EXCLUSIVE! Giuseppe Cafaro talks ART and ASPEN COMICS

While attending this year’s Comic-Con International I was able to sit down with a gifted artist, Giuseppe Cafaro. He’s got a recognizable style that’s been dazzling fanboys and fangirls since he got involved with Aspen Comics.

UTF: So they just announced that you got picked to be the artist for Legend of the Shadow Clan. What can you tell us about the second volume?

Giuseppe Cafaro: I will be the penciller for Legend of the Shadow Clan and honestly, we don’t have much to tell, because we just started concepts and designs. I will start on that soon and I think it will be out in January 2015. It should be fun. I am a great fan of David Wohl’s work, so I am really excited.

UTF: Excellent. During Aspen‘s 10 for 10 you did a title called Trish Out of Water. What I liked about that book is that it took a familiar world and gave it a new perspective.

And quite a bit of the design work was breathtaking, but I was wondering how hard was it to re-approach Fathom in that way?

Giuseppe Cafaro: Trish Out of Water was a real challenge for me. I was excited to do it and I had a lot of fun. Vince [Hernandez] and his scripts brought a great story with strong characters. I tried to do my best with the concept, with the storytelling, with a balanced approach and I’m so happy that people liked it. I hope to do a volume two for Trish Out of Water, in the future.

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UTF: You’re definitely a gifted illustrator, and I was wondering, how long did it take to get to this level in your craft?

Giuseppe Cafaro: I think every artist drew since they were a child. I always try to do my best. I came in contact with Aspen Comics three years ago, and they found me – I was so happy because they’re one of my favorite publishers. I started to draw comics because I saw Michael Turner‘s art in Soulfire. And my first thing with Aspen was a cover for Soulfire, colored by Peter Steigerwald, so it was a dream. I am so happy about all of it.

UTF: All right, I have one last question.

We have lots of fanboys and fangirls that come to our site. They read the comics, they read the articles about them and think, “God, I want to do that! I want to be a penciller in the industry,” and I was wondering if you have any advice or words of wisdom that you want to share with them?

Giuseppe Cafaro: Yeah – My words are, you need a lot of practice and patience because it’s hard work. It takes lots of hours every day, like, fourteen, fifteen hours, drawing. If you have the patience, you can do it. You don’t need to be scared to show your art to people, to have critics, bad critics, good critics. That’s all part of the game.

So, be patient and keep strong.

Soulfire Century Edition Variant Widescreen

I want to take the time to thank Mr. Giuseppe Cafaro for chatting with me. It was a great pleasure to talk about his works and I can’t wait to see his take on Legend of the Shadow Clan.

So what did you think of the interview my fellow fanboys and fangirls?

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