Home Collaborators Rick Mays
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||Jamaica Dyer: How did you meet David Mack?
Rick Mays: I met David (and Brian Michael Bendis) at the Mid-Ohio Con in 1995. We were in the same room and every time one of us passed by the other's table, we took notice. It was really clear from the work we were displaying that we shared a lot of the same interests. I can't remember who finally went over to whose table. But when we met, we hit it off pretty big. We kept in touch and were kind of itching to do something together. When we actually did, it worked out really well.
David Mack's Thoughts:
· "Another great part [at the San Diego Con] was when they were mentioning Dave Johnson as a nominee for his cover art on 100 Bullets and they showed one of his covers on the big screen. It was the 100 Bullets cover of the black gang member pointing the gun at the reader. Rick Mays modeled for Dave on this cover and it was funny to see Dave's painting of Rick so big on the screen." (July 30, 2001)
· "[Rick Mays] also inks Scarab, which actually takes him more time than the pencilling does. He inks almost entirely with brush. And I think is one of the best inkers, besides being such a great penciller. He doesn't ink on the other jobs, because pencilling is quicker for him and pays more than inking. It just makes better job/time sense for him. But on Scarab, I'm lucky that he cares enough about it to ink it himself. Scarab is more a labor of love for him." (July 3, 2002)
· David Mack has collaborated with Rick Mays on Kabuki: Masks of the Noh #1-4, Kabuki: Agents - Scarab #1-6, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #15 and #16, Vampirella: Showcase as well as a John Woo Video Game, and Mr. Mays contributed to the Kabuki: Gallery
· Mr. Mays coined the nicknames "Dr. David" and "Mr. Mack"
· Below is the Rick Mays biography included with the Scarab trade paperback:
Rick Mays's professional art career includes work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image, Wildstorm, Harris, Premiere Magazine, Japanese publications, and David Mack's Kabuki (Kabuki Gallery and Scarab).
Rick was born in Pittsburg, PA where he attended a performing arts high school studying music as a classical guitar major. Upon graduation, Rick attended Pittsburgh's Art Institute. He also enrolled in Japanese language courses and has trained in martial arts since the age of 16.
After moving to LA, Rick received a personal referral from pro martial artist and Hollywood stunt man/actor Jeff Imada (The Crow, Payback) to attend the martial arts academy where Jeff and many other top shelf Hollywood stunt men/martial artists (including Rick's personal hero, Brandon Lee) received their training under Bruce Lee's top student, Dan Inosanto. Through the academy, Rick competed in amateur shoot fights and met a young woman named Tomomi from one of the school's Japanese branches.
As an "advanced level" student, Rick traveled to Japan for a martial arts seminar to assist his teacher and Tomomi's teacher at her school in Osaka. They enjoyed VIP treatment to the pro shoot fights in Japan and were personally introduced to Rick's favorite pro fighters.
Rick's time in Japan (and with Tomomi specifically) fueled and inspired his artwork on Scarab. While in Japan, Rick drew much of the book you now hold in your hands, often basing Keiko on Tomomi. Rick had managed to live out his martial arts dream while fulfilling his comic art dreams. But by that time, he had a new dream. Upon completing of this book, Rick and Tomomi married in Japan in 2001.