Who’s Who at DC Comics-The New 52: Eddy Barrows
EDDY BARROWS: It is exciting to start something almost from scratch, create new characters and reshape others – especially when the character is as good as Nightwing. I am very excited about this opportunity.
How do you introduce a new hero?
For Nightwing, it was wonderful. At first, he appears on a big action scene, on a double page that took me a lot of work to get it done … but you guys will be able to see the outcome in September!
How do you introduce a new villain?
When I introduce a new villain, I always think about the type of guy I would rather not run into. That guy who would break someone’s neck just by looking at him/her. But there are villains who do not look like what they really are, who look like ordinary people, but deep inside are as dark as the others. They all take a lot of work. For Nightwing, I am creating the look of some of them, and the good thing is that they are based on what I just mentioned. There is a sequence right in the beginning where Nightwing fights one of them. I loved drawing those scenes.
What was the first comic you ever worked on?
Professionally? It was Stone Cold (Steve Austin) for Chaos Comics.
Superman and Spider-Man.
What was the first series you collected?
I think it was Superman.
Who was the first writer you followed?
I usually bought comics based on the artists, but Roy Thomas was the first writer I really started to follow.
Who was the first artist you followed?
Without any doubt it was John Buscema.
What was the first convention you attended as a fan?
It was in Belo Horizonte, the city I live in. At the convention I got the opportunity to meet Will Eisner, Eduardo Barreto, Luke Ross and many other artists I admired back then. It was GREAT!
San Diego Comic Con in 2007.
What was the first comic book you read?
Superheroes? It was Alpha Flight, by John Byrne, when I was 8. Before that I read Donald Duck and Mônica’s Gang, by Mauricio de Souza.
What was your first job in the comic book industry?
It was pencilling.
On your creative process:
I first read the script and then start working on the layouts. After that I send them to the editors so they can proof them all. Once they tell me I am good to go, I finish the pages. I usually work office hours, stopping for lunch and taking a few breaks. That way it is possible to spend some time with my family. After all, they are the ones who give me the support I need to get my job well done!