Throwback on LuccaCG14’s Bad Boys

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J-Pop invited Boichi to Lucca Comics & Games 2014 (LuccaCG14) to meet his fans and celebrate the release of Wallman volume 1 in Italian. The following three-way meeting took place in Lucca, Italy, and was recorded by  for BadComics.it

LuccaCG14, Bad Boys: Boichi, Palumbo, Deodato Jr. and the dark side of comics

LuccaCG14 bad boysA very special meeting took place in the San Giovanni church at 12am on Friday, the 2nd day of LuccaCG14. It was a first for Lucca Comics & Games, said Davide Caci, the event’s host, as he was assisted by Panini’s editorial coordinator, Nicola Peruzzi, to bring together three authors with different stories, cultures and styles to talk about a specific aspect of their respective works. In this case, as you can guess from the title, their dark sides.

Representing the Italian and European comics, an eclectic and versatile artist, one of the greatest artist of Diabolik: Giuseppe Palumbo. For Overseas comics is the artist of Warren Ellis’ Thunderbolts and Brian Michael’s Dark Avengers, as well as for the latest marvel Mega-event (just introduced here in Lucca) Original Sin: the brazilian Mike Deodato Jr. Last but not least, coming from the large Manga and Manwha market of the East, the Korean Boichi (aka Mujik Park), author of J-Pop’s latest hit: Wallman.

Marvels-Original-Sin-1-300x225They each talked about their jobs with great sympathy and honesty:

Palumbo: In Diabolik, it’s forbidden to suggest jokes or comical situations in the writing or drawing process. Have you ever seen him laugh out loud? I’m always very careful to keep my characters in situation so they are not wrongly understood as being in a comical situation. Diabolik is hard work; it’s not as beautiful as it was when I started working on it (laughs).

Deobato: Bad Boys, the unsavory type, such as villains from superhero comics, always interested me more than the good guys. I’ve always been fascinated by the Creepy series, by master of horror Bennie Wrightson. I’m comfortable with representing shadows; violence is my way of facing my bad self, to transmit all of my darkness to the drawing. 

Boichi: I have a radically different background than those of my colleagues. I grew up reading and drawing Shojo. I’m a fetishist; I must be scientific in my performances, so I earned a degree in physics (laughs). At one point, I was asked to talk about gangsters, and it terrified me. I started watching movies on the subject that presented them as a metaphor of society. So I tried something similar to what I saw in Korea and the readers’ reactions were positive. It was a magazine for teens that wasn’t only intended for teens, but also for adults. I don’t want to talk about Bad Boys in the strict sense in my comics, but through them I want to talk about Bad States.

Il-Grande-Diabolik-30-Io-so-chi-non-sono-243x300And as for their influences?

Palumbo: As I said before Deobato, I grew up with the comics of Warren Publishing, the legendary series Creepy, and artists such as Wrightson. My beacon in the night, however, was Magnus. I think he is my constant inspiration as a writer of dark comedy. I had the opportunity to meet him, love him, and feel very in-tune with him. Then there’s Alberto Breccia, the Argentinean comic author for my understanding of light and shadow. I also owe a lot to Orson Welles for my light/dark balance.

Deodato: In Brazil, I’m lucky enough to have comics from all over the world. I buy and read everything; French, Korean, Argentinean, Italian, and so on. I loved Will Eisner and Jose Ortiz. I think they’re among those who influenced me the most. But I owe my light/dark balance to Neal Adams and Frank Frazetta for the movement. Frank Quitely, whom I discovered recently, showed me overwork, boredom, sadness; the dark sides of people. I learned a lot from his body language, which revealed the moods of the characters. It’s always nice to discover new influences which then turn into stimuli.

Boichi: I’ve read of everything in my childhood. My (spiritual) teacher is Mazakasu Katsura. He taught me how to draw women. I’ve never met him in Japan, where I live, but I’ll fix this in Italy, Lucca. I can’t wait. Video Girl Ai is the work of his that most impressed me. The Korean version was censored, so I saved my pocket money to buy the full Japanese series with a large shipping fee. From him, I learned to draw panties and womens’ asses (laughs).

Wallman-1-217x300And finally, what terrifies them?

Palumbo: My math teacher. I still dream of him to this day (laughs). I think every one of us in life, sooner or later, must face a very painful event, such as the loss of a loved one. Death and the helplessness felt in the face of it are what scare me the most.

Deodato: When I introduced myself to my wife (laughs). Just kidding. I think for me it’s death, perhaps. But I have greater fears now, thankfully.

Boichi: My greatest fear? Drawing womens’ asses! (laughs). But in all seriousness, I’m terrified of laziness. I draw 80/100 pages per month; if I became lazy it would be the end for me.

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