Once an aspiring comicbook artist, Bourassa is living his dream, albeit in a slightly different way, in the DC Comics universe at Warner Bros. Animation.
"As a young kid who loved to draw, I discovered comicbooks early on," he says. "I even created my own comicbook."
He took it to Comic-Con in 2001 and sold between 50 and 100 copies, one of which ended up in the hands of a Warners exec. "She liked it and gave my book to (director) Denys Cowan, who did 'Static Shock,' and he brought me in to do character design."
Since then, Bourassa has had a chance to become artistically involved with some of the most iconic characters in the comicbook realm, including Superman, Batman and Robin. "It's the best job in the world to get to work with these beloved characters with such a storied tradition both at this studio and in the comics," he says.
And he's already got an Emmy for his efforts. The character designer picked up the kudo for individual achievement in animation for the first episode of "Young Justice," about superhero sidekicks striking out on their own, airing on Cartoon Network from 2010 until March 2013.
Though he's been at it for 13 years, "I still feel like I have to push myself every day to improve my craft … to take in new influences and new inspirations and infuse them in my work," he says. "I hope I'm still able to be competitive and do better work next year than I'm doing this year. That's always my goal."
— Terry Flores