SPOTLIGHT ON BERNARD CHANG
Visitor, Valiant's newest blockbuster coming this
December, has a lot going for it: mystery; all-out superhero action;
and Bernard Chang. Bernard never expected to get this far in comics,
but this young star's work has grabbed many fans' attention. Bernard
credits his success in comics to training in figure drawing he received
at the New World School of the Arts, in Miami, and storytelling tips
from people at Valiant Comics.
Valiant Editor-in-Chief Bob Layton, veteran
inker and writer, helped Bernard in their run on The
Second Life of Doctor Mirage, going over the plots, and
sometimes acting out scenes. "The guys at Valiant share an enthusiasm
for the art of storytelling," said Chang. "I just try to make the
pictures as powerful as the words."
Bernard sees strong comparisons between film
and comics. "As an artist, you're an actor, giving characters
expressions. You're a director; whatever you draw is what readers will
see. You have to pick your shots carefully."
Expect to see even bolder work from Bernard in
Valiant's The Visitor. "The
Visitor is different from Doctor Mirage,
which had a romantic flare. The Visitor will
have even more action shots and a faster pace."
Archer & Armstrong:
Turok, Dinosaur Hunter:
The Second Life of Doctor
Mirage: 1-7, 9-13 (all covers 1-13)
Wizard Valiant Special
Hero: 1, 13
Born in Montreal, Canada.
Has lived in Miami, Indiana, and Taiwan.
Big break came at the 1992 San Diego Comic Convention, shopping
around his portfolio. "Bob (and the guys at Valiant) were the only ones
to let me go to bat for them."
New World School of the Arts, Miami.
Attends Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, as an architect
HOBBIES and STUFF:
Sneaking into movie theaters.
Captain of Pratt's Division III basketball team.
Miami Heat ball boy.