Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ryan Stegman

Michigan based comic book artist Ryan Stegman. What can you say about the gentleman that hasn't already been said? The young artist has applied his tender mercies to the likes of She-Hulk, X-23 and the venerable Spider-Man and has brushed elbows with some of the best in the business.

The road to sucess wasn't easy for the young artist. Having toyed with the idea of breaking into comics since he was fifteen and spending several years working stock at the mall and living in his parent's basement Ryan finally got his start in 2005. The British comic series Midnight Kiss with writer Tony Lee quickly lead to a string of smaller company-owned works, Marvel/Dabel Bros. Magician: Apprentice, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man and Warhammer. These were great opportunities for the young artist, allowing him to hone his craft and refine his technique, but his first real shot at the big time came when he was drafted to draw Marvel's Incredible Hercules in late 2009. That work lead to an exclusivity agreement with Marvel and by late 2010 Stegman's She-Hulks was launched.

Now, by the power of Greyskull...

6 Questions with Ryan Stegman:

1. What are your favorite and your least favorite sounds?
  "Favorite sound is my 6-month-old son laughing. Least favorite sound is when he does the "I'm actually in pain" cry. The one where it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  These cries are usually short-lived, but they're after he's scratched himself or something."

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally?
  "Creatively: Good, interesting art.  Anything where the artist gives you their opinion on something in a way that I never thought about it before.  This can be a comedian, a comic artist, a musician, anybody.

Emotionally:  Just hanging out with my wife and son. All the time I get to spend with family."

3. What decision in your career are you most grateful for?
  "I am most grateful that I decided to be completely naive about how difficult this job would be or how hard it would be to "make it".  I don't know if I would have had the guts to stick it out if I knew that it was going to be so tough.  But looking back, I'm glad I had no idea."

4. What is the closest you have ever come to giving up your craft?
  "I don't know that I ever came close at all. I did interview for a job editing a newspaper in Chicago at one point, and I came close to getting the job.  (I graduated from college with an English degree).  If I would have gotten that job, who knows if I would have continued on this path?"

5. What is the best thing you ever ate?
  "There's a Mexican restaurant in Detroit named Xochimilco's that is amazing.  I always get the beef burritos.  There's just something about them.  They're amazing.  So either those or a Ruth's Chris filet."

6. Assuming heaven exists, what would you like to hear God (or Allah or Yahweh or Odin. Generally the Supreme Being of your choice.) say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

  "You made the most of it."

Fantastic man! DW is proud of you! Thanks for doing this!
And thanks to you for reading! If you'd like to know more about the amazing Ryan Stegman check him out at any and all of the following links:
You should also check out this FANTASTIC interview iFanboy did with the talented Mr Stegman:

And that's it for today! Hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you next time!

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