Javier Garcia-Miranda is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. He started out with Zenescope working on Robyn Hood Vs. Red Riding Hood and the Wonderland on-going before moving over to Dynamite to tackle the new Purgatori series. Let’s turn the spotlight on and get to know him a little better.
JAVIER GARCÍA-MIRANDA: I cannot remember exactly when, I have been drawing ever since I can remember. When I was little, I already liked comic strips and Spanish comic books, and I was charmed about the idea of telling stories with images. Then I discovered pencils. I guess one thing took to another.
JGM: There are lots of them and I add more to the list each year. Just to name a few: Greg Capullo, Ryan Ottley, Adam Hughes, Sean Murphy, Terry Dodson… it goes on and on… Oh, and I’m growing fonder and fonder of Fiona Staple’s work.
JGM: All my process is digital, from thumbnails to the final inking. I plan the page while reading the script, make myself a visual idea of what the page is about, what do I have to tell and what’s the more efficient way of doing so (including lights and shadows). When I’m happy about the storytelling, I then resize the thumbnail so it fits the final page and start pencilling. I sometimes make some last minute changes here. Then the inking is pretty straight forward. I cannot tell you exactly how long does it take me. It takes as needed.
JGM: I did some fill-ins for Zenescope’s Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood, Wonderland and Werewolves: The Hunger. Then I drew the first issue of GFTP: No Tomorrow, and then the folks at Zenescope put me to draw GFTP: Wonderland ongoing series. I’ve also made illustrations for tabletop roleplaying games such as Monster Hunter International RPG (from Hero Games) and the Spanish project www.extremeheroquest.com.
JGM: I signed a contract with Dynamite and I’m taking care of the new Purgatori series, which is written by Aaron Gillespie and which is going to be a blast. I loved the character back in the days and for me it is a great deal to be able to work in this project.
JGM: There are two projects I have in mind and which I want to make a reality one day. One of them is to make a proper book from a webcomic I did (including the script) some years ago just for fun and another one is a story about a roleplaying game I created. I played a campaign with some friends and it turned out pretty cool. I’m writing the script of that in my spare time but I don’t know when I’m going to be able to enter into the production phase.
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