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Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, from page 28

Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, from page 28

This week I interviewed the colorist behind the three-book series The Elsewhere Chronicles, Corentin Jaffré. Book Four: The Calling, will be published by Graphic Universe in the spring.

Q. What computer programs and/or what kind of pens, pencils and brushes do you use?

The Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 1, textless cover

The Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 1, US cover


A. All panels of The Elsewhere Chronicles were colored digitally. I’m using an old Photoshop 6.1for most of the coloring (because it’s really fast and I’m really old) and an Intuos tablet. I’m trying to pay attention to the screen calibration too, and I’m using a Spyder3 colorimeter to avoid any color shifting during the printing.

Q. What music (if any) do our you listen to while drawing?

A. I listen to a broad styles of music during the coloring, mostly indie rock (Radiohead, Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens) and electronica (Boards of Canada, The Cinematic Orchestra…)

Sometimes I like working in silence too, if I’m doing something complex, as I can’t really do two things at the same time. (By the way, it’s a good tip from the great animator Richard Williams: “Don’t listen to music during work!” But hey… most of the time I’m not following his advice…)

Q. What are your favorite comics right now, either online or in print?

The Elsewhere Chronicles Book Three: The Master of Shadows

The Elsewhere Chronicles Book Three: The Master of Shadows

A. Right now I’m enjoy reading a french comic for kids, “Les épatantes aventures de Jules” by Emile Bravo. It’s really subtle and funny, and it shows that a comic for kids can be deep and entertaining at the same time.

Q. What comics did you read growing up?

A. I read a lot of DC and Marvels comics (I loved Iron man and the X-men), as well as French ones (Tintin, Gaston, Asterix).

Q. Did you go to college for art and/or comics, or something else? Which college?

A. I went to an art college for two years, at the Paris VIII University. I must say it was not really that interesting…

Q. What is your favorite comics convention (if any)?

A. I’m not going to a lot of conventions, but I enjoy visiting each years the “Montreuil Children’s Book Fair“.

Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, page 29

Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, page 29

The Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, Page 38

The Elsewhere Chronicles, Book 2, Page 38

Twisted Journeys #02 Escape from Pyramid X

Twisted Journeys #02 Escape from Pyramid X

Continuing bravely on, I have a third artist spotlight. This time it’s Matt Wendt, the artist behind some of our Twisted Journeys series, including the reoccurring character Agent Mongoose.

Q. What computer programs and/or what kind of pens, pencils and brushes do you use?

A. I’m one of those old-school pencil and pen artists. I do work in computers occasionally but only on personal and self-published projects. I work Mostly with Pencil for drawing. I generally use an F lead which is lighter but also more smudge resistant. When I ink I use Micron pens and Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. For Computer Programs, I use Adobe Photoshop mainly but am learning to use Adobe Illustrator as well. My wife and I do have a Wacom Cintiq tablet but I’m still getting used to it. Technology can be intimidating.

Q. What music do our you listen to while drawing?

A. I listen to a wide variety of music when I draw. If I had to pick one genre that was dominant in my playlists, I have to say Punk/Pop punk and Ska. But lately, I have my I-pod on random so it’s all over the map.

Twisted Journeys #08 Alien Incident on Planet J

Twisted Journeys #08 Alien Incident on Planet J

Q. What are your favorite comics right now, either online or in print?

A. I enjoy a grab-bag of comics at any given time. Sometimes I just like the art, other times it’s mostly the story but It’s really cool when it’s both. I can be somewhat finicky these days. I enjoy anything by Artist/Writer/Video game creator, Doug TenNapel. He has a fun art style and his stories are a wild ride. I also enjoyed Vertigo comics 100 BULLETS written by Brian Azzerello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso. The art style is unique and expressive and the writing is fantastic. Another good book is “THE RIDE” by 12-Gauge Comics. The artist/writer teams change alot but the stories are always awesome and they all have to have the same car in them. CHUMBLE SPUZZ is a fun Book by a great artist and hilarious writer, Ethan Nicolle and published through Slave Labor Graphics. If you enjoy twisted humor, you’ll enjoy Ethan’s work.

Q. What comics did you read growing up?

Twisted Journeys #09 Agent Mongoose and the Hypno-Beam Scheme

A. Spiderman, GI JOE, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-men, W.I.L.D Cats, Gen 13, Iron Man, Bat-man, Scud the Disposable Assassin, Tank Girl, Savage Dragon, Bone, and many other titles. I worked in a Comic book store for a time in high school and did a lot of reading when business was slow.

Q. Did you go to college for art and/or comics, or something else? Which college?

A. I’m pretty much a self-taught artist. I like to say I “got my knowledge from the streets”… It makes me sound tough. I learned mostly from trial and error and by drawing constantly. I studied the techniques of other artists I admired and added the things I learned from them to my arsenal of art abilities. As I got older I learned by having professional artists critique my are at comic conventions. When they gave pointers and tips, I listened and applied them to my own work. You never stop learning new skills as an artist. I am in a constant state of growth.

Q. What is the next convention you plan to go to?

A. I’m looking forward to the Minnesota MNCBA Spring Con in April and possibly A-CEN in Chicago in the spring.

Q. What is your favorite comics convention?

A. The MNCBA Fallcon at the Minnesota State Fair grounds in October. They always treat me extremely well and put on a great show with an emphasis on the talent over the dealers.

Twisted Journeys #08 Alien Incident on Planet J

Page from Twisted Journeys #08 Alien Incident on Planet J

Page from Twisted Journeys #2 Escape from Pyramid X

Page from Twisted Journeys #2 Escape from Pyramid X

Twisted Journeys Book #13: School of Evil

Twisted Journeys Book #13: School of Evil, April 2010

Continuing on from last week, I have another artist spotlight. This time I interviewed Sandy Carruthers, the artist behind some of our Twisted Journeys books, as well as two of our Graphic Myths and Legends series.

Q. What computer programs and/or what kind of pens, pencils and brushes do you use?

A. Mediums are bountiful these days. For my comic work, I use 2H and HB pencils, the classic Hunt 102 and sable brushes with black Pelikan inko 2 ply bristle board or illustration board. I paint with Acrylics when I’m working on canvas and color pencils for dry medium. For digital work, I use to work with Freehand for vector stuff, but now it’s Illustrator. For full color work I’ll use Photoshop. I’ve dabbled with Painter as well.

Q. What music (if any) do our you listen to while drawing? It can be a genre or specific bands or songs (or even podcasts).

A. Music is critical when I work. I generally go for Mozart or Beethoven in the mornings and shake it up with some Blues and Jazz in the afternoons. I prefer instrumental music, as I find lyrics distracting for my attention.

Yu the Great ; Conquering the Flood

Graphic Myths and Legends: Yu the Great ; Conquering the Flood

Q. What are your favorite comics right now, either online or in print?

A. Currently I’m reading: Superman-Secret Origins’ by Geoff Johns and Gary Martin, Doctor Voodoo by Rick Remender and Jefte Palo, Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, and Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham. Pretty much anything by Alan Moore. Liking Jonah Hex as well. I’m all over the map!

Q. What comics did you read growing up?

A. Wow. What didn’t I read? Let’s see… I read Gold Key’s Robot Fighter by Russ Heath, Carl Bark’s great Walt Disney comics, European imports like René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s Asterix. Tin Tin by Herge. Neal Adams and Len Weins Batman. Stan Lee and John Romita’s Spiderman. Steve Gerber and Gene Colan’s Howard the Duck. Countless Classic’s Illustrated. MAD magazine. Warren’s Eerie and Creepy Magazine (which introduced me to many amazing illustrators like Alex Toth and Will Eisner!) Heavy Metal blew me away with master work by the lieks of Moebius, Bilal, Druillet and Richard Corben. I discover Winsor McKay along the way. L’il Nemo in Slumberland. One of my main influence would have to be Joe Kubert. His Tarzan comics in the 70’s were breathtaking. There’s many, many more, but you get the gist. I do go out of my way to remember who wrote and illustrated works I really like… yes, I’m a nerd!

Sunjata : Warrior King of Mali

Graphic Myths and Legends: Sunjata ; Warrior King of Mali

Q. Did you go to college for art and/or comics, or something else? Which college?

A. I went to Holland College here in Prince Edward Island (where I grew up) and graduated with a Graphic Arts dipoma. I then took Illustration at Sheridan College in Ontario.

6. What is the next convention you plan to go to? (This doesn’t have to be definite.)

A. Hoping next summer to go to Hal-Con, which is a new event in Halifax, NS. Would like to make it to the Convention in Toronto next summer as well.

Q. What is your favorite comics convention (if any)?

A. Hands down, it would have to be The San Diego Comic Con. I’ve been there twice, and both times was an amazing adventure. The Toronto Convention is fun as well, and I think the Halifax one shows good promise. Nice to have it close as well. I’ve not been to any New York ones, but heard they can be fun.

Yu the Great : Conquering the Flood

Page from Graphic Myths and Legends: Yu the Great

Panel from Terror in Ghost Mansion

Panel from Twisted Journeys Book #03 Terror in Ghost Mansion

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