While attending this year’s COMIKAZE Expo, I got to meet a child-hood idol. You may have hear of him, Keu Cha!
Known for his intricately detailed designs, he’s drawn for such independent books as WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS and THE MAGDALENA.
If you’re ready to see what he had to say than scroll on!
UTF: First off, I just want to mention something. You were actually my first store-bought comic book. I bought Witchblade #46, and I have to say it instantly hit a chord with me. And, ever since then I’ve compared other artists to your work. I have to say that when you came back to the industry and did that Magdalena arc, I was thrilled.
But today we’re talking Hex the Lost Tribe, your new creator-owned property. Where did you get the idea for that?
Keu Cha: Well, first of all, thanks, Harrison, for the kind words. The idea comes from my love of wanting to draw something fantasy-based, similar to work done by Frank Frazetta. I remember, the same as you, a classic comic book when I was young. And that happened to be Conan.
I fell in love with comic books. So, I wanted to really start from that creative concept based around Conan, Lord of the Rings, kind of fantasy based, raw and visceral and kind of fun to look at.
UTF: Well, that’s great. And, I’m looking at the art, the comic has definitely a unique style. Correct me if I’m wrong, is it entirely landscape images?
Keu Cha: Yeah, I really saw it as a single-page layout. So, I’m drawing everything double-page spread and to really pull panels wider and really immerse, hopefully the viewer, in the concept , the world and the story.
UTF: Can you tell our readers a little bit about Hex. It’s clearly a barbarian/mystical, adventure story, but can you give us some more details about it?
Keu Cha: Well, it’s really kind of hard for me to start off. It’s kind of deep. I don’t want to give away too much, but the basic idea is the main character, Lana, she can see an undead army coming and she’s trying to warn the castle. And then, she doesn’t want to sound too crazy but then when they’re about to come, she is forced to kind of break her mold and take the sword even though she’s never been trained to really defend her land. So, the whole concept is that there’s this is tie between her and the Lost Tribe. And, so that’s how the story starts off. That’s all I can tell you right now, or else I’ll have to strangle you!
UTF: Got you, got you. No strangulation required [laughs].
But I got to say, once again, your art’s very unique. You just have a very uncanny eye when it comes to creating demonic monsters because I remember specifically, again, going back in the day Witchblade #45, there was a splash page that you made. It was an image of Hell. I was about 13 or 14, when I finally got hold of that one, and it was awesome.
One last thing, if you could say anything to your fans about your future projects, Hex included, what would it be?
Keu Cha: Well, come and visit my website, www.HexTheLostTribe.com and follow us on Facebook. And, again, I appreciate anybody that visits, or comes say “hi”, or “likes” our page. I’m just thrilled and happy. I thank you each and every one for supporting Hex.
I want to take the time to give my gratitude to Mr. Keu Cha for chatting with me, it was one of favorite moments during the expo and I can’t wait to see what he delivers next.
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