Twisted Movies Vol.1: FERNANDO VERNIERE INTERVIEW

Fernando Verniere

Rich Schepis from “The Bronze Review” Interviews Fernando Verniere

Please explain your role at Twist Comics.

I´m the creator and almost the only writer of this independent webcomic project.

Describe Twist Comics in one word; and explain that word.

Freedom. Because I write whatever I want, no matter the genre, no matter how dark or silly

Please explain what Twist Comics is.

TWIST COMICS is a website where we offer you original comics that you can only find here in digital format.

I thought that the name “Twist Comics” was suited for what we were doing, because every week I expect our audience to be shocked for the plot twists of our stories. Also for the twist of the genre, tone, and drawing style of our digital comics.

Twist Comics has been publishing now for more than two years a free weekly webcomic every Thursday in at least three languages, with a large international following.
http://www.twistcomics.com/?weblanguage=english
Now, we want to launch this Verkamo crowdfunding campaign in order to publish some of our webcomics in a physical format in English and Spanish.

This first crowdfunding project is called “Twisted Movies Vol. 1”. You can find out about it here:
http://www.verkami.com/projects/15473

What inspired you to launch Twist Comics?

I´m a writer and director and I have directed many industrial commercials, also at the end of 2011, for the second time, a movie script written by me was optioned by a Spanish production company. After 2 years and a lot of work, finally the movie wasn´t green-lighted. And also the “outlook” of the audiovisual world in my country seemed very, very pessimistic.

I finished a zombies movie script and I didn’t even care to show it around producers because we were at the beginning of an economic crisis and I knew that my script would never be produced in Spain. I knew though that my movie scripts had themes that were comic material but I also knew it wasn’t the best idea to adapt them too quickly.

At the same time people like Cameron Stewart with “Sin Titulo” and Mark Waid in “Thrillbent” started doing their web comics. So, I decide to look for comic book illustrators because I wanted to do web comics I owned and have control over my stories and also to see them “finished”.

What is your goal for Twist Comics?

My goal is to be read by as many people around the world as possible. I don´t care if it´s in digital format or in print format.

That´s the reason why I have just launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in order to publish some of our webcomics in a physical format in English and Spanish. This first crowdfunding project is called “Twisted Movies Vol. 1”.
“Twisted Movies Vol. 1” is an anthology comic book created and scripted by me and illustrated by seventeen Spanish and South American rising artists.
“Twisted Movies Vol.1” spoofs and mixes in the most politically incorrect and debunking way some of the most popular movies.

How do you recruit writers and artists?

Looking through webpages like Deviant art and if I like their art I write to them, always explaining them what’s exactly what I loved about their art.

How has Twist Comics been received by fans?

So far pretty good! The Internet´s amazing tool to use!
I´m still amazed by being able to create something in Spain and be read by someone in the other part of the planet! I have to confess that at the beginning, I was afraid that we would get Internet trolls, but up to this day all the people who has written us have been very polite about their thoughts about our webcomics.

How often are there new books to read on the website.
Each week, every thursday we publish a new webcomic in three languages.
Have you written any titles for Twist Comics?
I have written all of them, except a few comics strips of “Chaos University”. But I am open to new writers and artists to come to Twist Comics. The only requirement is that I like their work. I don´t want a comic in Twist Comics that I wouldn´t read

Have you always been a comic book fan; if so, please explain.

Yes I had a comic book even before I could read. My father had a huge collection of Spanish comics books with many, many titles like “Mortadelo y Filemon”,“El Guerrero del Antifaz”, “Roberto Alcazar y Pedrín”. So I was addicted from the very beginning…

Right know my favorite American writer is Jason Aaron. He can do grim and gritty as perfectly as he writes silly and funny adventure stories. I also love Naoki Urusawa manga work. “Monster” and “Pluto” are masterpieces.
European work I love Marini pencils, and his adventure comics like “El Escorpión”

When did you know you wanted to work in the comic industry for a living?
I more and less anwered this question when you asked me what did inspire me to create Twist Comics.

What kind of obstacles do you face?

There are many, many good comic books and webcomics out there, and to be able to be found between so many good choices is the hardest thing to achieve.

What comic are you most proud of that you have published; please explain?

“El Creador de todos los males” ( The creator of all evil”) with art of Rocío Parra, for many many reasons, but I don´t want to talk about them I prefer you find out here:
http://www.twistcomics.com/comicinfo.php?name=semana77&weblanguage=english

What would be your advice for someone looking to start a career in comics
Read a lot, write even more and don´t quit your daily job

Why do you think this is the greatest time to be a fan?

I don´t really think so. It´s true there are movies and TV series that adapt the things we have always read (But we almost hate all of them because they are not faithful with the source material), but I liked better the Nineties because we had better music in the radio meanwhile we were reading our comics.

If you could do one thing that would be guaranteed to change the world right now, what would it be and why?

Destroy all faiths and religions, because from that moment people would be more responsible with their time on Earth because they wouldn´t have a second chance in any kind afterlife or rebirth.

Alien Invasion? (Which fictional alien species would you be okay with coming to Earth and taking over )

Vulcanians, saying other species would be highly illogical.

What is more frightening to you, being chased by 50 regular-sized ducks or 1 giant duck?
I would be really frightened if I wouldn’t have my Krull´s five-bladedthrowing star when either of those situations happened.

Who wins in a fight between caveman and an astronaut?
If the astranout have a copy of Twisted Movies Vol.1 in his hands without a doubt he will be the winner. (Caveman cannot read Twisted Movies)

NAME A GUILTY PLEASURE.
Maccaroni with a French fries but the French fries must be inside the macaroni, the tomato makes the fries soft and they are delicious . I´m not kidding with this!!

Star Trek or Star Wars
That´s an easy one. Star Wars rebooted by Spock. This could be possible when Spock traveled back in time in Star Trek , he was in San Francisco, with a holographic disguise he replaced George Lucas, creating a new time line where the midiclorinas never existed.

Avengers or Justice League?
Tough question… Because I always liked more the X-Men, but right now I have to say Avengers because I love how Jarvis cooks macarroni with French fries in the Avengers Tower.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Have a Dial H for hero.

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http://www.verkami.com/projects/15473

INTERVIEW TO NICOLE STORCK

nic storck

1 – How and when did you start reading comics?
As a horror/sci-fi junky from an early age, Clive Barker and V comics were my first foray into comics proper.
. 2 – When did you decide you wanted to be an illustrator ?
As soon as I could hold a pencil.
. 3 – Tell us a bit about your training process and what are your biggest influences ?
I was a self-taught illustrator and painter until I began animation studies in 2012. Previously I learned from imitation, experimentation and practice. Daniel Ouellette, Rembrandt, Dali, Jhonen Vasquez…
. 4 – What do you like most about your job as an illustrator / artist and least ?
Seeing my vision put to use telling stories, at the price of sporadic work and inconsistent pay.
. 5 – Why did you decide to join the project Twist webcomics comics?
I had done my own comics before in the late 1990’s, but couldn’t get them published for lack of funds, this was my chance to collaborate and get published.
. 6 – Could you explain a little your decisions when designing theprotagonist of the story ?
The protagonist for this story should have a gaunt, not unhandsome face and the disheveled look of a man lost at sea.
7.- Could you tell how muc you spent on average per page and what was your process when drawing them and how was your communication with the writer ?
Each page was about a week – 10 days (start to finish). Pages would have started as loose thumbnails, working out poses, shots and leading into more defined character designs and backgrounds. After collaborating with the author these drawings are scanned in and painted/textured in photoshop. The nuances of story flow, text placement and overall page layout are done with the author. This was the first comic I didn’t write myself, so there was a learning curve in trying to portray someone else’s vision.
. 8 – What is the page that you are most happy with the comic? Explain what and if there are SPOILERS notified .
I’d have to say it’s a tie between pages 3 & 4, I was trying out some new painting/lighting techniques and I was suprised when it turned out the way it did.
9 – . Which are your next projects or you’re working on right now ?
A story about the Raft of the Medusa. I’m also doing a short animated film on a runaway mental patient.
10 – . What is the work / illustration you’re most proud of?
My oil painting satire of the Vagina Dentata
11.- Returning to the subject of tastes and interests . What series of comics follow regularly ?
The Walking Dead, Anything by Charles Burns and Garth Ennis.
12.- If you knew that tomorrow starts the apocalypse is what would you do today?
Load up on psychedelics and go out like Huxley; consciously and beautifully.

13 – . What do you wish you were told when you received at the gates of heaven or hell ?

Nothing, I’ll be dead and unable to appreciate irony.

14 – . What is the best advice you can give?
I turn to William S. Burroughs: ‘Nothing is true, everything is permitted.’

15 – . If you could eliminate one thing in the world what would it be ?
apathy
16 – . Which expect good things to happen the coming months?
I’ll be able to finish my film, and high hopes for the TV adaptation of ‘Preacher’ comics.

WEEK 13: INTERVIEW TO AZAHARA QUESADA

AZAHARA QUESADA

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1.- How and when did you start reading comics?

I always had comics at home and before knowing how to read I used to look at the drawings and imagine the dialogues.

 

2.- When did you decide that you wanted to be an ilustrator?

When I was 17 years old I decided that I wanted to study Fine Arts, before that I always liked drawing but I didn’t believe that I could earn money being an artist. I’m still not really sure about it…

 

3.- Tell us a bit about your studies and your biggest influences.

My training is drawings constantly, reading too many comics and I suppose that the life drawing classes helped a bit. I studied Fine Arts and then Traditional and Computer Animation. About the influences, everything that inspires me to make a drawing and they are too many. Sean Gordon Murphy, Jamie Hewlett, Mike Mignola, The Sims 3 (yes, this is real).

 

4.- What do you most like about being and artist and what do you least like?

The thing I like the most is creating my own characters. The least, the artist´block moments, when it seems that you had forgotten how to use a pencil and you can’t draw the most simple things even if you have them really clear in your head.

 

5.- Why did you decide to join Twist Comics´ Webcomic Project?

I liked the idea about collaborating with a script writer and it was an opportunity of showing my art. Besides I thought it was going to help me practicing with the comics.

 

6.- What attacted you about the story that you have worked in?

People die.

 

7.- Could you explain something about your decisions when designing the main character of your story?

I tried to draw the character how I imagined the first time I read the script, three days beard, a bit taciturn and with eye circles, with an air of melancholy… He is someone that is having a bad time, but for some reason he seemed funny to me so I tried to show that. About the stripes sweater, there’s not a special reason for that, it’s just that that day I was watching a Freddy Krueger move and I said to myself: stripes.

 

8.- What about the comets?

I followed the instructions given by Fernando and I tried to make them playful and sinister at the same time, really agiles and with a cheeky touch. Fernando had the idea of putting eyes to them and then when I was coloring them I made them dark, I wouldn’t know how to say why, simply I followed an instinct and then I liked the result.

 

9.- How long did it take you to make a page, what was your process to make them and how was the communication with the script writer?

The time used is impossible to count, since the project came in a stage when I was really busy and I had to put it in a second layer, which made this process really slow. By the other hand the communication was and it still is really fluent.

 

10.- Which is the panel that you are most happy with?

SPOILERS:

I like the panel where the baby goes flying because of an explosion caused by the comets, not because of the results but because it was really fun drawing it.

 

10b.- Since the story that you drew is about the famous end of the world from a literal and personal point of view, do you think that there is too many people that regret their decisions too late when they have no remedy?

Everyone has regretted something when it’s too late at some point of their lives, but I think that the decisions you made in the past were the ones that you wanted to take in that moment, so there’s no point in regretting now because if you were your ‘you from the past’ you would make the same decision again.

 

11.- What are your next projects, what are you working in at the moment?

A long script with Fernando and a webcomic made by myself that I hope I will put online soon.

 

12.- Which is the illustration that you feel more proud of?

Although it doesn’t look good saying it, no one, because I’m the kind of person that hates every drawing he does after making them. It’s a bad habit but I can’t control completely my mind yet, I still have planned that travel to the Tibet to open my chakras.

 

13.- At school, who do you most learn from, teachers or students?

Students!

 

14.- Going back to the hobbys topic, which comic series are you regularly following?

I don’t have too many regularity to follow comic series and less to buy them, I rather the graphic novel format and the second hand ones, so I buy what I found in the shops that I think it’s cheap. Still at the moment I could say I’m following The Wake and the new 52 Batman.

 

15.- If you knew that tomorrow the Apocalypsis will start, what would you do today?

I’d laugh evilly and then I’d start a Star Wars trilogy. After all of that I would come back home with my family.

 

16.- What would you like that they say to you when you’d be received in the gates of heaven or hell?

We have been invaded by aliens.

 

17.- What´s the best advice you can tell?

With great power comes great responsibility.

 

18.- If you could erase one thing in the planet, which one would it be?

The planet itself.

 

19.- What good things are you waiting to happen in the next months?

I hope that Cthulhu will finally rise from the depths thanks to my summons.

 

 

ROCÍO PARRA ASKS FERNANDO VERNIERE

I now answer you and our readership

1- Why did you choose me as artist for Twist Comics?

María Aurora Rodríguez (freaks V.0´s artist) recommended you and showed me your blog. I saw a lot of potential in your illustrations for showing facial expresions. Also, watching your short-film “The blind saw it all” I knew that you were perfect for drawing the comic “I´ll look for a job tomorrow”. Another thing that I was struck by was your “special” use of colour, I think you have a unique and interesting style.

In addition, we had a really fluid and possitive communication from the start, and I think the final result also shows it. As Buzz Lightyear said: “To infinity and beyond”.

 

2. The characters of the “I´ll look for a job tomorrow” story are based on real experiences. Tell us where you got the inspiration for this story.

I usually go to coffe-shops and public spaces for writing, trying to be inspired by the real world. So months ago, I was in Lesseps Square in Barcelona because it was a really sunny day, and I was just taking some notes and organizing several Twist Comics´ logistic issues in my Black Notebook while I was sunbathed. I was seated in one side of the square when some kids seated beside me and started talking in a very loud way, shouting all kind of nonsense and atrocities. Obviously, I quit what I was doing and started taking notes about what they were saying.

Therefore, for writing this story, I just had to edit my notes, change the order of what was said, to create a story with a beginning and an ending. So 90% of this story is completely true… I´ll leave you and our readers to wonder which parts I came up…

WEEK 11: INTERVIEW WITH ROCÍO PARRA

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

1.- How and when did you start reading comics?

Well, since I was very, very little, I started reading, thanks to my father, what in that time was called “tebeos”. You know, “Zipi y Zape”, “Mortadelo y Filemón”… when I grew up a bit more I felt interested by Manga, something I still like. However, little by little I’ve been adding a lot of kinds of comics, styles, etc.

 

2.- When did you decide to become an illustrator?

I’ve been drawing all my life. I can’t remember not to draw. Since I was very little I said I wanted to be a “draftswoman”. I even didn’t know very well what that meant as a profession, but I liked the idea to work in something I enjoyed! Later I found out that Disney movies and cartoons were moving drawings. It was such a revelation to know that the responsible of Ariel or Pocahontas movement was an artist! In that moment I decided I wanted to be the one who would draw all that.

 

3.- Tell us a bit about your training process and what are your main influences.

As I said, I started to draw when I was a child. When I felt interested by Manga, back when I was 14, I changed from drawing Disney girls to draw Manga girls. And I made my first crap-comic, with my cousin. We drew, by turns, a frame each. The story was pulpy but we had such a good time, mixing all the series we liked and adding romantic stuff between the characters! And I learnt a lot with that, the fact that I had to draw a single character in a lot of different poses, situations and expressions… it made me want to keep learning. Time passed, I kept drawing, changing a bit from Manga to something more European, or I should say, a mix of everything. And it was time to choose a University career. I didn’t doubt it; I wanted to do Fine Arts. That was my jump into the artistic world. Even though during University I didn’t draw too much, because it was more focused on conceptual creation, I learnt, above all, to generate ideas and to do big projects. And when I finished, I still had my dream of becoming and animation artist, so I made my suitcases and I went to Dublin, Ireland, to study 2D and 3D animation. So here I am! Now I’m in a point of doing everything: illustration, comic, animation… I don’t stop being a “draftswoman”.

 

4.- What do you like more and least of being an illustrator?

What I like more is that little by little I’ve been reaching what I always wanted to be. What I like least is that it costs an excessive effort to make your place in this world. It’s a too competitive and aggressive world. You have to be strong at the critiques, learn from them and try to improve, and also you have to know how to compete in a “healthy” way with friends and partners. It’s not easy for everybody.

 

5.- Why did you decide to join the webcomics project of Twist comics?

I thought it as a Golden opportunity to show myself and keep learning.

 

6.- What attracted you most from the story you have drawn?

Characters. They are the kind of guys you would find, as they are in the comic, sitting on a bank in the park passing the hangover. I’ve seen people like that very often, and truth is that inspiring on reality wasn’t difficult at all!

 

7.- Could you explain a bit about your decisions when you designed the main characters of your story?

Andy: This character is a letch, a bit short-minded and, as I use to say, he has “mobileitis”, which means he can’t stop using the mobile! So, even though he’s not an ugly guy, he has such lascivious eyes that he doesn’t seem attractive at all. Then, the outfit had to indicate he hasn’t a great fashion sense and he’s not very smart, but in his way, he tries look good.

Lucas: He’s a dealer from a suburb. So he has money, but no class. He buys expensive brand things, and he’s very sure of himself. So his eyes are a bit arrogant and confident at the same time. And for the outfit, on one hand I took as reference Collin Farrel in Miami Vice, but on the other hand I took reference from other dealers in real life.
Flashy guy: To be honest this is the character that took less to design. I had it clearer. A guy who doesn’t frequent good ambient, he likes to show off about his hair and his leather jacket, and getting tan.

 

8.-Which one was your favourite to draw and why?  

Andy, because of those funny expressions he makes when he looks at the girls!!

 

9.- How long has it taken in average per page and what has been your drawing process and your communication with the script writer?

Average time per page, I calculate two or three weeks. My process has been this: when I already had the characters approved, I started sketching the drafts of each page. Communication with the script writer has been really good, we decided what to add or quit, and when everything was sure, I started to draw it clean. First, in Illustrator, I made frames and bubbles. Then, in Photoshop I drew, frame by frame, first the lines and then the color. And finally I went again to Illustrator to put everything together with the texts.

 

10.- What frame do you feel more proud of? Explain which one and if there are any SPOILERS, we’ll warn.

Frame 1 in page 3, the party. To be honest, I really liked to change the layout, and also investigate how to do that atmosphere of color lights, crowd dancing and so on… It took me a while but I liked the results.

 

10b.- Your story is about the unemployment and the depression. What’s your opinion about the current situation?

It’s a very hard situation for everyone. In particular, for me, that I’m young, I see a limbo which is hard to escape from, because you’re not a student anymore and you can’t do agreements with the University to do an internship or a grant, but you don’t have enough experience to get a job. It’s a loop nightmare. So the only option is working by your own, not to stop doing things and moving a lot.

 

11.- What are your next projects or what are you working on right now?

I have the intention of keeping working for Twist Comics, we are now beginning the designs for a new comic. And besides that, I’ve worked with another script writer on the dossier of an animation series for children and we are trying to sell. I’m also working on the storyboards of a horror film project. Besides that, I work on my own portfolio, I make personalized orders (illustrations or portraits in different styles), I make “geek” crafts and I sell them, I’m studying a course about videogames… you know, I don’t stop!!

 

12.- What’s the illustration you are most proud of?

I think the last one I made (I guess it’s normal because it’s where you can see all my knowledge so far). It’s the design of the main character in the next comic, Juno. I made a character design/illustration because I wanted to work the style we are using in this comic. And I really liked the results!
http://rocioparra.wordpress.com/#jp-carousel-508

 

13.- Coming back to likes and hobbies. What comic series you follow regularly?

Lately I’ve been too busy and I haven’t read too much comic, but as I mentioned before I’m still a Manga fan, and I read it from time to time. I’ve also read lately the comics based on the videogame Metal Gear, by Ashely Wood. I love his style. And before that, “Sin City”. But I have to admit, I follow more animation than comic.

 

14.- If you knew that tomorrow the apocalypses begins, what would you do today?

It depends on what kind of apocalypses we are talking about… if it’s about a zombie apocalypses, join all the possible weapons, read the manual “how to survive a zombie apocalypses” and… survive! Hahaha, no joking, I think it would be impossible to be quiet, although I think I would try to enjoy the last day of “normality” with my people.

 

15.- What would you like to be told when you get heaven or hell’s doors?

What are you doing here?? Go back again!!!

 

16.- What’s the best advice you can give?

My advice for everyone who wants to work in this is: As the situation nowadays is like this, the only thing you can do is not to lose the will, being positive and think someday things are going to improve and we’ll have more opportunities. And don’t stop working, ever; look for things to do… worst thing ever is to be passive all the time. And try to overcome yourself, constructive critiques are always good!

 

17.- If you could eliminate just one thing in the planet, what would it be?

I know it sounds topic, but… I would erase more than a politic if I could…

 

18.- What good things do you expect within the next few months?

I hope the projects I’m working on will be successful!