This interview has a spoiler level of 5×22 – Mirror Image. For a spoiler free version, please listen to the slightly shorter interview in the main episode QLP 022 All Americans.
A graduate of Warwood High School and West Liberty University, David Campiti is the adopted son of Charles H. and Rose Campiti. He began writing as a child and sold his first writing to the Wheeling News-Register while still in college and to such magazines as Writer’s Digest and Comics Buyer’s Guide soon after. He was an on-air news reporter at WKWK radio, where he also wrote, performed, and produced funny radio commercials. He soon moved on to WANJ-FM radio and, in 1982, moved from his hometown of Wheeling, WV to North Attleboro, MA, where he worked as chief copywriter at the L.G. Balfour Company and, later on, as public relations writer for the United Way of New England. As early as 1982, he began selling comicbook writing to Pacific Comics and was first published in comics in 1983. By 1985, David was writing Superman stories in Action Comics for DC and soon went into freelance designing, editing, and book packaging full-time for several years, and helped launch Amazing Comics, Wonder Color Comics, Pied Piper Press, Eternity Comics, New Sirius Productions (both Sirius Comics and Prelude Graphics), Malibu Comics, and other companies. In the process, he discovered and debuted the careers of many talents.
In 1988, he founded Innovative Corp, known publicly as ”Innovation Publishing.” Under David’s control as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Innovation became #4 in the market share, below only Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse, as it brought to prominence many literary, film, and TV tie-in series and adaptations, such as Anne Rice’s The Vampire Lestat, Beauty and the Beast, Dark Shadows, Lost in Space, Piers Anthony’s On a Pale Horse, Quantum Leap, and many others. He was the first editor to publish an authorized Stephen King short story in comics in 25 years.
Over the years, David was a writer or co-writer for hundreds of comic books, often illustrated by the artists that he discovered. In 1993, David resigned from Innovation to launch Glass House Graphics — a professional service firm that provides development and organizational services as well as illustrators, writers, painters, and digital designers — where he holds the position of CEO and Global Talent Supervisor. David has also served as a Consulting Publisher of MAD Magazine in Brazil and has been a columnist for several publications.
Today, in addition to writing, he oversees three offices in Brazil; one in Manila, Philippines; one in New Delhi, India; and two new locations in Indonesia — coordinating creative services from a roster of nearly 120 talents worldwide to produce animation, art, and digital graphics for scores of clients. In association with Cutting Edge Productions in Asia, he was a consulting producer on Niko: The Journey to Magika, an animated feature film released in 2009.
What’s more, through his Academy of ComicBook Arts, David teaches Seminars worldwide on creating comics, graphic novels, manga, and videogame work, and has helped shape comics-centric art curriculums at several colleges, art schools, and universities.
David is married to Meryl “Jinky” Coronado Campiti, who herself is a writer and artist, best known for Banzai Girls and Avalon High. She is also a lingerie/bikini model, twice featured in FHM, as well as in Mirror, Femme Fatales, Play, Wizard, and other publications. They have a child, Jasmine, together. They reside in Orlando, Florida.
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