Updated April 5, 2014
Who are you?
I’m a comic book illustrator and storyboard artist in Portland, Oregon. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and studied comic book art at the Joe Kubert School. I’ve been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Carus, Oni, Dupuis and many others. I’ve worked on characters and properties like Batman, Superman, Hellboy, Star Trek and Road to Perdition, but I’m best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout and its Eisner-winning sequel, Whiteout: Melt. Whiteout was adapted by Warner Brothers as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale. I’m a founding member of Periscope Studio, the largest studio of freelance comics and storyboard artists in North America.
What’s your current project?
I’m the artist of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a monthly title from Marvel Comics. The hardback of ALABASTER: Grimmer Tales, written by Caitlin R. Kiernan and published by Dark Horse Comics is due out very soon. I’ve got a couple of other projects in the pipeline, but nothing I can talk about yet. Some older projects of mine are listed on my In Print page.
Will you draw my comic?
I’m always interested in taking on new freelance work if the project sounds interesting, there’s room in my schedule, and there’s a budget for a professional rate. I don’t work on spec, though.
What do you mean by “spec?”
“Spec” is industry shorthand for any work done on speculative basis, with payment promised “when we find a publisher,” “on the back-end,” “if we like it,” etc.
Do you take commissions?
Yes, though it depends on my schedule. Write me at steve (at) stevelieber(dot)com. and ask.
What are your rates for comics/storyboards/character designs/etc. ?
There are too many variables to give numbers here. Write me and we can discuss your project.
Will you give me feedback on my work?
Most of the time, no. I don’t have time to. I attend a lot of conventions though, and sometimes do portfolio reviews there.
How do I join Periscope Studio?
Periscope isn’t looking for new members. We’re all filled up.
When is the new Whiteout comic due out?
I don’t know. As of this writing, we’ve got one issue of Whiteout:Night completed. Greg has had to put the script for issue two on hold for a while.
What ever happened with Morning Dragons?
This was a comic Warren Ellis announced we’d be doing at Image. As far as I know, no script was ever written, and Warren eventually withdrew the project from his schedule.
Do you attend conventions?
Yes! If you’d like me to be a guest at yours, get in touch.
If you have any questions about my background or my creative process, the answers might be in one of these interviews: Ain’t it Cool News | The Comics Journal | Sequential Tart