Todd Dezago got his start in comics writing for Marvel and DC. As he progressed through different projects such as as X-Factor and Impulse, he moved into independent comics through Dark Horse and Image Comics. Known recently for his work on the series Perhapanauts, Mr. Dezago was kind enough to lend me some of his time.
Tommy Zimmer: When did you realize you wanted to write comics?
Todd Dezago: I always loved comics. I always told stories, and did comics as a kid.
TZ: How did your writing career begin?
TD: I went to school for theatre. I acted in and directed a lot of plays. Everytime I write, I feel like I am writing a lot of plays.
TZ: What was your first project that broke you into the industry?
TD: X-Factor was my first story I ever wrote an end to. It wasn’t until Marvel paid me for the comic that I wrote an end to them.
TZ: What was your favorite project you worked on at Marvel?
TD: I loved working on Sensational Spider-Man. I worked on the Clone Saga with JM Dematteis and Tom DeFalco.
TZ: Is it difficult to break into those larger companies?
TD: The door is always open for freelance, and there are no set rules for them.
TZ: How much creative freedom do have with the larger companies?
TD: You write what Marvel/DC wants you to write; not what you want. You are also responsible to an editor.
TZ: When did you begin working at DC?
TD: I first worked on JLA: World Without Grown-ups which brings Robin, Impulse, and Superboy together in preparation for Young Justice.
TZ: How did you come to work on Young Justice?
TD: DC came to me, and asked whether I would do it. They liked how I wrote kids. I wrote them with a young voice.
TZ: Why did you end up leaving?
TD: I left because I did not see eye to eye with them on the direction of the series [Young Justice].
TZ: How did you come up with the idea for Perhapanauts?
TD: I always loved weird creatures. The characters go around the world looking for weird creatures.
TZ: What’s the future for these characters?
TD: I love what we are doing with the new series. The story is awesome, and Craig is getting better as an artist.
TZ: What projects do have coming up?
TD: The Perhapanauts is what I’m putting a lot of effort into. I’m lucky with my job. Last year, we [and Craig] worked for a motion comics company that filed for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, a lot of our work there won’t be seen. I am also might have some projects coming up with DC. I am talking with DC editors about it but cannot talk about it more though.
Thanks Mr. Dezago!!! I hope you all continue to watch right here as more writers, artists, and celebrities are featured this week from Motor City Comic Con in Detroit, MI!!