Comic Book Men Q&A – George Perez
Legendary comic book artist George Perez talks about his guest appearance on Comic Book Men and the character he’d most like to draw.
Q: You’ve been drawing since you were five years old. When did your love of comics begin?
A: It was probably a little bit before that. I came from a Spanish-speaking household, so that’s how I started learning to read English. I picked up a comic and just became totally mesmerized by the words and pictures — I believe it was an early Detective Comic with Batman. Then I started doodling pretty much right after that. It wasn’t until I went to my first comic convention while I was in high school that I got to see actual comic book artists and original artwork in real life, up close. That was when I first realized that this is what I wanted to do for a living. Before that, I had these pipe dreams of becoming a comic book artist, but then it became an obsession.
Q: You’ve drawn so many iconic characters. Do you have a favorite to draw?
A: Oh, no. That’s why I do so many team books. Otherwise, I’m choosing my children. Then it becomes like Sophie’s Choice. That’s the nice thing about team books, you draw one character and then there’s another character right around the corner.
Q: Is there a character that you haven’t drawn that you would like to?
A: One character I’ve never drawn professionally — I’ve done a couple
of commission sketches — is the British character Judge Dredd. I just
think he’s a great visual.