Expendable One Interview

Conducted by Richard Vasseur/Jazma VP 2005

1. Is there any pressure on you because this is Viper Comics first graphic novel?

No, I honestly never felt any pressure about that aspect of it. I guess I've been drawing comics as a hobby ever since I was a kid. So to me, working on The Expendable One was just drawing more comics. But knowing it was for Viper certainly made it more rewarding.

2. How do you describe your art style?

Imagine if Dr. Frankenstein did an elaborate operation where he removed the brains of Bernie Wrightson, Jack Davis, Graham Ingles, Richard Sala, Lee Browne Coye, Basil Wolverton, and Bruce Timm, then blended them together in a food processor, then threw in a healthy dose of mental retardation to knock down the quality a bit. My artwork is what would come out.

3. Does your art emphasize the sexuality of women?

Well, of course.

4. Is there going to be a fair amount of violence in this series?

No, not a fair amount of violence. But rather, more of an excessive amount of violence.

5. How did you become part of Viper Comics?

I don't know. Jason Burns e-mailed me and asked me to draw this story he had written. It was originally supposed to be for another publisher, but then, after we finished the first 24 pages, the other publisher decided they didn't like it anymore! I don't know if it was the gore or just my artwork! But as I understand it, they even tried to get Jason to start over from scratch with a new illustrator. I owe Jason a big debt of gratitude because instead of going along with that wonderful opportunity, he stuck with my artwork and dropped the publisher! Then there was a gap of a few months where Jason went out to try and get it picked up by somebody else and I moped around saying, "Well, who knows, maybe I suck!" And then out of nowhere, Jason e-mailed me to say the book got picked up by Viper! So then I started drawing pages again, except now it was for Viper. And here we are!

6. Have you worked on any other comics?

Yeah, I have this other comic book I created called "Wulf and Batsy". It's about this cute chick vampire and a big, ferocious werewolf who are pals. They roam around the country and get into adventures and eat people. It's pretty silly. The first 64 page book, which was a complete, introductory story, was published in July 2005 by a company called Chanting Monks Press. It came out really nice. I even got Joe Chiodo to do the cover. Since then I've also finished a second Wulf and Batsy story, which is over 100 pages and as yet, remains unpublished. Plus I've started drawing what will be the third Wulf and Batsy story, which is also all planned out as another 100 pager. This is my hobby, it's what I do in my spare time to relax. I figure eventually they'll all get published somehow, or maybe they won't. But either way, they sure make me happy.

7. What part of drawing do you enjoy most?

I find any excuse to draw monsters, blood and guts, and half-naked girls most enjoyable.

8. What type of genre is "The Expendable One"?

That question would probably be better directed toward Jason Burns, since he wrote it. But I would describe it as action, horror, and comedy all mixed together. I also find it a little bit tragic. Twigs seems like a sad guy to me. His life sucks!

9. Where does your inspiration come from?

Watching horror movies, listening to loud, scary music, looking at lots of art and reading lots of books, and my unrelenting determination to make a living doing artwork instead of real work, 'cause I'm a lazy-bones.

10. How can someone contact you?

On my website, www.cryptlogic.net, you will find a contact page where you can send me all the nasty e-mails you want!

11. Any parting words of advice?

Yes. Some very important words of advice. The acts of mutilation of the human body depicted in The Expendable One are all performed by professional comic book characters. Please don't try them at home. You won't heal like Twigs does. You will die.

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