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Michael Bracco, 33, Hamilton
Titles you've worked on: My most recent book, which will actually come out just in time for Baltimore Comic-Con, is called "The Creators." "The Creators" is the story of a select group of adolescents who gain the ability to bring their imaginations to life through their drawings and the consequences of their boundless imaginations. I've also written and drawn the science fiction graphic novel series "NOVO" as well as the all-ages graphic novel, "Adam Wreck and the Kalosian Space Pirates."
How long have you been drawing comics? I didn't start drawing comics (aside from the feeble attempts of my middle-school years) until right after I graduated MICA in 2001. At MICA, I studied children's book illustration but was constantly told that my work was too scary for kids by teachers and publishers. It was a pretty natural evolution for me to get into comics.
How long have you been reading comics? I had a ton when I was a kid but didn't actually read them. I just had fun looking through the pictures. It wasn't until college that I got into reading comics. It was then that I really fell in love with the medium.
The advantages of comics as a medium? Comics are the perfect middle ground between film and the written word. They are intimate and interactive like a book, but have the visual pacing and scope of a film. They can be fun and campy, or they can be gripping and thoughtful.