Great Quotes by Cliff Chiang

I’ve always preferred comics that really rely on visual storytelling. It’s what makes comics special. Otherwise, you’re better off reading a novel.

Cliff Chiang

After a couple of years at Vertigo, I realized that if I was going to be a professional artist, I’d have to devote myself to it full time, so I ended up leaving my job there and went freelance.

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‘Human Target’ was probably one of the best projects I ever worked on – that and ‘Dr.Thirteen.’ I just appreciated how smart Peter Milligan’s writing is. It was smart and entertaining.

Cliff Chiang

Something like ‘Dr. Thirteen,’ which features no big characters, was probably the most fun thing I’ve worked on because the story was so great, and it was written so well.

Cliff Chiang

Paul Smith’s artwork was so elegant and so graphic, so I think that’s always had a strong effect on me, especially starting out.

Cliff Chiang

I do all my coloring on PhotoShop – it’s good and bad: It helped refine my color, but I do miss the texture and organic quality of the traditional.

Cliff Chiang

I’m always changing my style.

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Each book requires a different look. Sometimes I get to take a personal direction that’s appropriate for the story. I try to push things within a range. Some are rougher, some more expressionistic, some are slicker graphically and call for a prettier drawing style that I can do. Some have a more classical vibe, and some are in between.

Cliff Chiang

I don’t like to be pigeon-holed.

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Really, subtlety is what is really important to me and my work.

Cliff Chiang

‘Paper Girls’ in 1900 would be really cool. The girls could ride those old bicycles with the giant front wheel!

Cliff Chiang

If the reader doesn’t care or relate to the characters, all that visual spectacle is pretty but feels empty.

Cliff Chiang

I feel like we’re always learning about ourselves, but at twelve, you’re learning big things that shape your identity.

Cliff Chiang

Everybody has said or done the wrong thing and regretted it later, but at the time, you really couldn’t help it! As you get older, you’re more guarded, but that’s a really tough process of learning, to be brutally honest, about some things and keeping your mouth shut about others.

Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman feels like she’s been put on a pedestal for so long, and it’s hard to write that character because they’re perfect and they can’t do anything wrong.

Cliff Chiang

Ditko isn’t a direct influence, but I really admire his work and how his personality always comes through the drawing. There’s a honest and quirky humanity to it, and you always feel the artist behind the comic. That’s really rare.

Cliff Chiang

What impresses me the most about DC characters is how long a lot of them have been around.

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The New Gods really need to be larger than life. There’s an operatic quality to them, and they need to be handled pretty carefully, or else you’ll go too far and be almost like a caricature.

Cliff Chiang

There is a tendency for the New Gods to work best as guest stars.

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You want, whenever you’re telling a story, to have a certain amount of range, and you want to be able to take the audience on that ride with you.

Cliff Chiang

One of the funny things about Wonder Woman is that everybody does love her. She does win everybody over at some point.

Cliff Chiang

A lot of times we look at the past as something that was really great, but we ignore things that have actually gotten better since then.

Cliff Chiang

What I like about ‘Paper Girls’ in particular is that, because we’re approaching it more from a female perspective, we’re able to consider the emotional states of these characters a little bit more and think more of their interiority.

Cliff Chiang

The ’80s were a really different time for kids. Technology has changed so much of how we stay in touch and keep tabs on people. Back then, as a kid, you could really just do whatever you wanted until your parents got home.

Cliff Chiang

One of my favorite comics is ‘Love and Rockets’ by the Hernandez Brothers. They do such a wonderful job of showing you how the character of Maggie ages and really doesn’t present that with any kind of judgment.

Cliff Chiang

I guess you could blame it on being raised by comics and television, but I’ve always loved robots in any shape or size.

Cliff Chiang

I’m really happy that more and more people are making their own comics. I remember how daunting it was for me to just put pen to paper, page by page, until you had a finished comic, but the way new creators are doing that and bravely bringing their unique voices and experiences to their work is really inspiring.

Cliff Chiang

To be honest, my first instinct when I heard about the ‘Greendale’ project was that it was a licensing thing. As I learned more about the project, I saw how pure it was.

Cliff Chiang

Comics and music have historically had a pretty dicey relationship.

Cliff Chiang

What I’ve been trying to do with my art, which has been feeling very graphically sharp – to soften it up and make it feel more hand-done.

Cliff Chiang

One of my earliest jobs drawing was ‘Wonder Woman: Our Worlds At War,’ with Phil Jimenez, which was a really cool jaunt through her history. I got to draw this two-page spread that was set in the Golden Age.

Cliff Chiang