Δευτέρα, 13 Απριλίου 2015

An Interview with Ulises Farinas

The talented, hard working, and candid comics writer and artist, Ulises Farinas, will be attending Comicdom Con Athens '15 in less than two weeks. He was kind enough to sit down and answer to our questions! We talk about his current work on "Amazing Forest", his childhood, and his personal goals in life. Let 's see how he 'll do in this friendly interrogation!




Comics in Greece:
“Amazing Forest” is an anthology series. Do you find it more interesting to write different stories for every issue?

Ulises Farinas:
Amazing Forest was like a test for Erick Freitas and I, we wanted to see how many types of different stories we can write, all of them 8 pages only. We also wanted to show anyone who's unfamiliar with us, just how many different ideas and genres we like to play with.




Comics in Greece:
How do you choose the artists for “Amazing Forest”? What is the procedure? 

Ulises Farinas:
It 's not really much of a procedure, either one of us just keeps an eye out for new artists online. 

Comics in Greece:  
Do you spend more time writing or drawing comics? Describe us your working day.

Ulises Farinas: 
I mostly draw all day, Erick Freitas is much more of the writer, he handles most of the scripting and plotting of each story we work on. I wake up, go to my table, put on some tv show, leave it on in the background while I make comics.

Comics in Greece:   
Being a writer and an artist at the same time is a rare gift. Do you consider yourself lucky or hard-working? What came first in your life? Drawing or writing?

Ulises Farinas: 
I think I just like telling stories, I don't really care about the medium. I don 't see a large distinction between being a comic book artist and comic book writer, and we often give way too much credit to writers alone. I think I just work hard and smart and with the right people to get projects done that I want to do.

Comics in Greece: 
Is writing or drawing more stressful under a deadline?
 
Ulises Farinas:
I don't really feel stress that often, unless I 've put too much on my plate. In that case, no matter what I 'm working on is just something i have to get done.  
 
Comics in Greece:
What is your dream project?  
 
Ulises Farinas:
I just want to work for a living, dreams aren't very useful. Goals are better. My goal is to live more comfortably when I 'm older than I do now.  
 
Comics in Greece: 
What was the first comic that you read? Which was the first character that you drew and in what age?  
 
Ulises Farinas:
First comic? Hmmmm, maybe this Wolverine comic where he fights Sabretooth and Silverfox shows up. But I never grew up reading comics regularly and they didn't really influence my life too much. I mostly just read children's books and encyclopedias as a kid. The first character I drew was probably Super Mario, which has had a huge influence in my art style - way more than any comic probably.  

Comics in Greece:
Comicdom Con Athens 2015 is about in two weeks. How do you feel about this trip? Do you have any surprises for the Greek fans?

Ulises Farinas:
Hahah, I 'm nervous about my workshop, and I 've never traveled internationally before, I don't know what to expect! I'll probably yell at someone in my workshop. 



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