August 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm #5329
Today we’re joined by Chaz Wood from Fenriswulf Comix. Chaz is from Dundee, the home of DC Thomson publishing, and the workplace of artist Dudley D Watkins, who gave us the legendary Oor Wullie and The Broons, as well as The Beano and The Dandy.
Chaz has published several comics, including: Spilled Blood, featuring The Uzbek; Malaria 9; and The Black Flag.
If you have any questions or comments for Chaz, fire away!Riccardo DesiniParticipant@onesheeparmy
My AchievementsAugust 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm #5333
I’m gonna drop the first question and leave it here: what/who are your influences?August 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm #5334
Is anybody here…?
OK, here goes. Hi Riccardo! Sorry I missed your sessions last week – I thought it was Sunday 🙁
Anyway, influences. Writing: pretty much anything. Films, music, news stories, mythology, cosmic themes and cycles, folklore, classical art. Art: basically any artist whose style appeals to me! A few names: Bryan Talbot, John Ridgway, James O’barr, Hergé, Boris…I could go on.ComixCentralKeymaster@comixcentral
My AchievementsAugust 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm #5335
Hi everyone! Excited to pick Chaz’s brain!August 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm #5336
Hi Chaz, Riccardo! Alright lads?August 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm #5338
Evening, all. Well here we are…let’s do this 🙂August 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm #5339
Chaz! What’s the Russian connection with you? Or are you just a fan of the former USSR in general?August 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm #5340
Russian connection? It came about in that story quite arbitrarily. The whole ‘Spilled Blood’ thing grew out of a single random drawing of a woman with a gun. I wanted to know her story, who she was pointing it at, and why. I figured she looked a bit Russian, and the story just grew arms and legs from there. I like developing ideas and stories where I get to learn something – do research – and expand my understanding as I go on. Hell, I can now read Cyrillic, albeit rather slowly…but yeah obviously as a kid growing up at the end of the Cold War, Russia was this big mystery. I guess it was a cool thing to peel off the layers of that and get down to the reality of the place, culture and people.August 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm #5341
Cool! You’ve done a good job with your research. I thought you might have had a Russian granny or something. Very authentic! And The Uzbek is a great character.August 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm #5342
I couldn’t resist the Oor Wullie/The Broons intro jargon!August 5, 2017 at 3:11 pm #5343
Thanks Dok. I’m glad it comes across that way. No, I just try to absorb as many nuances and things as I can to lend an authentic flavour. I don’t think some of my early translations are 100% spot on – but this series really is a work in progress…ComixCentralKeymaster@comixcentral
My AchievementsAugust 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm #5344
Hi Chaz! So how long have you been making comics? And what your goals in comics in general?August 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm #5345
I did a couple of pages of Spec Ops Hobo in Spanish with no translation for the hell of it. It’s explained later on in the series….August 5, 2017 at 3:13 pm #5346
And glad you liked the Uzbek. He reflects my attitude against the Western comix stereotyped hero figure. I wanted somebody from somewhere obscure, somebody ethnic, and who looked the part, too. (And spot on with the Broons/Wullie bits!) 🙂magicianshouseParticipant@magicianshouse
My AchievementsAugust 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm #5347
Does the art come easy? Do you consider yourself more of a storyteller or an artist?August 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm #5349
How long? Well I used to draw a stick-man thing called the Mystery Comic when I was a young kid at school, aged 9, 10 – a 3-4 page thing with various spooky and funny stories. My dad would photocopy them and I’d pass them out to friends. They were very popular, and represent my greatest success to date with comix…
In terms of serious comix work, that started in 2000 when I began my first graphic novel. ‘The Black Flag’. That took 5 years to finish and I was basically blagging the whole creation process as I went along.
Goals? To get a bit more recognition. Some sales too would be nice 🙂 But basically to become a better and more professional creator, artist, writer.August 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm #5350
Art only comes easy insofar as it’s what I spend so much time doing. Some things I still find difficult, like architecture and technology. Humans and animals I love, so they kind of come naturally to me. In terms of visualising, usually the story/concepts come before the art. Or a drawing will kick off a whole idea, which will develop into scenes and a wider, more detailed background, which will then inspire more art. I have a very cinematic mind but it’s not always easy to get the widescreen epic vision in my head on to paper.
As far as creating comix goes, I’d say it’s 75/25 in favour of the writing when developing things. I write down dialogues, whole scenes between characters. I make very few storyboards or roughs, really.
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