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?
Emilio – 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.
3. 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.
5. 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.
7. 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…!
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