DC has released a new DC Comics Art Academy with artist Lee Bermejo. The Art Academy's take place during conventions where artist sit down in front of a crowd and does a sketch while being interviewed by a host. Bermejo, who started at Wildstorm in 1997 as part of their internship program. He is the artist behind Joker, Luthor and Suiciders, and draws the Clown Prince of Crime himself—the Joker, during the session. In the process, he discusses his early days as an artist at WildStorm, who his favorite DC character is and what book he recommends to artists who'd like to draw comics. A chunk of the discussion is about the 25th anniversary of Wildstorm and a panel that was going to come up later during the San Diego Comic Con.
He also talks about creating a cover and how coming up with the initial concept is the hardest part and the most important. He spends a lot of time in the thinking and thumbnailing process as he wants to go in with a clear idea of what the cover will be before starting to draw. And he sees covers as needing storytelling as much as interior pages. He also talks about how much he enjoyed working with Brian Azzarello on Joker.