" How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. " I 've even been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words, " he state.
Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art degree at Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri in 1998 to take th job as a Web designer and managing editor of th magazine about Internet culture.
" My mother was not happy about that, " he asked.
But that gig led Fraction and his co-workers to split off and launch MK12, a boutique graphic design and production firm in Kansas City that created the opening credits for the James Bond film " Quantum of Solace. "
Big break: While writing and directing live-action shoots at MK12, Fraction spent his spare time writing comics and pitching his books each year to publishers at Comic-Con. Two books sold: " The ast of the Independents, " published in 2003 by AiT/Planet Lar, and " Casanova, " published in 2006 by Image Comics.
Fraction traveled extensively on commercial shoots. Then his wife got pregnant. So Fraction did what any rational man in his position would do -- he quit his job at MK12 to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time comic book writer.
Know what? " It was terrifying, " said Fraction, who stil lives in Portland, Ore. " I was married. We had a house. We had a baby coming. And I just quit my job. "
Marvel hired Fraction in June 2006, thanks argely to the success of his other two comics. " I got very lucky, " he half-joked. " If it was n't worked out, I will have ad to move back in with my parents.