The origin story of the marvel artist Paco Medina

What are your first memories of reading comics?

Baku Medina: I remember in my early childhood eagerly waiting for my father to come back from work in the evening. It was exciting because my dad was my hero in those early years and he always came home with newspapers and comics. This was my first contact with comics. I’ll tell you how I met too Jack “King” Kirby during those years. Very early Sunday morning on TV in Mexico, they were showing a reboot Marvel superheroes [animated series] From 1966. It was great for me to watch every episode and get to know the Marvel characters that Kirby drew one by one. I swear it was a unique experience for me and my brother. My favorite episodes were the ones that starred Iron Man I also remember having Iron Man which was my favorite before all the others. Later in my teens I became a budding collector Spider Man And the X-Men.

Who are your favorite Marvel characters and creators to have grown up?

Baku Medina: It was my favorite read in my younger years John Burn on me UNCANNY X-MEN Spider-Man wrote John Romita Jr.And the Sal BussimaAnd the Todd MacFarlane And the Eric Larsen. then Joe Quesada And the Jim Lee It came and blew my mind.

When and how did you decide to pursue comic book art as a career?

Baku Medina: I have always been interested in drawing and because of this interest I met friends who were huge fans of comics. I think it’s thanks to these good friends that I still have, that my path turned towards the art of comics. The most important and decisive person to embrace the industry was my friend and brother Juan Flasco. He struck me with his huge love of comics and definitely became a mentor. Thank you for that dear Juan!

How was your early work in comics like?

Baku Medina: My first work was in some publication that I did independently with these old friends in high school, so little by little I began to get involved in other publications with larger print versions such as the comic book of the wrestler and other small books. [contributions] for Mexican publishers.

How did you get on Marvel’s radar for the first time?

Baku Medina: If I told you, you probably wouldn’t believe me. I think I was very naive and at the same time very bold in those years, speaking of the early 2000s.

I’ve been working at DC for a few years now. I had a bad job, and I also think in my personal life that I was at a rather complicated crossroads. Just like that I took a Marvel comic book and wrote the address on an envelope with copies of my work with a letter to Joe Quesada. Months later I received an invitation from Joe himself to join the Marvel family. You can imagine that I wasn’t surprised just because he knew me, but I liked Joe’s way [treated me] And his kindness.

How was it working on NEW X-MEN with the book Craig Kyle And the Chris Yost?

Baku Medina: Oh yes! It was a time filled with many emotions. On the one hand, things were not so good at home, I was in a complicated situation, but again it was Juan Flasco who supported me the most. The scripts were great and I remember Juan and I, we spent a lot of time together talking as we worked, talking about what we should do. It was a nice process because Craig and Chris’ scripts were perfect for the novel [visually]. Thanks for that guys!

What do you think was the first high-profile launch you worked on for Marvel?

Baku Medina: I think it was X-MEN #1 From the “Curse of Mutants” arc with Victor Gesler. I think this was the first time I felt more responsible and it was the first time I felt like I had to outdo myself by doing more and better things. I remember sleeping on the carpet near my desk to continue working after a few hours of sleep.

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