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’90s Image artist Dan Fraga re-emerges as director of The Ricky Gervais Show

In the comics boom of the mid-’90s, a number of new creators burst onto the scene. Dan Fraga was hired fresh out of high school in 1991 to draw for Rob Liefeld’s line of comics at the then-newly launched Image Comics. He disappeared from the comic shelves around the turn of the century, but now he’s popping up in the most unlikely of places: directing a television show for comedian Ricky Gervais.

To jog your memory, Fraga made his comics debut in the pages of Youngblood, and went on to do his own creator-owned work like Black Flag and Gear Station as well as work for the Big Two on everything from What If? to Superman. But in 2000 Fraga segued out of comics to become a storyboard artist for films like Transporter 2 and the second Fantastic Four movie. In 2010 a gig doing storyboards for an MTV series called The Hard Times of RJ Berger led to the producers expanding his role to direct animated scenes for the show. That in turn got him the offer to direct Ricky Gervais’ self-titled animated show based on his pre-recorded podcasts.

“While the show is from preexisting podcasts, Ricky worked with us to make sure that what we did coincided with what he wanted for the show,” Fraga said in an interview with Examiner.com. “He was a fun guy to work with and had great notes.”

In addition to directing this show, Fraga says that he’s working on a pilot for Adult Swim as well as a novel. You can catch up to Fraga and his work over at his blog, FragaBoom!

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NICE! Hopefully one day, Fraga will grace comicdom again with his magical pencil and brushes!

Some of the recent work he has on his website is just absolutely jaw dropping. Black Flag, Bezerkers and Kid Supreme used to line the walls of my bedroom as a teenager.

Out of all of the Young Gun’s that came out of the 90’s, Fraga was the best. He continually grew as an artist, project after project and it was a damn shame for the comics biz when he left to work on movies and tv, but what he is doing in his new arena is also nothing short of amazing. I just long for that day, when we will once again see his work in comic book form!

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