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Artist David Finch Signs Exclusive Contract With DC

The fan-favorite artist is moving to DC.


It's safe to say that pretty much everyone loves David Finch's artwork.  He adds a certain style and amount of detail that makes his art stand apart from others'.  Pretty much whenever Marvel has a big event going (Siege, Ultimatum, Messiah Complex, etc), David Finch has been there.  That will no longer be the case.
 
DC has announced this morning that David Finch has signed an exclusive contract with them.  Finch will be working only at DC for "the foreseeable future."
 
While this news is hot off the presses, DC is not ready to announce where we can expect to see Finch's art first.  They did share Finch's thoughts on this move:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the DC family! It feels too good to be true that I’m going to have the chance to draw some of the most dynamic, iconic, and fun characters in the business. I’ve been a DC comics fan for a very long time, so it’s a very big honor to finally have a part in their creation.” 


How does this make you feel?  Are you excited over the idea of seeing Finch's work at DC or are you bummed that he will no longer be working at Marvel?
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Posted by drawme

He´s leaving Marvel? That´s sad. I don´t read any DC books.

Posted by CATMANEXE

Im against it. i think artists should work for themselves and allow themselves
to interact with whichever company and project whenever. to me thats part of
the whole point of being an artist in life. but if he wanted the money thats his
choice.

Posted by johnny_spam
@CATMANEXE:
I think the same thing pretty much Geoff Johns has said he has ideas for Iron Man and Mark Millar may still love to write Superman. But they are artists and it is a career that is not guaranteed to keep their bills paid so if they can get more money out of exclusive contracts then more power to them.
Posted by LP

I'd love to see his work with DC.

Posted by MysteriousBlack

I'm dissapointed. He's joined the Dark Side of the Force by becoming exclusive with DC... 
  ... Yes, I am a Marvel.
Posted by xerox_kitty

It doesn't bother me... but I am surprised.  I didn't think there were many exclusive contracts, and he seemed to be enjoying himself at Marvel.  But after Psylocke #2, I'm not sad to see him go.  There's still a world full of amazingly brilliant artists out there, and lots of them are trying to copy that Top Cow style.

Posted by SelfishCripple

Ha! They can have him. I can't stand most Top Cow alum. I hope they steal Billy Tan too.

Posted by Nyogtha

I loved his stuff at Marvel. Been a fan of his since I got back into comics. Seen some of his convention sketches, hope he works on a Batman title. He does a sick job with him.

Posted by danhimself

good for him...I don't want to call him a rat but the phrase "Rats leaving a sinking ship" comes to mind

Posted by speedlgt

I think its good news to hear. Fans and the comic industry preach about free lance this and that because it benfits the FANS and the INDUSTRY but come on man think about it? if  you have ever tried free lance it SUCKS big time you dont really have a job you have A jobs/task but no real 9-5 steady 50, grand a year job with medical for your kids. 
 
I feel all artists should be on exclusive contracts please give them what they need most a REAL job, they work so dam hard to just get a run on a title and then GOOD LUCK finding the next gig.  
 
now i am not saying pay then all big money but if your good enough to get a job give at least 50 with benfits so they can make a living. 
Now some one like finch I would most likely double that.
Posted by CATMANEXE
@speedlgt: 
thats incorrect. a person can have steady jobs for several companies at the same time without being
exclusive nor freelance. in fact most talent in the industry does just that. Erik Larson for was example
was doing Savage Dragon, Aquaman and Wolverine all at the same time for awhile there, none under the
guise of a freelancer. the money differential isnt enough to put a person in the poor house as illustrated.
Posted by Kid_Zombie

Ah that is to bad, good for him because he was obviously wanted to go that route and work for DC but sucks for us Marvel fans ha ha

Posted by Nighthunter

According to bleedingcool he'll also debut as a writer in DC comics which when it comes to artists its always hit or miss, oh and he is being given one of DC's major books apparently

Posted by Timm

This sounds like someone is getting bent over.

Posted by Media_Master

He's still working so thats good.

Posted by timrothsays

bye-bye
his recent works for Marvel are terrible

Posted by sora_thekey
@CATMANEXE: I think Alex Ross is the only one who does that! 
  
I hate this idea!!! My favorite artist are all moving to DC! first Bagley now Finch? 
 
Who's next? why can't DC take Romita Jr!!! :(
Posted by CATMANEXE
@sora_thekey: 
um, actually he's not. most of them dont work specifically for one company.
where are you people getting your info from?
Posted by timrothsays
@sora_thekey said:
" @CATMANEXE: I think Alex Ross is the only one who does that!   I hate this idea!!! My favorite artist are all moving to DC! first Bagley now Finch?  Who's next? why can't DC take Romita Jr!!! :( "
Romita is awesome
better Finch, than him -_-
Edited by jefprice
He's one of my favs, I'll miss his work at Marvel. DC has like 2 books that keep me coming, I'll buy his first few covers then be done 
 
@danhimself:
 Sinking ship? LOL yeah right
Posted by sora_thekey
@CATMANEXE said:
" @sora_thekey:  um, actually he's not. most of them dont work specifically for one company. where are you people getting your info from? "

I did say "I think"... as far as I know Ross is the only artist who goes back and forth from DC and Marvel as freelance
Posted by Nighthunter

ironically he isn't working for any of them right now, he is all about Dynamite Entertainment right now

Posted by Bobby X

I can't wait to see what DC puts him on
Posted by GreenGriffin

He an on and off artist. Ultimatum was just ugly.  
 
His last work at Marvel looks t be the X-Men: Second Coming One-Shot.
Posted by danhimself
@jefprice said:
"He's one of my favs, I'll miss his work at Marvel. DC has like 2 books that keep me coming, I'll buy his first few covers then be done 
 
@danhimself:
 Sinking ship? LOL yeah right "

maybe not a sinking ship but when was the last time you heard anyone praising the work that Marvel is doing...most of the people I know who read Marvel are slowly dropping their titles and switching DC or Independent books
Posted by goldenkey

I think he's be great doing D.C. work. 
Posted by CATMANEXE
@sora_thekey: 
 no malice but then you werent speaking to me. i said talent (meaning overall) and specified
" not freelance" twice in the same statement. i also wasnt inclusive to Marvel and DC.
Posted by Decept-O

I saw this early this AM and the first thing that popped to my mind was, "Hhmm..awesome, hope he does some work on Batman."  His Moon Knight covers are well. lunatic.  Pun intended.  
 
@speedlgt:  You bring up a good point and one that a lot of people may not realize.  Art supplies alone are quite a major expense, and time is also a major factor for most artists, because they usually work a "regular" job.  So having a steady gig does help alleviate a lot of things.  Granted, some artists can subsist as freelance because they have other things lined up, but when someone who is talented like David Finch gets a deal like this, I am happy to read about it.   
 
People are saying he's hit and miss but he's a lot better than quite a few other artists who people inexplicably go ga-ga for, so I think is a great move by DC.  Will miss his Moon Knight work!
Posted by TheSavageAssasin

Yes!

Posted by pixelized
@xerox-kitty said:
" It doesn't bother me... but I am surprised.  I didn't think there were many exclusive contracts, and he seemed to be enjoying himself at Marvel.  But after Psylocke #2, I'm not sad to see him go.  There's still a world full of amazingly brilliant artists out there, and lots of them are trying to copy that Top Cow style. "
Posted by speedlgt
@CATMANEXE said:
" @speedlgt:  thats incorrect. a person can have steady jobs for several companies at the same time without being exclusive nor freelance. in fact most talent in the industry does just that. Erik Larson for was example was doing Savage Dragon, Aquaman and Wolverine all at the same time for awhile there, none under the guise of a freelancer. the money differential isnt enough to put a person in the poor house as illustrated. "


No........ the bottom line is this they pay you to do a job that will END after the job is done......this is nothing like having a REAL FULL TIME job Thus why Larson was able to work on several titles for various companies.  Ask em any of em or anyone who has tried to break in to the business EVRYONE wants a Real FULL TIME JOB not a gig........yeah they will take whatever work come their way and I am not saying there poor but they have ZERO with a captial O job security.
Posted by crazed_h3ro

This is Awesome!!

Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau
@G-Man said:
" How does this make you feel?  Are you excited over the idea of seeing Finch's work at DC or are you bummed that he will no longer be working at Marvel? "
This is pretty cool news for me. I predominately read DC these day so its all good. Cant wait to see what he does and what some of his character interpretations look like.
Posted by G-Man

Here's an older sketch he did to give us a taste:

Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau
@G-Man said:
" Here's an older sketch he did to give us a taste:

"
His heads all neck.
Posted by Caligula

I hope they put him to work on, Flash
Posted by wordchallenge

This is awesome news. Can't wait to see his take on my favorite DC characters.

Posted by Illyana Rasputin

I like David Finch's work. I wish him the best, no matter where he is contractually obligated. And I wouldn't recommend that Marvelites get bummed, as it seems likely he will one day draw for Marvel again, one day. I own his X-Infernus poster, and it looks really beautiful hanging on my wall.