I have rarely had the chance to sit down with artists and creators that I literally grew up admiring, and sometimes those people are let downs. They aren’t always as awesome as you'd hoped.
This is not the case with Mike Grell, the legendary artist of DC’s The Warlord and the critically acclaimed Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters. Grell’s work on Longbow Hunters and the ongoing Green Arrow series after that set the standard for Green Arrow stories and inspired guys like Kevin Smith, Judd Winick and Andy Diggle to take on the character.
Not to mention a certain TV show on the CW Network has taken Grell’s work and imagery and brought it to a mass audience.
I had the honor to sit down with Mike (I’m allowed to call him Mike) at Ottawa ComicCon, and talk about his humble beginnings as an illustrator, Warlord, his reinvention of Oliver Queen and as a a special added bonus, a story that proves that being a comic creator is sometimes just as cool as being a rock star!