JOE PRADO: It has to be either something mysterious that attracts the reader's attention or something super-dynamic. Of course, you can take a different approach, but for me, this attracts my attention as a reader and a fan – not just as an artist.
How do you introduce a new hero?
Ah! Easy! Well, for me a splash-page is perfect for that.
What was the first comic you ever worked on?
It was on the Brazilian market and was a comic book series called U.F.O Team - a bunch of superpowered aliens! Super fun and written by the talented Marcelo Cassaro. In the U.S. market, it was Thundercats: Dogs of War#03. And fun fact: my editor back then was the uber-talented color artist, Alex Sinclair!
Who was the first character you followed?
Easy! BATMAN! During the Dick Sprang Era, followed by Jim Aparo's run on The Brave & The Bold!
Batman as well!
Who was the first writer you followed?
Marv Wolfman on New Teen Titans.
Who was the first artist you followed?
Ah! 2 artists at the same time! George Pérez on New Teen Titans and John Byrne on Uncanny X-Men!
What was the first convention you attended as a fan?
San Diego Comic-Con in 2004! It was also my first time in the US! It was a blast meet all the professionals I was working with back then! And also some of my idols, such as George Pérez, Tim Sale, and many others! So my first time was as a fan, and a professional as well.
What was the first comic book you read?
A Brazilian edition of Batman with Dick Sprang's art.
What was your first job in the comic book industry?
A penciller on the Brazilian mini-series, U.F.O. Team.
Well, it was 2 pieces around the same time. A George Pérez Wonder Woman original and Mike Grell's pencils for a Warlord issue! It's sooooo awesome to be able to see these masterpieces in your own hands!
What was the first digital comic book you downloaded?
Blackest Night #0.
On your creative process:
For me, the creative process has everything to do with inspiration, and great, GREAT teamwork. If there's a great collaboration, you can be sure that everybody is putting 101% of their own on the job. And working with Geoff Johns, Iva Reis & Rod Reis on the new AQUAMAN series is basically that! WE share a lot of thoughts and ideas and everyone is inspired the each other’s work. Normally, I'm a penciller, but in the last couple of years, I had the chance to work with Ivan as his inker/finisher on books such as BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. The coolest thing about that is that we achieved a great balance between how I should ink his work, and keep it recognizable, and how I can put elements of my own art-style. After all, in the end, doing comics is a collaborative effort! And people, will be blown away by the new AQUAMAN series. It’s going to be a blast!