It’s April and the New York Comic Con is right around the corner. Arcana Comics will be set up and sharing a booth with Platinum Studio. Be sure to stop by and say hello. We’ll be booth #1757. Scheduled to appear are the creators of Kade, Koni Waves, Eve: Vampire Diva, Gearhead, and many more!
Camilla d’Errico Interview
I recently had the chance to chat with the creator/artist of the new manga-influenced Arcana series, Burn, Camilla d’Errico. Fans may know her from her work on Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes. Now, readers can get the chance to find out the latest about her first creator owned project.
MP: Most comic fans probably know you best for Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 wishes. How did that project come about?
C: The Avril project was produced by House of Parlance, a local Vancouver publishing company, we connected at one of the Vancouver Comic Cons where I was displaying in the artist tables. They really enjoyed my self published book “The Fallen” and saw the potential of collaborating with me on a manga for Avril Lavigne. I was really fortunate to have co-created the story with Joshua Dysart, we had a lot of control over the context of the story, which is really important to me because I base a lot of my creativity on the depth of the characters and plot. The entire project was a whirlwind production once Random House decided to publish it in conjunction with Avril’s newest album release. It was the most intense project I’ve worked on to date!
MP: What other projects have you worked on?
C: I’ve worked on several titles, my most recent work has been with Slave Labour Graphics, working with Serena Valentino on her title “Nightmares and Fairytales”. This to me was a wonderful experience, since the beginning of the series I was a huge fan of Serena’s and of the story, so it was really incredible for me to continue the series and actually conclude the series with my issues.
Another project that I have done has been “Tanpopo” another creator owned series that I started. This book was initially a self published art piece, that was inspired by the German play FAUST. The book has been picked up by OSO and will be re-printed with more pages and more content to flesh out the story into an ongoing series. I’m so excited because OSO plans to publish the book in Asia as well as North America.
Currently I am working with a video game company to develop a Nintendo DS video game. Big Sandwich Studios is producing the game we will be starting the manga version of the game this year. Details are very hush hush, so I can’t give out too many details yet.
MP: Your artwork is very manga inspired. Did you grow up reading manga? How did you develop your style?
C: I actually didn’t grow up reading manga, I grew up reading North American comics, my favourites were Witchblade and The Darkness. Manga didn’t really hit me until I was out of high school. I remember watching a lot of anime, like Sailor Moon and Astro Boy but I didn’t make the connection to comics until later on. Once I finished the mini series “Zevon-7” I toke a year off of comics to really develop my manga style. I wanted to be as authentic as I could, but also use my European influence into the work. I constantly push my style to be as Japanese as I can, but still maintain my own style within that look.
MP: You have a new 6 issue mini-series coming out through Arcana called Camilla d’Errico’s Burn. How did this project come to Arcana and what can you tell us about the series?
C: My first creator owned mini series that will be coming out in May 2008! It’s a six issue series that is completely manga inspired, it has everything I can think of for manga fans. It has mecha, angst, tragedy, comedy and some really big robots.
I first started the series years ago while I was still in college, so its been a work of passion for me for quite some time. I remember conceptualizing the series, and really wanting to create a story that would appeal to a wide audience and deliver a very real and emotional story as well. The main character is Burn a 13 year old oby, and he’s a very tragic character. His world is chattered, his body is destroyed and everything that was his is now gone. The idea of essentially being trapped in your own body, unable to even have the simple control of your own flesh, to me was something that I thought would make this series stand out on an emotional level and add another layer to the story.
I can’t wait for people to read the series and enjoy the visuals as well as enjoy the emotions of the characters and the sheer angst of the story.
MP: Do you have any plans for Burn beyond the mini-series?
C: Originally yes. I had wanted the series to be broken up into two, six issue mini series. I like how it concludes, but to me the story has more potential and if I can, I’d love to see it go beyond just these six issues and follow the original path I set out.
MP: What advice do you have for young artists trying to make it comics?
C: Comics are a tough business; you have to have passion and dedication. It’s important to listen to critiques and not take it personally when people comment on your work, but rather to constantly improve. Talk to as many editors as you can, go to portfolio reviews, get advice, and don’t make excuses for yourself or your work, but instead learn from your art. Every drawing you do will surpass the last, so constantly draw and go for it!
MP: Before we wrap this up, do you have any projects or appearances you would like to mention?
C: Yes! I’d love to plug my new Dark Horse Stationary set that is coming out, its my first time working with DH and I’m really excited about this colab. I have a toy in the new BAXBEAR line, check it out at www.baxbear.com. Also, I have lots of new things coming out, so check out my website www.camilladerrico.com and watch for updates because I’m gearing up for a lot of new things this year! Thanks! Camilla
New Forums Are Up!
Wanna talk to Camilla about Burn? Now’s your chance! The Arcana message board has recently been updated with new forums for titles like Burn, Eve: Vampire Diva, Banzai Girls, Helen Killer, Corrective Measures, and Mwumba. Please stop for a chance to talk to the creators involved in these exciting new projects.
In This Month’s Previews
Burn #2 – Now that Burn’s world has collapsed, he finds himself a walking machine, a living genetic abomination. Burn’s reality exists now only in his mind, imprisoned in his own subconscious, struggling to find answers. The mechanical monster, Shoftiel, controls the body like a puppet master, marching the boy across the dessert towards a new city. Intent on finishing his mission, nothing will halt Shoftiel’s march. 24 pgs, B&W (2 of 6) $2.99 Diamond code: APR08 3547
Dragon’s Lair HC – Travel to a time of Sword and Sorcery; a time of Dragons and Damsels in distress! Follow Dirk the Daring and Princess Daphne as they return from an astonishing adventure in the Free Realms only to be attacked by the great dragon, Singe, and his evil minions. Singe vows revenge against Dirk for killing his offspring, and Daphne is soon caught in the dread dragon’s claws. Now, armed with his courage and skill, Dirk must brave the Dark Kingdom and all its evils in order to save the Princess from Singe! Contains never before seen artwork and sketches from Don Bluth! HC, 7×10 164 pgs, FC $19.95 Diamond code: APR08 3548
Helen Killer #3 – Having failed to prevent the assassination of President McKinley, Helen Keller has been forced out of the Secret Service. Determined to redeem herself, she sets out to bring the architects of the conspiracy to justice. But as Helen closes in on her enemies, the dark forces unleashed by the Omnicle close in on her! 28 pgs, B&W (3 of 4) $2.99 Diamond code: APR08 3549
Kade Box Set – The enigmatic warrior that doesn’t feel, but always hurts. During the Black Sun, under the Eye of God, angels may fall to Earth. These Fallen Angels have left the grace of God and act without consequence. Many try to spite their Creator by possessing the anemic spirits of those who are morally corrupt, using them as their demonic servants. As a Child of the Black Sun, Kade is the ageless balance that tips the dark scale back towards the light, as he hunts the demons and The Fallen. Set includes Kade’s first appearance in Kade: Identity, Kade: Sun of Perdition #1-4, and a Greg Horn Kade: Shiva’s Sun poster, all wrapped in a high-end Greg Horn box! Set, FC $16.95 Diamond code: APR08 3550
Wendigo #2 – Tanu is a sasquatch lost in the Canadian wilderness who must face the Fearsome Creatures in order to find the clues that will lead him to his mother. Tanu has recently partnered up with a splintercat and together they must save Tanu’s mother from the hunters. An all-ages book from Arcana Kids! 32 pgs, FC (2 of 4) $1.99 Diamond code: APR08 3551