Australian Nicola Scott Drawing superheroes such as Superman or Spider-Man for the big two, DC and Marvel, is a dream for most comic artists

September 30, 2015 11:10 am

 

is a comic book artist from Sydney, Australia. Photo / Getty images

Drawing superheroes such as Superman or Spider-Man for the big
two, DC and Marvel, is a dream for most comic artists, and Australian
Nicola Scott made that dream real.
Scott spent a decade drawing the Man of Steel and childhood favourite Wonder Woman working with DC.
But
at a time when billion-dollar tentpole movies have pushed superheroes
into popular culture like never before, the Sydneysider has walked away
from the genre in search of creative freedom.
It’s not a decision she took lightly.
“Working
at DC had been my goal when I decided to draw comics for a living. I
wanted to not be bored drawing architecture,” Scott told AAP.
She
got her break at DC when writer Greg Rucka, a multiple Eisner winner
(comics’ equivalent of the Oscars) came across some portfolio pages she
had crafted from one of his Wonder Woman scripts.

But Scott is now moving into the world of creator-owned
comics. Her project with Rucka, a supernatural police procedural called
Black Magick, launches on October 28.
“Creator-owned properties,
because they’re not trying to go on and on and on for seven decades like
superheroes can, they end up having quite a decent shelf life,” Scott
said.
“They can stay in the bookshelves and be relevant for a long time to come.”

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