Fourth Wall Interviews: Nick Pitarra

16 12 2011

At this year’s Wizard World Austin, Freddie got the chance to interview artist Nick Pitarra (Astonishing Tales, The Red Wing, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and ask him a few questions about his latest project and about what he has coming up in the near future.


Freddie: For people who haven’t heard, how did your collaboration with writer Jonathan Hickman come about?
Nick Pitarra: Jonathan discovered me in an art contest that Comic Book Resources hosts called Comic Book Idol. I came in 5th one year, and from entering the contest Jonathan saw my work. By the time I lost the contest, Jonathan had already forwarded my portfolio on to John Barber at Marvel Comics. The day I lost the contest, I got an E-Mail from Marvel asking me if I’d like to work with Jonathan on an anthology. It was a story about Mojoworld in Astonishing Tales. That’s how me and Jonathan first got started.
Freddie: So, he choose you, rather than an established artist after seeing your work?
Nick: Yeah, that’s the really interesting and very cool thing about Jonathan, he really marches to the beat of his own drum when it comes to creating stuff. The Astonishing Tales stuff was some of his first work at Marvel as well. Instead of, like any other writer that was trying to break in — who would always daydream about who they’d want to work with, usually a bad ass professional — he picked me online. I’d never met him, never talked to him, never said anything to him before. I was unpublished, I didn’t even know of his work, and unbeknownst to me, he had sent my stuff to Marvel and asked if he could work with me. So with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the things he takes risks on, it shows that’s his mentality with creation. So, he took that chance with me, which was awesome.
F: So when you were offered your first job working with Jonathan Hickman, did you go back and research all of his previous books, like his early work at Image?
N: I did. I went to my local comic shop and picked up The Nightly News and the first thing I thought was “Why the hell does this guy want to work with me?!”, because we don’t draw alike at all. He doesn’t really do classic sequentials, he just kinda does text and graphs and silhouettes… I was like, “What the fuck am I getting into working with this guy?” And then, once I got the scripts, it just showed how well-rounded he was. It was a completely funny, zany, sequential story. He just let me be myself. He encouraged me to be myself. I was kinda blown away by how well rounded he was.

Fourth Wall Interviews: Nathan Edmondson

24 01 2011

On January 18th, 2011, Freddie got to interview writer, Nathan Edmondson (The Light, Olympus) about his new comic, “Who Is Jake Ellis?”

Thanks to the nice folks at Lone Star Comics: Dallas for staying open late
to allow this interview to take place.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Freddie: “Who Is Jake Ellis?” falls into the spy genre and your previous two books have been in very different genres. Do you find enjoyment in challenging yourself in writing in such different styles, or is this what feels natural to you as a writer?
Mr. Edmondson: It’s certainly not entirely purposeful, by which I mean, I don’t sit up and say “I want to do something very different in this book.” With each book, the inspiration was unique and led to a different story. I was drawn to doing something in the spy-space this time. I’m doing another book that’s kind of in that special forces/spy area. So, it’s just researching into it, there are a number of stories I saw in my head that I thought would be worth telling, that needed to be told. But, I do enjoy the challenge of exploring one genre after another. One, it allows me the opportunity to read a number of different things, and research in different directions. For one book, I can read these authors, and enjoy those authors, and try to get in their heads, and see how they may inspire me, what strengths I can draw from. And from another book, a whole stable of others. But, ultimately, I’m going to go where I’m inspired to write a story. Although, I think, any writer with a mind toward marketing and sales, and wants to make a living, needs to keep in mind both what is marketable at the time, and how he or she, as a creator, is being identified. It is difficult for some people, right now, to pin me as a certain kind of writer because each of my books have been radically different from each other. So, sometimes that can work against a creator. Many people want to go to someone and know what to expect from their next book. I’m trying to keep that in mind right now, whilst establishing myself in the industry.

Listen to find out more!


Fourth Wall Interviews: NYCC ’10

4 11 2010

Here’s some of the highlight interviews Danny managed to score at this year’s NYCC:

Mike Raicht and Brian Smith — The Writers of The Stuff of Legend

KC Green — The Creator of The Gun Show, Bee Power and Horribleville

Scott Snyder — The Writer of American Vampire

Comic-Con Day 1

1 08 2010
Jesse and Art report on their first day at Comic-Con 2010 and check out the Scott Pilgrim Experience!