Three months after graduating high school, I realized a childhood dream by entering into a career illustrating comic books. I got my start in September 1979 assisting comic book inker Bob Layton as a background artist on his definitive first run on Iron Man, with writer David Michelinie and penciler John Romita Jr., for Marvel Comics.
I have been fortunate throughout my career to have collaborated with some of the best artists and writers in the comic book industry and to have worked on many popular titles for both Marvel and DC Comics. My work on the Superman titles, notably the “Death of Superman” storyline, is among my most recognized, along with the Spider-Man titles, Thor, The Avengers and West Coast Avengers. I take pride in having had a versatile career, working primarily as a finish inker, but on occasion provided pencil art, traditional and computer coloring, story development and plotting.
After more than twenty years in comics, I broadened my professional horizons by embarking on a second career as a wildlife and nature photographer. I spent the better part of the early 2000s traveling the United States capturing images of a variety of wildlife and landscapes. I also spent time photographing local wildlife and examples of regional folk history, some of which was exhibited by the Smithsonian Institute.
My photographs have been published in local, state and national magazines. This eventually led to me writing numerous articles to accompany my wildlife and nature images for publication in Outdoor Delaware, a magazine published by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Unfortunately, as my work began to gain greater national attention, I became frustrated with the growing trend of clients wanting to use my images free of charge and refocused my attention back to comics.
In 2005, I returned to DC Comics, this time working in their Licensing Department. Then, in 2010, when DC Licensing was closed down, I moved to Warner Brothers Consumer Products where I continue to produce DC related licensing artwork. In 2012 I expanded my skills to include creating children’s books and animated digital interactive iPad apps featuring Superman and Batman for WB Global Publishing.
Currently, I enjoy working on various comic book related projects, while also venturing into yet another new career path, this time as a voice-over actor. I continue to look for new and exciting ways to express myself creatively. Find out more on me at brettbreeding.com.
Friday at 5:30 pm on the Main Stage in Hillside Hall
Mike DeCarlo and Brett Breeding
Killing Your Favorite Super Heroes
The artists behind Batman: A Death In The Family (the death of Jason Todd-era Robin) and the Death Of Superman storylines talk about the responsibility of killing off legendary characters in America mythology and the aftermath of being involved in such stories.