Magazine article Variety

Welcome to Toonville

Magazine article Variety

Welcome to Toonville

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Phil Bourassa

COMICBOOK ARTIST LEAPS TO SUPERHERO WORLD

Once an aspiring comicbook artist, Bourassa is living his dream, albeit in a slightly different way, in the DC Comics universe at Warner Bros. Animation.

"As a young kid who loved to draw, I discovered comicbooks early on," he says. "I even created my own comicbook."

He took it to Comic-Con in 2001 and sold between 50 and 100 copies, one of which ended up in the hands of a Warners exec. "She liked it and gave my book to (director) Denys Cowan, who did "Static Shock," and he brought me in to do character design."

Since then, Bourassa has had a chance to become artistically involved with some of the most iconic characters in the comicbook realm, including Superman, Batman and Robin. "It's the best job in the world to get to work with these beloved characters with such a storied tradition both at this studio and in the comics," he says. …

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