Name: Eric Hector
Occupation: Creative director of Heroic Age Studios and the Heroic Age Art Center
City of residency: Mount Zion
How does it feel to be celebrating Heroic Age's 25th year in Macon County?
It feels wonderful to be celebrating 25 years in business. However, upon reflection, I mostly feel grateful. I am grateful to all the talented artists we have worked with over the years. I'm thankful for all the brilliant teachers and mentors who have helped Heroic Age along the way.
And I especially owe a debt of gratitude to my friends and family as well as the surrounding community of Mount Zion, Decatur and Macon County, who have embraced Heroic Age from our beginning and persistently support us as our business continues to grow and expand.
What sparked your passion and interest in the arts?
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My passion for the arts has its origin in comic books, especially Spider-Man. As a young boy, comic books taught me to love stories — in particular, visual storytelling, which leads directly into my involvement in filmmaking.
Who are some of the biggest influences on your work?
The biggest influences on my work as an illustrator are John Romita Jr., John Byrne and Todd McFarlane. My commercial and filmmaking influences are Sam Raimi and Quentin Tarantino, and my overall influences as a creator and storyteller are J. K. Rowling and Stan Lee. One of my greatest career moments was actually being introduced to Stan Lee as a co-worker in my early days working for Marvel Entertainment.
Do you have any dream projects that you’d like to work on someday?
I have been lucky enough to work on projects involving most of the characters I loved as a child, like Spider-Man and Darth Vader. However, I have a few projects that I am really looking forward to working on in the upcoming year, particularly our horror film "Trick and Treats." I feel its story is going to be a real game changer. Also, one day I want to find the time to finish my novel.
If you could share one piece of advice to a young, up-and-coming artist, what would it be?
My advice for young artists is to embrace technology, dive deeply into anything that can give you an artistic advantage, and then make a plan to achieve your goals and stick to it.