Five Questions (PLUS!) with Emilio Laiso about HACK/SLASH SON OF SAMHAIN #1


Check out the following exclusive interview with Emilio Laiso, artist on HACK/SLASH SON OF SAMHAIN! (editor’s note – some of the interview was slightly paraphrased to make it more understandable as English is not Emilio’s first language!  He did a great job though, and his enthusiasm broke through the language barrier!)

1. What other comics work have you done since your last issue of HACK/SLASH?

homecomingEmilio – After that I continued working with Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley making the fifth issue of Hoax Hunters. At the same time I started with Aspen making the miniseries Homecoming and other covers. Then, with Boom studios, I did the miniseries 3 GUNS (sequel of the series 2 GUNS, which was made into a movie) and after that I did a Robocop book for the new movie.  I also started doing covers for Zenescope which still continues now.

2. What is Stefano on doing with you on HACK/SLASH SON OF SAMHAIN?  How closely do you work with him?

Emilio – Stefano is the Art Director. Which means that all about the artistic part is checking by him. Working with Stefano means first of all dealing with a great professional person with a lot of experience and most of all a great story maker. Actually I feel free to make the layout and the ending pages whatever I like but still there is always a healthy collaboration between us.  I’m lucky cause I’ve known him for many years and working with him is always a great experience, which includes a reciprocal exchange of ideas and information, which is the soul of this job.

emilio3. Cassie Hack has grown up a bit since your last issue.  Are you enjoying the new, less overtly sexual Cassie?

Emilio – If I’m having fun?  I’m very happy.  I don’t mind drawing Cassie with the traditional look, but when they have asked me to make a grown up Cassie I have been enthusiastic about it. I think that Cassie has always been very sensual and sexually open,with the other thousand psychological aspects of this character. Cassie is a great character to make.

4. Have you experimented with drawing digitally, or are you happy to stick with drawing on paper?

Emilio – For now I’m happy to draw on the paper. I have tried the digital and i keep on doing it but as any other instrument, I think it has some advantages and some bad aspects too so for now I use it only for the beginning part of the job, for the final one (which can include some grays to make some atmosphere looks better) and most of all for the color covers. I still really enjoy using the ink but I’m still addicted to the paper. I think that having a page in your hand is an irreplaceable pleasure.

hack-slash-son-of-samhain1-page205.  Who handles your original art sales?

Emilio – About the originals you can go check this link:
Or contact me on my fb page.
Here you’ ll be able to find the updates about my jobs

6. How does a script from Michael & Steve differ from a script from Tim?

Emilio -  I can not make a real comparison cause i have worked only once with a Tim script and…hey Its fantastic..his way to write is definitely clear and passionate. He is able to involve you easily in the mood of the story. The issue that i have made with him it was my first job for the American market and as a debut i could not hope to cooperate with someone better then him. I hope there will be other chances to cooperate together again and also work with his script in the future.

As i said, I can not make a real comparison.

There is some kind of feeling with Michael and Steve. Their scripts are clear where it is necessary and they are also free where Its possible. Its absolutely fantastic to read with calm the descriptions scenes and then run to the actions scenes where they say -  Emilio, Here, you know what you have to do.  I think that they are doing a great job and I’m happy every time I send the pages and see with how much enthusiasm they respond with when get them.

hackslash19b-web727. Who is your favorite Hack/Slash character to draw?

Emilio – Maybe it’s obvious but Cassie is definitely my favorite character. My job is focus to express the way she feels and she is strong and weak at the same time so I have lot to work and definitely a lot of fun. Then there is Ocky that is a baby… Its a game for him and who doesn’t like to play?

Thanks to Emilio for the interview and come back in August for another Five Questions with…!

-Five Questions With (mostly) Tim Seeley Archive

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Audition Notice – HACK/SLASH by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy and Strangeloop Theatre

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HACK/SLASH is coming back to the stage, this time brought to you by Chemically Imbalanced Comedy and Strangeloop Theatre.  See the audition notice at this page and stay tuned for more news about their productions starting in September!

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy and Strangeloop Theatre are seeking actors for a joint Halloween production of “Hack/Slash”. Based on the comic book series by Tim Seeley, “Hack/Slash” is a comedic, action-filled take on the slasher movie genre. Cassie Hack is the “last girl standing” horror victim, who teams up with the giant Vlad to fight back against slashers and monsters.

Seeking women and men of all types to play all 11 roles in the show. FIGHT/COMBAT experience is a huge plus. We are also particularly looking for several TALL men (6’3″+).

Auditions will be held at CIC Theatre (1422 W Irving Park Rd) on Saturday, August 2 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sunday, August 3 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Time Commitment:
Rehearsals will begin the week of August 4. There will be 4-5 rehearsals each week during evenings and weekend days. A tech and preview process will take place the first week of September through Saturday, September 6 with additional rehearsals the following week.

The show opens on Friday, September 12 and will then run on Friday and Saturday nights through November 1 at 8:00pm. Expected running time is 60-75 minutes.

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Death is not the end…

It’s just the beginning—REVIVAL #23, an all-new story arc


See K Michael Russell color the image on Youtube!

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REVIVAL #22 Two Page Preview

In stores July 23rd from Image Comics!


JULY 23/ 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Dana gets dangerously close to the killer stalking black market organ thieves in NYC. Ibrahaim gets even closer to the terrible origins of the scarred hitman.

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SDCC Schedules, Art Auction and More!


Grayson #1 SDCC Variant

The Grayson #1 variant will be available at the Graphitte Designs booth (#2314)

Grayson #1 variant by Giuseppe Camuncoli ($10)

Written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Mikel Janin, a thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins as an agent of Spyral in this new, ongoing series!

Tim Seeley’s SDCC Schedule


5-7: Phat Collectibles  GRAYSON signing

1201 S Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92804


11:30-12:20 DCE BOOTH signing #1915
4:15p.m. – 5:15p.m. DC Comics – Not Your Daddy’s Heroes  DCE Panelist(s):  Moderator(s):  Talent: Amanda Conner, Tom King, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kenneth Rocafort, Tim Seeley  Prepare to redefine your definition of hero! The status quo of your favorite characters is jettisoned for a new beginning as GRAYSON, TEEN TITANS and HARLEY QUINN bring a fresh and gritty edge to DC Comics. Join the talent behind this group of new comics in a panel that is unlike any out there. Trust us, you don’t know how badly you want these books. Room: 6DE

1-3 DARK HORSE booth signing
4:30-5:30 SIGNING – DCE Booth #1915


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TFAW/CBLDF Art for Auction at SDCC

Mike Norton and Jenny Frison have donated the art shown above for the annual CBLDF Auction at SDCC.  See more information at the TFAW site or the CBLDF site.  Tim Seeley is listed as donating a “Bloodlines cover” but the art has not yet been revealed.

For the past five years, Things From Another World and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund teamed up with some fantastic comics professionals to help raise more than $100,000 for the CBLDF’s annual auction at San Diego Comic-Con.

This year, we’re adding a new twist: instead of the smaller pieces, our artists are donating 11″ x 17″ pieces, which we’re using to create art prints as thank-yous for our participants!

In addition, the original artwork featured on these prints will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s auction at SDCC. Be sure to come back here often to get a glimpse of some of the amazing work that will be available at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!


Princess Ugg #1 Battlepug Convention Variant

Battlepug rides into SDCC on this exclusive from Oni Press (booth #1833).

Princess Ugg #1 Battlepug Convention Variant


A new series from Courtney Crumrin’s Ted Naifeh! Within the fairy-tale kingdom of Atraesca lies the prestigious Princess Academy, where young royals from all the five kingdoms come to get their education. But they’ve never before seen the like of Princess Ülga of Grimmeria. Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens!

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