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Kabuki and Daredevil)
"The most intimate and extensive interviews and exploration of my work so
far. There is a lot of stuff on this DVD I’ve never shown before." -- David Mack
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Chapters on the DVD
|The Alchemy of Art: David Mack (1 hr 11 min)
Beginnings and Endings
Putting it Together
What's My Book?
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Quotes from The Alchemy of Art: David Mack
|I hate to make a comparison, but really he's
the closest thing comics has to Picasso in that he's prolific, he paints from
the heart, and his paintings are very passionate, very distinctive. When you
see a David Mack, you know it's a David Mack right off the bat.
|My way has always been just to do it first,
and after it's done, it finds a place to the readers. It's better than talking
to someone ahead of time and asking them to tell me how to do it, because then
you are just going to get what they are asking you to do. I'd rather just do
it my own way first. David Mack
|He just can't contain this stuff, it just
pours out of him. I've never known a guy to do such gorgeous work and so much
of it. Terry Moore
|Comics are such as great medium to just let
the emotional content shine through with the artwork. Sometimes you can be
very detailed oriented and more literal with it, and sometimes you can just
let it do its own thing. David Mack
|The Kabuki books that have came out over the
years are beautifully drawn, they are great complex stories, and the more I've
learned about David, the more I realized he was researching all of this; he
has been to Japan a bunch, it was really impressive. He's a unique guy, very
physical, very passionate. Terry Moore
|I've never formally drawn a distinction
between ending being a kid and being an adult, which is one of the fun things
about doing what I do…it's like a part of me never has to put on the brakes
and stop thinking whimsically. David Mack
|Sometimes your ideas and your instincts are
smarter than you are. You just have to realize that. David Mack
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KABUKI has earned David international acclaim for its innovative
storytelling, painting techniques and page design. The series is available in
seven languages and there are over one million copies of Kabuki comics,
paperbacks and hard covers in print in the United States alone. David is the
creator, and author and artist of Kabuki.
|David is the writer and cover artist for
Daredevil, one of
the ten best-selling comics in the United States.
|Mack has designed toys and packaging for companies in Hong
Kong, created ad campaigns for Sakura art materials and illustrated Jazz and
Rock albums for Japanese and American labels and musicians such as Paul
|Mack's work has garnered nominations for two 1999
International Eagle Awards in the categories of Favorite Comic Artist
(Painted), and Best Cover Art of the Year (Painted), the Eisner Awards in the
category of Best Painter, and both the Harvey and Kirby awards in the category
of Best New Talent, as well as other awards and nominations.
|He was the first American to be nominated for Germany's
most prestigious Max-Und-Moritz award in the category of best-imported comic.
you know that David was a comic book character named Detective David Mack in
the "Powers" comic book?
you know that David as a comic book character sat next to his own character
Kabuki on an airplane and made light conversation with her?
The acclaimed team at Hero Video Productions presents the first glimpse of
their latest documentary "The Alchemy of Art: David Mack"
in comic book shops worldwide. Called "One of the true geniuses of the medium" by
Entertainment Weekly, Mack's work expands the possibilities of graphic novels and other fields he explores. David is
the creator, author and artist of
KABUKI and was also the writer and artist of
Daredevil (one of the top
ten best selling comics in the United States) from
Marvel Comics. David says "This is the most intimate and extensive interview and
exploration of my work so far. There is a lot of stuff on this DVD I’ve never shown before.”
Produced by Hero Video Productions’ award-winning staff, “The Alchemy of
Art: David Mack” is the latest in a series of DVDs produced by Hero Video examining the comic book
industry. Fans can find “The Alchemy of Art: David Mack” at their local comics shop. The award-winning, best selling “Terry Moore: Paradise Found” and “Telling
Stories: The Comic Book Creators” – featuring Geoff Johns, Bruce Timm, Greg Rucka, Jimmy Palmiotti,
Howard Chaykin and other greats - are also being made available again to comic book retailers.
"'The Alchemy of Art: David Mack' won a
Platinum Remi (top award) in the Independent Video category at the Worldfest
film festival. This is the 40th year for the festival. Worldfest gave out
the first awards to Spielberg, Lucas, the Coen brothers, And Lee and a host
interesting and entertaining documentary that will be of interest to fans of
comic book art, or art in general."
"Whether it's his art or his childhood or his favorite comics, he has a lot
to say. The guy comes across in this documentary as a walking whirlwind of
energy. Whether he's painting, meeting fans at a convention, or just sitting
and chatting, he's always "on," and his constant enthusiasm is apparent on
"To describe David Mack's artwork, is
understanding the concept of 'connecting the dots', you will understand that
concept when you purchase this DVD! Yep, you learn some fun stuff with this
Alchemy of Art: David Mack DVD is the definitive reference for art lovers of
any level of knowledge and understanding! It's looking into the mind of a
Whether you're a comic book enthusiast or just someone who is interested in
the artistic mind, The Alchemy of Art: David Mack has much to teach
you. Prior knowledge of the artist's work is not required, as the film will
fully educate you to the man's singular vision. You will most likely walk
away a fan, and once you see Mack's approach to painting and life in
general, you may just be inspired to try to apply his philosophy to your own
endeavors, be they in art or just in getting through the day. This DVD gets
added points for some excellent bonus features that not only shed more light
on David Mack's work, but stay in the spirit of his own creative process."
movie is nicely done and very effective as a portrait of an artistic mind.
Even if you've never encountered David Mack's work before, you will walk
away from watching The Alchemy of Art with a clear sense of what his
vision is, and you'll probably be intrigued to see more."
a rare glimpse into one man's creative life, and Mack's drive should be
inspiring for anyone who is aspiring to create their own art, or even anyone
who already is."
Radio, January 2007
"Writer/artist David Mack slides into the spotlight with
this in-depth documentary exploring his career as one of the most visionary
creative minds in graphic storytelling. Focusing on a wide-ranging,
extensive Q&A with the creator inside his studio as well as looks at his
rare works and some never-before-seen original art, it's an extraordinary
look inside the life of a true artistic genius."
Hewitt residents turn love of comics into DVD
Waco Tribune Herald, December 2006
Comic Book Resources, October 2006
Jamie Tarquini talked about
The Alchemy of Art: David Mack DVD during The Pipeline Podcast Previews
episode (4m:39s - 6.41 mb).
Show and Tell,
Baker's Dozen, September 2006
Atlanta Comics Expo, April 21-22, 2007
Comicon, Saturday, April 28, 2007, 3 p.m. in the Butler Room
|Gulf Coast Film and
Video Film Festival, Saturday, September 15, 2007, 4:05 pm in the
state-of-the-art Proscenium Theater on the San Jacinto College South campus in
the new Flickinger Fine Arts Building.
|I wish every one of my favorite creators could receive the
treatment given to David by Hero Productions. A 2+ hour documentary, as
in-depth and involving as anything I've ever seen including readings of Shy
Creatures by David, and a page-by-page look at an issue of Kabuki: The
Alchemy. Have watched it 3 times and even my parents enjoyed it greatly! This DVD is absolutely worth owning. It flew by in a blink
& I shall be watching it again. -- T., Missoula, MT
|I will definitely let people know how good your David Mack
-- Steve, Burbank, CA
|People, buy this DVD! The producers of this did an
incredible job of getting out of the way letting the focus rest solely on Mack
and the art... and that art is obviously some of the best in the business.
Honestly, comics needs more products showcasing true talents in the industry
like David and one of the ways to ensure it continues is to support the people
trying to make them. Buy it. Buy it. Buy it!
-- Jonathan H.
|Oh wow, man. If you haven't (GET IT!!) This was an amazing
DVD. I really appreciated David sharing so much of his personal life and a
peek into how he creates such beautiful work.
-- Frank, Houston, TX
|If you create, if you have aspirations to create, if you
know someone that creates, if you love comics, if you enjoy Kabuki or DD, or
any other title MACK has contributed to, then you must GET THIS DVD. It
is refreshing to see that the person is as every bit as true as their
expression suggests. Inspiring. GET THIS DVD.
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