Greg Capullo is by far my favorite artist, as you can probably tell from my previous posts. I’ve only been reading comics seriously for a few years but I know what I like when I see it, and I think his work is some of the most creative I have ever seen. I realize he is famous for other works that he has done, namely Spawn, but I know him best his work on Scott Snyder’s Batman. He certainly has a unique style of his own. All of his characters look different. He has an amazing eye for detail. He does some amazing things with panel. He has a Riddler panel that just must be seen that he drew in Zero Year. He did some pages in the Court of Owls where, as you read it, you notice that it is sideways. You turn the page, and then you have to turn it again so now the comic is upside down. And when you go to turn to the next page you don’t know which page to turn, you are confused. This fits in perfectly with the story as Bruce too is confused and going crazy.
Capullo’s designs are something to behold. The design of the Court of Owl assassins is really incredible. In Death of the Family, the design of Joker was nothing short of stunning. His face was cut off and stapled back on. As the series went on, you could see the white turn into an off white and then almost to a brown color as the issues went on. His Zero Year design for the Batman costume is genius. It is an homage to the original costume that Bob Kane/Bill Finger designed but it is also brought up to date, if that makes sense. Capullo is not afraid to be bold, taking on such a task as trying to follow in the footsteps of Frank Miller’s Year One and making it his own. The way he draws young Bruce with a short buzz as if he is going to war (which he is) comes to mind. The new Batmobile he drew is a departure from other designs but it fits perfectly with the story.
His interviews on Fatman on Batman are really a must listen. He had a tough upbringing yet he came out on top. He is a very positive person, very accessible. I follow him on Twitter and it is so interesting to see how he thinks when he talks about his pencils. Nearly every day he gives fans a peek at what he is working on. He is constantly in touch with his ever growing fan base. He is a perfectionist and throws away hours of work if the smallest of things are off. He does not use photo reference in his characters, which is impressive. He is not big on photorealism. If something looks too real, he tosses it. I feel bad sometimes reading this tweets as he is always working (or working out, this dude is HUGE!) and it seems that he doesn’t have time for much else.
Another thing that makes him different is although he goes to Con’s, he does not do commissions. I’m sure there are many reasons, but I think that it allows him the most time with his fans and doesn’t tie him down. He also does not sell his original art work. Can you imagine how much they would go for? He did offer to sell one piece, his art work for the cover of Batman #1. He said he received several generous offers, but I think he was asking for something close to $50,000. He said if it didn’t sell he didn’t really care, he would keep it for himself. More power to him. I respect his position on that for sure.
The relationship he has with Scott Snyder is really interesting. Snyder is big on writing large scripts and giving direction. Capullo is big on small scripts and does not particularly like direction. He wants to be in charge of where the “camera” is, of the layouts, of the design. I’m not sure how they find the happy medium, but they do and it produces magic. Capullo, being artist, tells such an amazing story thru his art. Here is to hoping they work together for many years to come. You can check out some of his other art that we have on Pinterest by going to http://www.pinterest.com/acbepodcast/greg-capullo/.