Mike Deodato on Quitting Marvel For Creator Owned Comics

Mike Deodato or Mike Deodato Jr is the professional pseudonym of Brazilian comic book artist Deodato Taumaturgo Borges Filho.

Last March on Facebook, Mike Deodato just posted a status update to Facebook. Stating that he has left his job at Marvel Comics. Mike Deodato has been an exclusive artist at Marvel for some time, working recently on Infinity Wars and Savage Avengers. But all that is to change.

Mike Deodato on Quitting Marvel For Creator Owned Comics

Back in March, he wrote,

Leaving Home

When I was a boy I dreamt to one day become a Marvel artist. I grew up reading Avengers, Captain America, Spider-Man and, since my father was already an artist in Brazil, I decided I would do the same, but drawing the heroes that made my childhood so great.
I succeeded. 

And I’ve been living my dream with those characters for 24 years!

I’ve loved every second of it.

Now I’m 56 and I have a new dream: to be a creator-owned artist. I wanna dedicate my full time to create my own books and characters.

Like everything in adult life, all decisions we make come with consequences, a price to be paid. In this case, in order to live my adult dream I have to let go my child dream. I have to leave Marvel. To leave home.

Marvel became a family to me, I grew as an artist and as a person together with all the good people I have worked there. The best people.

Always encouraging me, always treating me with respect and care. It is weird that I feel like a teenager leaving home to face the world when I am older than a lot of them, but that is how I feel.

And I will miss and treasure them.

I actually told them about my decision almost one year ago and I wish I could share with you how supportive they were. Brought me tears just like now, while I’m writing this to all the fans.

June 14 will be my last day at home, but you will keep seeing me for a while after that, because my family would not let me go without a gift and what they gave me was the most amazing book ever, an opportunity for me to revisit all the characters I care the most in Marvel Universe – The Savage Avengers. I couldn’t think of a better farewell gift.

Marvel, I love you and always will.

Thanks for everything.

Mike Deodato, Jr.

And now that day has come, along with it congratulations from the likes of Kelly Sue DeConnick, Walter Simonson, Paul Kupperberg and many more.

Mike Deodato has worked on creator-owned titles before, such as Jade Warriors, and he has a creator-owned title launching from Dark Horse Comics in August with Jeff Lemire, Beserker. Here’s what’s coming.

Mike Deodato on Quitting Marvel For Creator Owned Comics

BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 (OF 4)
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Mike Deodato
A merciless sword and sorcery warrior finds himself blasted through a wormhole to a modern-day metropolis where he must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to hell. From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Mike Deodato on Quitting Marvel For Creator Owned Comics

BERSERKER UNBOUND #2 (OF 4)
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Mike Deodato
Ripped from a savage world ruled by magic and dropped at the outskirts of a modern city, feared warrior the Mongrel King is found and rescued by a homeless man who guides him through a new land with new vices and hardships.

From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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