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Esad Ribic, Avengers vs. X-Men, Coming to Chicago Comic Con!

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Esad Ribic, <i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i>, Coming to Chicago Comic Con!Born in Zagreb, Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia) 1972.

I didnít really start thinking about doing art for a living till it was time to decide on high school I wanted to attend. My primary school art teacher said, ďgo to art schoolĒ so thatís what I did. I didnít really have any idea what to expect and what I want, but it soon become clear to me; animation! I started working in ZAGREB FILM animation company as animator assistant! I delved into that with a passion and for a few years it was heaven, soon I become animator and background artist, and did some comics, as a hobby. But, soon war came, and one of first victims of it was animation! Suddenly nobody cared about it and studio went bankrupt.

That left me with my hobby as my only activity, by then I was semi pro in comics so it made sense to try to pursue it.

After a couple of unsuccessful portfolios, I finally got a gig in ANTARCTIC PRESS, small, manga oriented company from Texas. Why they offered me a job is beyond me; I donít think that anything I ever did was even remotely manga like. I did: CODE NAME: SCORPIO, SHOTGUN MARY-SON OF A BEAST and WARRIOR NUN-FRENZY for them, and some covers for other books of theirs. That helped land a gig with DC/Vertigo where I did some short stories, some more covers and mini-series FOUR HORSEMEN, written by Robert Rodi.

After that I moved to MARVEL COMICS. my first book there was(as is for most of new artists in house of ideas)finishing CHILDREN OF THE ATOM. What a hack job that was! But it needed to be finished fast and first thing I did when I saw the deadline was: ok, Iíll put away my eraser, wonít need it on this one!

It got a bit better after that, I did CABLE, UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL and ULTIMATE X-MEN, all fill ins. I started a maxi series BROTHERHOOD but that project turned into nightmare so I got off it after 2 issues.

After all, I always wanted to paint comics and deadlines in x-universe donít really allow that, so next book LOKI (written again by incomparable Rob Rodi) was decidedly out of continuity and painted! But it was, with all its shortcomings, something I was proud of! It sold enough so I could continue doing that kind of projects. Next one was SILVER SURFER-REQUIEM with J.M. Stracszynski which allowed me to reconnect with my old love; science fiction.

I love character drama too, so after surfer I jumped into SUBMARINER-DEPTHS with Peter Milligan and it proved to be a real test of endurance. Believe me, itís not easy painting hundred pages of couple of guys irritating each other in two rooms and a corridor! Still, I think itís my best work so far.
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