End of Days which debuted in hardcover as #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (Co-written with Brian Michael Bendis), and the author of his children’s book THE SHY CREATURES from MacMillan.

Mack’s work has garnered nominations for seven Eisner Awards, four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards in the category of Best New Talent, as well as many other national and international awards and nominations.

Mack’s KABUKI books have been the subject of under-graduate and graduate university courses in Art and Literature, and listed as required reading. His work is on exhibit in the Philadelphia Museum of art with Michelangelo, Titian, & Rubens. His work has been studied in graduate seminars at USC and hung in the Los Angeles Museum of Art. He’s lectured at universities and taught classes in writing, drawing, and painting all over the world, including a Masterclass at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, for Japan’s School of Communication Arts of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, and an invitation to speak at Harvard as the Guest of Honor at their annual Science Fiction Writing convention.

David Mack is one of the only creators to be listed in both the Top Ten Writers List, and the Top Ten Artists List in Wizard Magazine. Mack’s writing and art work on KABUKI, have earned him international acclaim for his innovative storytelling, sophisticated content, mixed media painting techniques, and page design. KABUKI is available internationally and has been translated in seven different languages, in addition to nearly two million copies of KABUKI Comics, Paperbacks, and Hard cover graphic novels in print in the U.S. alone. The series has spawned successful lines of action figures, toys, and sophisticated collectables and art objets (many of which were featured on Showtimes TV show DEXTER). Mack has toured and exhibited his work in Europe, Asia, and America with numerous gallery shows, and book signing tours at premier bookstores in over a dozen countries. He was the first American to be nominated for Germany’s most prestigious Max-Und-Moritz award in the category of Best Imported Comic.
Mack has illustrated poetry collaborations with Neil Gaiman and U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, & wrote the adaptation of Science Fiction Master Philip K. Dick’s Electric Ant as a graphic novel at Marvel Comics.

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Without further ado, here’s my chat with mega-talented creator David Mack. Please excuse any “uhs” or brief losses of words during the interview. I kept having a voice pop in my head saying, “Are you frakkin’ kidding me? You’re interviewing David Mack right now? Is this real?” Sorry, still parts of me that fanboys a bit.

A huge thanks goes out to David for taking the time to speak with PopCultHQ. For more info on David, his upcoming projects, and appearances, be sure to follow him online (links below).

PopCultHQ wants you to experience the artistic genius that is David Mack. And what better way than a copy of his recently-released 400-page omnibus for KABUKI from Dark Horse Comics! And the copy is SIGNED by David himself at this past weekend’s Long Beach Comic Expo!

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Here is a look at what you could win…

KABUKI OMNIBUS Vol. 1 TPB

Writer: David Mack
Artist: David Mack
Cover Artist: David Mack
Genre: Art BookFantasy
Publication Date: December 11, 2019
Format: FC, 400 pages; TPB; 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Price: $29.99
Age range: 14
ISBN-10: 1-50671-606-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-50671-606-0

Celebrate 25 years of David Mack’s Kabuki and immerse yourself in the inspiration for Sony’s upcoming Kabuki television series!

A young woman, code name ”Kabuki”, struggles with her identity in near-future Japan. Working as an operative for a clandestine government agency known as ”the Noh,” Kabuki neutralizes dangerous individuals before they become national-level threats, but when the agency she works for, is compromised, Kabuki’s personal quest sends her down a difficult path to her own self-discovery, that may bring her in direct conflict with the powers she formerly served.

The origin, the foundation of the story . . . the very beginning of the acclaimed series created by David Mack. This edition collects the first two original Kabuki volumes, Circle of Blood and Dreams, in an easy-to-read trade paperback . . . the perfect book for fans of Mack and Kabuki, and brand-new Kabuki readers!


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