Monday, December 20, 2010

He's Really a Nice Guy...

Cyrus Vega sez...



  1. Dear Lee Ferguson,

    I am an Iranian blogger who has maintained an anonymous blog on events in Iran for the past two years (

    I was fascinated to note that the artwork in the Batman Detective Comics annual #12 featured renditions of some iconic photos of Iranian protests following the 2009 disputed elections.

    Were these images (a woman holding up her arm and a riot policeman beating protesters) drawn by you? (I already exchanged emails with Agustin Padilla, who said they were not by him).

    Was the decision to include these images your own or was it a group consensus with the writer David Hine? How did you find out about these news photos?

    Eagerly awaiting your response,

    Homy Lafayette

  2. Hey, good to hear from you! I'm afraid I didn't draw the story in question, either, though ... that was by Trevor McCarthy, who I'm sad to say I don't know. He appears to be a pretty talented guy!


  3. Thanks for the response. McCarthy was of course illustrating riots in Paris using images from Iran. Do graphic novel artists often use iconic photos from real events in fictional stories? Have you ever done it?

  4. I think a lot of artists, in the interest of speed, will use all sorts of reference to set a scene. Sometimes, they'll also use a particular image FOR it's historical importance, to drive a point home. I don't think I've ever had a story where an opportunity has presented itself in that way, though...