DC Comics has signed "exclusive" agreements with artists Robson Rocha and Otto Schmidt. Rocha is one of the pencilers for Green Lanterns, while Schmidt is one of the artists of Green Arrow. As with most of DC’s "exclusive" contracts, Robson and Schmidt will now produce content exclusively for DC and Vertigo.
“I’ve been a fan of comic books since I was a child,” said Rocha, who worked previously on Lobo and Sinestro. “To have the opportunity to work with the DC characters I admire and love so much is a dream come true. These heroes have helped me believe in a better and much more fantastic world. I hope that my contributions to these characters will help to inspire others.”
“Robson’s style is exactly what we need for Green Lanterns,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “The DC Universe has something for everyone, and tells stories that reflect the society around us. Robson’s treatment of both new Lanterns – Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz – is dynamic and light, showing energy and movement in every panel. Having Robson join our ranks is a win for DC.”
Schmidt is a more recent addition to DC’s stable, having done most of his professional work in Europe.
“Working with DC on Green Arrow this year has been a pleasure,” said Schmidt. “The fan reaction has been wonderful and I'm excited to show readers even more of what they love. This is a politically and culturally relevant series, but it should also be sexy and fun to read. That's my goal with every page I turn in. How could I not say 'yes' to drawing more Green Arrow and Black Canary for their fans?”
“Otto Schmidt’s style brings something truly special to Green Arrow,” said DC Entertainment Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras. “His sequential artwork is beautiful and brings a unique look to an incredible series, and issues are flying off the shelves. DC is excited that Otto is calling DC his home, and his art will be on our covers and inside our comics for some time to come.”