Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DC Comics Signs Artists Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt To Exclusive Contracts

One of the biggest things that Reggie, Eric and Myself used to bitch about during the New 52 was the fact that some top talent was leaving DC Comics and DC just sat back and let it happen.  It just didn't make sense to let some top talent just up and leave, usually going to their main rival.  It seems that once Rebirth was announced, DC changed their game and started snatching up everyone and making them exclusive and I love it.  Today we found out that they signed Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt which is awesome!  Sign everyone is what I say, except Eric Shea.  That guy's been working on his comic since middle school and it's nowhere close to being done. Here is DC's official press release...


BURBANK, Calif. (August 31, 2016) – Hot on the heels of reaching agreements with writers Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING) and Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, Vertigo’s FROSTBITE), DC Entertainment continues to expand its roster of top name talent, announcing today that it has reached agreements with international artists Robson Rocha (GREEN LANTERNS) and Otto Schmidt (GREEN ARROW) to create comic book content solely for the publisher’s DC and Vertigo imprints.

A breakout star on a celebrated Rebirth title in June 2016, Brazilian artist Robson Rocha has worked for DC on several fan-favorite, space-themed series before now committing fully to space-cops with GREEN LANTERNS, written by Sam Humphries. As a penciller, inker and cover artist, Rocha has worked on such New 52 titles as LOBO and SINESTRO, as well as BIRDS OF PREY, SUPERBOY, and BATMAN/SUPERMAN, among others. Rocha is represented by Chiaroscuro Studios and lives in Sao Paulo.

“I’ve been a fan of comic books since I was a child,” said Rocha. “To have the opportunity to work with the DC characters I admire and love so much is a dream come true. These heroes have helped me believe in a better and much more fantastic world. I hope that my contributions to these characters will help to inspire others.”

“Robson’s style is exactly what we need for GREEN LANTERNS,” said DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee. “The DC Universe has something for everyone, and tells stories that reflect the society around us. Robson’s treatment of both new Lanterns – Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz – is dynamic and light, showing energy and movement in every panel. Having Robson join our ranks is a win for DC.”

Recently featured as the artist for DC’s GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH with writer Benjamin Percy, Siberian-born Schmidt now lives on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. An immediate hot seller in June 2016 (resulting in second and third printings), Schmidt handles all aspects of interior and cover art for his issues of GREEN ARROW, from design to pencils to inks and final color. Lauded by press and fans for the vibrant styling of his handsome Green Arrow and beautiful Black Canary, Schmidt is a name to watch for on future DC projects.

“Otto Schmidt’s style brings something truly special to GREEN ARROW,” said DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras. “His sequential artwork is beautiful and brings a unique look to an incredible series, and issues are flying off the shelves. DC is excited that Otto is calling DC his home, and his art will be on our covers and inside our comics for some time to come.”

“Working with DC on GREEN ARROW this year has been a pleasure,” said Schmidt. “The fan reaction has been wonderful and I'm excited to show readers even more of what they love. This is a politically and culturally relevant series, but it should also be sexy and fun to read. That's my goal with every page I turn in. How could I not say 'yes' to drawing more Green Arrow and Black Canary for their fans?”

Schmidt and Rocha are the newest names to be added to DC’s roster of talent. In addition to Williamson and Seeley, named above, DC has also recently signed artists Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN), Andy Kubert (DARK KNIGHT III), writers Dan Abnett (TITANS, AQUAMAN), Amanda Conner (HARLEY QUINN), and more. Stay tuned for more upcoming announcements as DC continues to expand its talent pool. 

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