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Interview: Brett Booth on Drawing NIGHTWING and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

We find out if the artist is part machine and how many redesigns he's doing.

Brett Booth is a busy guy. It seems his art and designs are popping up all over the place. He's currently finishing his run on NIGHTWING and we just saw his first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Booth has also been doing covers and we've seen some character redesigns as well.

We got the chance to ask him some questions about drawing both series and what else we can expect from him. Note: this interview was conducted before JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4 was released.


Comic Vine: You're currently penciling NIGHTWING and now you have a two-issue stint on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and we're constantly seeing your character redesigns that are often used by DC. Are you part machine? How do you do it all?

Brett Booth: Haha! No, just good time management! We had some good lead time on NW so the deadlines weren't impossible... just short, no time for days off. I have had to curtail character designs while doing this :/ But it's over now, just finished JLA 5 and now I'm free, free! Till tomorrow.... Trinity War alt covers are due next week :/

CV: JLA is seeing a mix of action and subterfuge. Do you approach drawing different types of scenes the same way?

BB: A bit, I've toned down the more crazy panel thing I've been doing and (mostly) gone back to a more standard look. I try to make every book a bit different, not a lot of time to come up with a 'theme' for JLA so I sort of had to find it while working on it.


CV: Which character on the team (or book) has been the most fun to draw?

BB: I find myself liking a lot of them, you never know if a character will be fun to draw until you draw them. But my fav? Hawkman!


CV: Since you're only doing two issues of JLA, did you have to refrain from updating or tweaking characters?

BB: Yeah, for the most part I followed what was given to me. I did give Hawkman back his chin guard for issue 5. And I snaked up Copperhead a bit more, but for the most part I tried to stick with what I was given. I did get to update one costume... but I can't say whose, it's not the right time yet!

CV: Did you get to create or change the looks of any of the Secret Society characters (assuming they make an appearance in either issue).

BB: Nope, they had all been done. I do know all the secrets though.... MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

CV: Now that you've announced you won't be on NIGHTWING after #21, are you already attached to a project after JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5 and the TRINITY WAR cover?

BB: Two so far. But that might change. One in September and the other one starts in October.


CV: How does it feel to be the artist to have drawn such an epic Nightwing butt-shot in issue #20? A lot of people have been talking about it.

BB: I thought that was required of all Nightwing pencilers? I remember seeing the Nicola Scott image and thought that was a 'thing' you do when drawing Nightwing. So I decided to do one and I wasn't going to do it half.... baked. I was going all in! .. Wait, that sounds bad... Full Monty?... no... I'm very tired...

NIGHTWING #21 is on sale June 12 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5 is on sale June 26.

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Edited by AllStarSuperman

Oh come on! I was liking his nighwing!

Posted by longbowhunter

Wish he'd stick around, Brett's been a good fit for Nightwing. I really liked that spread in JLA #4 until I noticed Ollie shooting left handed (which I'm sure has happened before) and the shaft of the arrow being positioned on the wrong side of the bow. Nitpicking I know but after seeing it the image started to bother me.

Posted by xtremekidx

Brett on nightwing?Perfection

Brett on JLA?I'd pass!

Edited by Trodorne

That is right brett, the butt shot is important. You have be able to bounce a quarter off that butt it needs to be tight......


I mean....what?

Edited by UltimateSMfan

What!! he's off nightwing!! why?! his nightwing was soo good,where is he going??!!

Posted by danhimself

I am really going to miss him on Nightwing...he was perfect for that book

Posted by KidChipotle

I feel like Booth has been passed around a lot of books lately. He never really just stays on one book now.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@Danhimself I still liked eddy Barrows better.

Posted by dondave

@ultimatesmfan: In another interview he said he didn't have enough time to continue on Nightwing with all the work DC gives him

Posted by danhimself

@allstarsuperman: not me....I think that Booth is the best artist that they've had on the title

Posted by Dark_Guyver
Posted by soumya

Brett on nightwing?Perfection

Brett on JLA?I'd pass!

seconded.His artwork fits for the dynamic and fun characters(Nightwing or may be Flash).For epic JL or JLA books I would rather want see the work of David Finch,Jim Lee,Mikel Janin or Doug Mahnke than him.

Posted by soumya

@allstarsuperman: Eddy Barrows is a great artist.Though I am a great fan of Booth's redesign of Nightwing's costume.

Posted by fallbrigade

Sucks to see him leave Nightwing, I was really enjoying him on the title. As long as we don't get the guy from issues 18 and 19 though, I'll be somewhat happy.

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

I like that Brett Booth has a lot to do. I really enjoy his art. I did think Teen Titans was the best fit for his style, but I've loved all of his work on various books, and he seems like a good guy. I'm bummed that he's leaving Nightwing so quickly; I was really enjoying that.

Posted by cc1738

This news has ruined my day.

Posted by OutlawRenegade

Booth is awesome. He sounds like a funny guy.

Edited by jangcrow

Whoever is the next artist on Nightwing has a lot to live up to...

Edited by amutant

I hate Brett Booth's art. I'm very happy he's leaving Nightwing. Can't wait till he's left JLA too.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Gotta love Booth.

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

Love Brett Booth.

Posted by EnSabahNurX

O_O dude, Nightwing what are you gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk. Nothing cuz Brett is leaving lmfao

Posted by lifeboy

BBooth did a good job with catwoman on jla4. She is quickly becoming my favorite female character...

Posted by Ninjablade09

I like his art, but I'm not a fan at all of his Nighwing design. The first one was great.

Edited by Rich711

Is he off to work in the gay anime industry where his talents for making ass-centric art will be appreciated?

Edited by VioletPhoenix

nightwing got back

Posted by Jake Fury

Not a huge fan TBH.

Posted by DocFishstick

man i love he's work on Nightwing. i will miss it.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Love Brett Booth's art. Some of the darn best art pieces in comics currently. His Nightwing stuff and his JLA stuff are just awesome. Don't have a bad thing at all to say about this guy.

Posted by BuNKiTZ

I'm gonna miss his art on Nightwing so much... :(
But the butt shot comment was gold! XD

Posted by manwithoutshame

nightwing's awesome butt shot lol!

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg
Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

Like his art, but I dislike his funny interview style. I dunno, always appreciate a more serious approach in an interview, especially when the jokes come across as forced.

Edited by stvnhthr

Brett is a fantastic artist and just one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. It is awesome all his hard work is paying off.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Look forward to seeing what he does next. Hopefully it's something I'm already getting.

Edited by broo1232
Edited by johnkmccubbin91

@broo1232: That should be interesting. Looking forward to that. Love Booth's work.

Posted by broo1232

@johnkmccubbin91: I think it's Doomsday and I plan on getting it as it looks really good.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91
Edited by brannahdel

Are there any news on whose taking over Nightwing?