(Above: It’s complete! Shawn’s letters are the final step to completing the page.)
Hey there! I’m ALMOST recovered from San Diego, so expect a full account of our sell-out debut soon. In the meantime, welcome to the fourth and final installment of our “Better Know a Hero House Creative Team Member” series, featuring letterer Shawn DePasquale
1) How did you first become a fan of comics?
The old SuperFriends show got me into super heroes which got me into comics. I had all the first line of the Super Friends toys as well.
2) How did you start getting into writing? How did you start getting into lettering?
Writing started in my Junior year of High School with a focus on movies. A few years after High School a close friend (who was an artist) pitched an idea that i wanted to write for him to draw. When that comic was ready to be published we needed a letterer and I taught myself how to do it. That was almost 10 years ago!
3) What made you decide to take the Hero House assignment?
I’m a whore for money! Just kidding. I really have always loved Twisted Toyfare Theater so I read the script when I found out you were a writer for Toyfare (specifically TTT) and loved what I read.
4) What was your favorite part of working on Hero House?
The last issue was a ton of fun to letter because it had a lot of different font and balloon styles throughout it.
5) Were there any special challenges of working on it?
All of Geist’s balloons were a pain in the ass and even though I think they look good I’m sorry I made them so hard to edit (which I found myself doing a lot of). I hope to have them redesigned before we do any more HH books. 🙂
6) What’s next for you?
I have an original graphic novel that is being drawn as we speak and will be available early next 2010 called DETECTIVES IN SPACE. I’m also always lettering books for Arcana.
7) Anything else you’d like to add?
This was a very fun experience and it culminated with me getting a tour of the TTT toy cabinet and getting to hold the Electro doll! There is really no cool job in the world than making comics! I can’t wait to work on the next installment of HERO HOUSE or whatever else Justin and Mike work on next. Also special thanks to my family, computer and dual monitors – without those things none of this would be possible for me.