Hermann Mejía (born 1973) is a Venezuelan-born, New York based visual artist. He is a painter and sculptor that has forayed very successfully into illustration living in Brooklyn. His illustrations frequently appeared in MAD Magazine.
Hermann Mejía started drawing very young. His explorations and his virtuoso drawing abilities took him to studying illustration, painting and the development of expression and character creation. His early influences on comics began with MAD Magazine, that had made their way to Venezuela from the United States in the early eighties. He was an avid fan, although he spoke no English at the time. He cites artists Sergio Aragonés (author of the wordless Groo the Wanderer strip) and Mort Drucker as favorites. He started collecting comics at age 13, and received his first artists' commission at 15, painting promotional graffiti for musical acts in Caracas. He studied at the Caracas Design Institute (Instituto de Diseño de Caracas), and from there started his fine arts careers with innumerable exhibitions both collective and solo in his native Venezuela. His arts career was always combined with forays into different media and segments in commercial art. His recognition as a vanguard artist landed him the commission to design of a series of Venezuelan postage stamps commemorating the Pope.
For coming in first in a sequential art contest, Mejía received a trip to New York City, where he met artist George Pratt, who had been one of the judges of the contest. Pratt took Mejía to the offices of DC Comics, and Mejía received work almost instantly. Through DC, Mejía met Charlie Kochman, the Licensed Publishing editor for both DC and MAD (which was by then a publication of DC Comics), and received an assignment for the April 1997 issue.
Mejía continued working for the New-York-based Mad while continuing to live in Venezuela for the next two years. In 1999 Mejía moved to the United States. He received a "Best in Magazine Feature" Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 2003.
- The Books of Magic Annual #1, cover only (1997, DC Comics)
- The Books of Faerie #1-3, covers only (Mar-May 1997, DC Comics)
- The Books of Magic #58, "Auberon Finds a Friend" (March 1998, DC Comics)
- The Books of Faerie: Auberon's Tale #1-3, covers only (Aug-Oct 1998, DC Comics)
- The Books of Faerie: Molly's Story #1-3 (Sept-Nov 1999, DC Comics)
- JLA: Riddle of the Beast (Nov 2001, DC Comics)
- Mejía's sculpted caricature work for Mad magazine include the "Iraq War Chess Set" in issue #473 (January 2007) and the O.J. Simpson "Heistman Trophy" in issue #497 (January 2009).
- Evanier, Mark (2002). Mad Art: A Visual Celebration of the Art of MAD Magazine and the Idiots who Create It. Watson-Guptill. pp. 257–260. ISBN 0-8230-3080-6.
- NCS Awards
- Irvine, Alex (2008). "The Books of Faerie". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 36–37. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015.