If you’re an avid follower of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while you may not have known it was him, you’ve most likely seen some of BossLogic’s work. He’s blazed a path as one of the best fan creators for Marvel, DC, and many other fandoms alike. He’s created some of the most iconic renditions of favorite moments (such as Captain America wielding Mjolnir) and taken fan theories (and theories of his own) and brought them to life such as bringing to life a rendition of Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio upon his initial casting to a preview of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Black Adam.
He got his first official Marvel gig from the Russo brothers, creating a poster for the climax to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame, and since then has gotten commissioned by Invicta Fighting Championships and The Rock. He’s just recently started joining the US comic conventions, bringing along his iconic art to buy and view in artists allies around the country, and ACE Comic Con Northeast has made his list.
ACE Comic Con Northeast is three weeks away, and we got a chance to hear from the man himself leading up to the event about how the US convention circuit is treating him, how he got started, and what he’s most looking forward to in the future.
Nerds and Beyond: For anyone who may not know you, can you tell us a little about yourself and where we can find your work?
BossLogic: Hey guys, my name is Kode, many know me as Bosslogic, Melbourne based digital artist proudly working in the entertainment industry.
You can find me on all socials, just search up @Bosslogic
Nerds and Beyond: What was your introduction to the comic book world?
BossLogic: I have always been a fan of comics from a very young age but that’s not the path I took when I took up art. It wasn’t until I started watching Arrow on The CW that I would mock up posters for upcoming episodes. From there, I tried it on other shows and started playing around with my own castings. The works kinda blew up from those days.
Nerds and Beyond: As a kid exploring art and finding your skill, what medium did you start out with and what was your inspiration back then?
BossLogic: Well at school I would draw all over my textbooks. I mean all of them. I started failing classes because all I wanted to do was art, but from there I went to digital from some encouraging words from an old friend of mine.
I just wanted to put out whatever was in my head and the progression to keep getting better at what I do has inspired me to design day in and day out.
Nerds and Beyond: While Photoshop is your main outlet, do you still try to find time to practice other mediums?
BossLogic: Since back in the days when I switched up to digital, I put my traditional skills on the back burner. But as of late I have been spending more time on those skills as well as photography. The goal is to better each of my skills, combine each element and make me a better overall creator.
Nerds and Beyond: Who were your influences at the beginning of your career, both comic artists and others? Do you remember any reference books that were a favorite?
BossLogic: I’m always thankful to have grown up following and learning from Mike Orduna (Fatoe). I owe him a lot. He was one of the only artists that was huge in the field and took his time to help me when I was down, pick me up and kept me going.
Peter Jaworowski (Hejz) is another artist I truly admire. From way back when he was doing art pieces that make today’s works look outdated, some of his lights works are what influenced my style these days. He is also one of the most down to earth people I know.
My father, the first artist I got to know growing up, is definitely the reason I picked up a pencil though.
As for books, my main source of inspiration was comics and computer arts magazines.
Nerds and Beyond: Your variant covers and posters are so widely appreciated by fans and creators alike, what’s been your favorite part of seeing the fan’s reception to your work?
BossLogic: I wasn’t too sure how they would react or accept my form of art as comic covers and after I released my first one, I was overwhelmed with joy from all the positive feedback, and it truly inspired me to keep going and try harder on each cover. Hopefully I can do more!
Nerds and Beyond: You’ve done official work for Marvel, Invicta Championship Fighting, and have been commissioned by The Rock, do you remember what it felt like to get that first big break with the Russos?
BossLogic: They followed me on Twitter after I released my ‘Avenge Us’ poster series and we kept in touch with them saying they loved my works. Finally I broke out of my comfort zone and traveled to LA, where I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Russo at his film studio. We talked shop and the future for both of our teams. It was a good day. A really good day.
Nerds and Beyond: What upcoming Marvel or DC project are you most excited about as a fan? As an artist?
BossLogic: As a fan and artist, The Batman, Black Adam, Eternals, Blade, Spider-Man 3, honestly way too many to add. I want to work and watch them all.
Nerds and Beyond: You’re fairly new to the US convention circuit, with this being your second ACE Comic Con and I know you’ve been to San Diego Comic Con — are you enjoying the experience so far?
BossLogic: At first it was overwhelming. See in Australia our cons are good but are nowhere near the scale of the States cons, but the people/fans over in the US are just so amazing and welcoming. I’ve felt at home.
Nerds and Beyond: Do you have any advice for someone who’s getting started in their artistic career, specifically using the form of fan art?
BossLogic: Like anything else, do it for the fun of it. Make sure you keep enjoying what you do day in day out. The social works especially for artists can get real toxic at times, not only from random people on the internet, but even by other artists tearing each other down and that’s something you have to deal with. But as I said keep it fun, keep progressing and eventually it will be your time.
Nerds and Beyond: What are your goals as an artist for the future?
BossLogic: My endgame goals include:
- Bring my movie idea to life.
- Bring my short film to life.
- I finally got a team, a dope team, but now I want us to be a heavy hitter in the field.
- Be name dropped in a Rap music video. [laughs]
Nerds and Beyond: We are a nerdy site after all, so we have a few rapid fire nerdy questions for you:
That would be Magneto.
What color would your lightsaber be?
Red, but one of those good guys that hold the door open for you Red.
What would be your superpower if you could choose?
Time control or energy manipulation.
The Avengers or Justice League (as the teams not the films)?
Justice League because it always felt like a family to me more than a team.
You can see BossLogic and many other artists at ACE Comic Con Northeast, being held March 20-22 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Tickets for the event are on sale now.