Twitter has become a little spooky lately, so this week we welcome Wraith N. Scarebaron (@nathanfairbairn) to the hot seat. Nathan is the colourist on many titles you’ve read like Batman Incorporated, Multiversity, and Scott Pilgrim. You can check out his work at nathanfairbairn.com.
#1 What is the first comic you remember reading?
My first comics were a cache of my uncle’s old books I found. All Marvel. Avengers #199 was the best. First comic I gave to my own son.
#2 You can only pick two: all time favorite comic book characters?
I’m not really a reader who follows characters, but I’ll say Batman and Spider-man. Great origin stories make for great characters.
#3 What is your favorite series arc, limited or mini-series of all time?
I think the correct answer is Watchmen, but I’m gonna go with Devil’s Choices, A Grendel Tales mini that was beautiful in every aspect.
#4 How do you read your comics? Print, digital, trades?
I read everything in trades these days. Can’t even remember the last floppy I bought. I’ll check stuff out in digital format sometimes.
#5 What do you consider to be the most “obscure” title you read?
Hm. At the moment I’m working on building a collection of Hermann’s “The Towers of Bois-Maury” books. Beautiful stuff, but hard to find.
#6 You get to pick three: Favorite writers (current or of all time)?
Assuming you mean comics writers, I’ll say Moore, Ellis and Ennis. It’s a strong field, but those three have separated themselves to me.
#7 What is your favorite comic collector’s item?
I’ve got Edvin Biukovic’s original art and Matt Hollingsworth’s original painted colors from page 1of Devil’s Choices #1. Just gorgeous.
#8 As a reader do you tend to stick to a specific publisher, follow creative teams or follow characters?
I was a true Marvel zombie growing up, but now I just buy anything that has great writing and art. (Not either/or. It’s gotta have both)
#9 You get to pick three (again): Favorite artists?
Alex Toth, Goran Parlov and David Mazzuchelli (more for his early work, though — I didn’t love Asterios Polyp.)
#10 What was the last comic you read before answering these questions?
Green Manor vol. 2, by Bodart and Vehlmann. Helluva book. Simply outstanding cartooning.