Talking to Carlo Barberi

Anjo Banjo: How did you start all of this, like some people like my self see a drawing and say to them self , I want to do that.

Carlo Barberi: Yes, pretty much like that, ever since when I was a kid, my mother told me that I just took the table and just paint at the
table, so since i was a I’d, I just went to do that.

Anjo Banjo:There is this picture in one of the Deadpool with an arrow through his head, do you know who drew that particular picture? It’s hilarious!

Carlo Barberi: I think Paco Medina was the one to draw that particular issue, I think I drew the next one or something like that.
Well it’s those kind of things, always, when it comes to Deadpool. I have to draw those kinda things always in Deadpool and they are really really fun to do those.

Anjo Banjo: I love Deadpool, what do you think about him breaking the fourth wall?

Carlo Barberi: It’s awesome! You kinda relate to the character when that happens, you know you understand that he sees you so it’s a lot of fun.
I’m really happy working on that in Deadpool.

Anjo Banjo: Which one is your favorite character to draw?

Carlo Barberi: I have a bunch but I really like Deadpool, Superman, Batman, Spider-man, so I think that I have to stop right there. It’s pretty much all I like to draw. (Laughs)

Anjo Banjo: Some artist draw Deadpool differently with some more de formed and other less, how deformed is your Deadpool?

Carlo Barberi: Not that deformed, maybe because I like the character, maybe that’s why mine is not so deformed. I pretty much just draw scars
and little bumps here and there but when you really look when I draw Deadpool without a mask you can see that he was handsome at some point, you know?

Anjo Banjo: Would you say will he ever be able to join the other X-men? You know he is back an forth. He is evil but he does the right thing.

Carlo Barberi: I don’t think he will be able to get the X-men he is to unstable to be an X-man and they have a big flag, you know they are the good guys and
everybody hates them, just imagine about Deadpool doing something stupid there.

Anjo Banjo: Like making million of pancakes for breakfast.

Carlo Barberi: Exactly. (Laughs)

Anjo Banjo: Tell me something about your equipment, how do you start from an idea to a finished product?

Carlo Barberi: Well I just imagine the, well I am gonna talk about pages. I got a script I just read what’s on the page and I imagine what the page is gonna look like and I just go from there I just start drawing. I just go from pencil to do the sketches and then the cells, then go to directly to pencil.

Anjo Banjo: If you look at the old Marvel comics they started with even squares and then came Japanese influence and opened up full pages and like that what inspired you to do the new way of drawing?

Carlo Barberi: When I was a kid I actually my first attempt on braking the page I saw McFarlane, Tod McFarlane. I just went nuts on that kinda thing. I remember John Romita, Jack Kirby, you know all that stuff but I thought that comics went that way and I want to draw comics but when I saw McFarlane I just like, ‘my god you can do that in a comic book page?’  So, that’s pretty much it, it’s my influence and how to brake a page, pretty much started with Tod McFarlane.

Thank you Carlo for a fun talk! It is always a great experience to get into the mind of such great artists.

I still hope that one day the X-men will accept Deadpool into their ranks, because they need a little bit more “crazy” and less sappy emo boy scout bordedom like Cyclops!

I mean come on.

Everytime  Jean goes missing, he turns into an Emo girls dream! They need Deadpool, at least he doesn’t break down when he “kind of” kills someone.

Only time will tell “and writers” where Deadpool will end up, one thing is for sure, there will be Taco’s involved.


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Sgt. Frank Woods Interview / Call of Duty – Black OPS

“Shoot me in the butt”, is the one thing that comes to mind when I think of James C Burns. This is a very funny man with a very outgoing personality and an all around sweetheart. He was one of the biggest smiles on the floor. He was, simply put, enjoying himself! Talking to his fans, the mini gamers (kids) and the bigger gamers (adults) and signing their pictures.

We managed to have an interview with this one of a kind gentlemen. I hope this will give you a lot of laughs as it did us.

James : Didn’t I see you earlier today? You came by the booth right?

Question : Yes you did, you signed stuff for me and it was awesome.

James : I signed “stuff” for her, uhu!

Question : And you told me to shoot you in the butt.

James : Yea! Shoot me in the can because I say funny things! Hi, I am James C Burns, I am Sgt Frank woods in Call of Duty – Black OPS so SHOOT ME! Because I say really funny things, just not when your parents are in the room. They are a bit dirty.

Question : Was this the first Call of Duty you were in?

James : First one yes.

Question : Have you played any of the earlier ones?

James : Never! I never even played a video game, let alone what it was. It was a job that popped up by accident and I almost turned it down. I called my manager and said “Yea, it’s a video game, something called Call of Booty!“. He said, “Call of Duty?! Are you crazy?! Take the job!”.

Question : Are you going to play it now? Are you going to play your own game?

James : The reason I don’t play it is because I SUCK at it. They told me to stop playing it because I was an embarrassment to the franchise. I had to stop and they were nice enough to cut all the sequences of the game together to a full length movie, it was riveting and I was “wow”.

Question : Do you have more games in line now?

James : I cannot talk about it. I am under an NDA : Non Disclosure agreement! Cannot say a thing!

Question : Ok, that means yes.

James : I cant talk about it. They will yell at me.

Question : Seriously, you have to play video games now.

James : I can’t, see I don’t have a tactile skill. It wont allow me to do the things I want to do. I just don’t have the time, the hours that is spent to develop said ability.

Question : There has been so many amazing people here, to the point where you get over from being star struck by people, maybe if Robert De Niro walked by..

James : Hey if Robert walked by, I’d be star struck too! I’d be like ” YO ROBERT! WHERE ARE YOU!! YOU OWE ME MONEY!

Thank you James C Burns for an entertaining experience! You are indeed a very funny man and we wish you all the best in your future game-acting gigs!

You really need to start playing video games.

As an extra treat!

We are giving away an image (the image that is on top of this interview) signed by Sgt. Frank Woodshimself!

All you have to do is guess what catch phrase he wrote down on said picture!

The only hint we can give you is that it’s a catch phrase from the game itself! Once you’ve figured it out, post a comment and the first one to get it right, will be the lucky winner! Only two tries per person!


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A sit down with Mico Suayan

Mico Suayan got his first big break 2007 with Marvel by drawing “Moon knight”. He has since become one of the most popular Marvel artist being known specifically for his attention to details! We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr Suayan at Wizard World in Chicago and give him the third degree! Lucky for us, he was willing to talk!

Anjo Banjo: Hello Mico! Thank you for sitting down with us! What I read about your career is that Moon Knight was the one that launched it for you. How was your career before that?

Mico Suayan: Before I did Moon Knight, I was actually working for a story board company where I drew story boards for Tv commercials. Then I got a call from Marvel that they wanted me to do Moon Knight for them. I was so surprised! After that it’s been great! I mean people recognize me more, a lot of people in the comic book community. I’ve been meeting a lot of great people, it’s been fun.

Anjo Banjo: Do you have an Marvel artist that you look up to when it comes to style/art?

Mico Suayan: There is actually a lot of them. but the one artist that I really really like and got inspired by is Leinil Francis Yu. He has been like, I don’t know, like a God to me.

(For you non comic enthusiasts, Leinil Francis Yu is a well known Cover artist with his own deviant art page, check it out when you have a minute, it’s quite beautiful, google it)

Also, he drinks sprite, check out the can by his hand;)

Anjo Banjo: One thing I’ve noticed when it comes to artistry is that once it stops being a hobby and becomes more of a job, a bit of that creative joy and spark vanishes. Is that something that you’ve experienced?

Mico Suayan: Um, at first I was very exited and I still am. There is that hidden pressure that comes with working professionally with comic books, because you have to meet deadlines. You get scolded at your editor if you blow a deadline. So it’s a mixed thing for me. I am very happy with what I do but at the same time, I get stressed because of the deadlines and stuff.

Do you live in the Philippines?

Mico Suayan: Yes

Do you miss your family when you are doing conventions?

Mico Suayan: Actually, this is the first time for me being away from my family this long. I’ve been in America for almost a month now and I attended San Diego Comic con so yea. I mean, I cannot imagine myself living somewhere permanently without my family. It really effects my work a lot.

Anjo Banjo: I can relate, I’ve lived without my family for about 7 years and I miss them terribly.

Mico Suayan: Wow, that must be very hard for you

Anjo Banjo: It is, but I will be moving home soon so I’ll see them then, till then I have my cats. Anywho, what type of techniques do you use for your artistry?

Mico Suayan: Oh, I have two main ones at the moment. One is called hatching, the traditional way to do comic book. If I do a cover, I do the charcoal effect. I’ve been doing that for almost a year now.

Anjo Banjo: A mentor told me once that “Anna, you are not going to be spending your life doing someone elses characters, you are going to come up with something of your own”. Is that something you ever considered? Creating a character of your own I mean. Or  you are comfortable where you are at right now?

Mico Suayan: Yea well, it’s good work. I mean I am very comfortable doing Marvel characters. I’ve been thinking a lot though creating something on the side. When I come to think of it, I mean, it is a LOT of hard work. You have to hire a writer. I think it’s something more for the future, not today. I am very comfortable now with what I do.

Anjo Banjo: Which one is your favorite Marvel character?

Mico Suayan: Hmm, well, I’ve been doing a lot of Thor lately and I like it so far. Wolverine, is my favorite character, because he looks very simple. When he doesn’t have the claws out, he looks like a regular person. I try to stay away from the characters that wear tight-ass costumes. I am more of a realistic artist and I love to draw the creases, folds, jackets and stuff. I love to go into details and spend time on them. I think that that is what makes me a bit different right now because of the details I do. I am a bit of a perfectionist. I don’t want to show my artwork to my editor without knowing that I didn’t do the best I could do. It’s an advantage i think. The advantage is that it looks really good and the disadtantige is that you miss a lot of deadlines.

So there you have it. A lot of details will make you miss deadlines, but god it looks soooooo good!


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