A Chat With: Robert Hack

 Hey Gang!

  I am so honored to bring you guys this interview today. I am talking to none other than THE ARTIST OF CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA!!! I am literally bouncing as I type this I am so excited and honored by the opportunity! I hope you guys enjoy learning about Robert as I did, and Make sure to give his social media all the love!!

NAL: What's your favorite project?

 RH: So far, it's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. it is the perfect combination of all the thing I like to draw. It's a grindhouse/horror homage, a period piece, and it's brilliantly written by the awesome Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. But honestly, I've stumbled into working on so many dream projects over the last few years: Sabrina, Doctor Who, Dirk Gently, James Bond, Batman and Superman, and pulp stuff like The Shadow... I am keenly aware of just how stupidly lucky I am.

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NAL: How would you describe your art style?

RH: "Pulpy", I guess. Retro but Modern?

NAL: Sabrina's Greenlit for 2 seasons, who would you like to see in the cast?

RH: Talented actors. I can't wait to see who joins the cast, and what they do with the material. 

NAL: Who are some of your favorite artists?

RH: There are literally too many. Alex Toth, Mike Mignola, Al Williamson, Johnny Craig, Denys Cowan, Wally Wood, Jack Kirby, Alex Nino, Jackie Ormes, Dave Stevens, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Sala, Dan McDaid, Terry Beatty, Trina Robbins, Pete Morisi, Jordi Bernet... and I'm going to stop there before I name people all day. 

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NAL: What inspires your art?

RH: Deadlines and not wanting to get evicted. ...Oh, and stuff like old pulp magazines, paperbacks, movie posters- I collect so much of that stuff. I should not be allowed to have an eBay account. It's like I'm building a museum of sleazy retro awesomeness around me. 

NAL: Walk us through a typical day for you?

RH: My day starts late. I have no love for mornings. If I don't have to be up, I'll skip them altogether. So, I get up in the afternoon, check the mail, open whatever came from eBay and head upstairs to my studio to work. Depending on deadlines I can be working 12-20 hours a day. 20 is rare, but it happens sometimes when I'm on a really tight deadline. I frequently get emergency cover gigs that have to be done overnight, and as daunting as that can be, I do love the challenge. Now I do slip away to eat, tweet, and exercise, ut a lot of time is spent at the drawing board. Typically I'll work until 6 or 7 AM and then back to bed. When deadlines aren't as immediate, I can even watch a movie, attempt to have a social life and go to bed at a more reasonable time, like 5 AM.

NAL: Do you have tattoos? If so, do you have a favorite? if not, why not?

RH: Technically yes, but actually no. I once stabbed myself on the tip of a crow quill pen and gave myself a permanent dot on my thumb, but that accidental tattoo doesn't really count and I haven't really considered getting a proper one. 

NAL: DC or Marvel?

RH: BOTH! All the comics! All. Of. Them. I never grew up with that debate. All comics were awesome. I grew up devouring any comics I could find. From the local library or yard sales or comic shop cheap bins. I read everything and loved it all. 

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NAL: Favorite Movie?

RH: THE THIRD MAN.

NAL: Any advice for beginner artists?

RH: Keep drawing and never give up. Literally, that is why I have any kind of career. I saw so many friends (who were WAY better artists than me at the time), just quit. If you need the structure, go to art school. If you know that isn't for you, skip it. But always be drawing, always be learning, always strive to be a little bit better with every drawing. it took me about a decade not to suck, try to beat my time.

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