Outright Geekery Interview with Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan – The Creative Team of Glitterbomb
The first volume of Glitterbomb, from Image Comics, will be arriving in shops this Wednesday. Recently, Outright Geekery had the opportunity to chat with writer Jim Zub and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan, the creative behind the horror comic series.
Outright Geekery: Welcome back to Outright Geekery, Jim! And a big hello to you, Djibril! For our readers that might not be familiar with your work, give us a little background about yourselves.
ZUB: I’m an animation artist and art teacher who is now best known for writing comics. Over the past ten years or so I’ve written for pretty much every major comic publisher in North America, including Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW, and Dynamite. My latest creator-owned comic from Image is called Glitterbomb, co-created with the incredible Djibril Morissette-Phan.
DJIBRIL: I also have a background in animation. I finished animation school in 2014 here in Montreal and I’ve been working in comics ever since. Glitterbomb was my first high profile project, and since then, I’ve had the chance to work on many other books, including The Ultimates and All-New Wolverine for Marvel.
OG: For those who haven’t read it, Glitterbomb is a great horror comic. Tell folks what they’re missing out on and why they should pick up Glitterbomb Vol. 1: Red Carpet.
ZUB: Glitterbomb is a horror-tragedy about fame and failure set in Hollywood. The main character is Farrah Durante, a single mother actress struggling against biases that keep middle-aged women from standing out in the youth-obsessed movie and TV industry.He frustrations and turmoil take on new meaning when a supernatural creature gets involved and helps her enact revenge.
OG: Glitterbomb is a dark book and serves as a critique of the celebrity culture of Hollywood. What were some inspirations that went into this series come from?
ZUB: The original inspiration was an analysis of my own fears about failure and realization that as much as most fiction tells stories about people who are exceptional, the vast majority of us will never hit those highs. Even though people aspire to something more, failure is the norm. When your dreams can’t be achieved, what do you do next?
OG: How did you both meet? How did this collaboration between the two of you start?
ZUB: I was introduced to Djibril through a mutual friend, artist Marguerite Sauvage. I was at Montreal Comicon in 2015 and she showed me Djibril’s work. I was stunned at how confident and nuanced his storytelling was at such a young age and I lept at the chance to work with him.
OG: (Djibril) There are some great panels of sequential art in Glitterbomb. Share with us some of the influences behind your art style?
DJIBRIL: Thanks! Well working from Jim’s script made it very easy since he’s great at establishing feelings and emotions so the visual aspect of it really came to me instinctively. That being said, my style is definitely influenced by many artists working today, like Sean Murphy or Rafael Albuquerque just to name a few. I do try to find inspiration outside of comics though to make sure I don’t find myself limited only to what comics have to offer since diversity is key in the learning process.
OG: (Djibril) You’ve only been working professionally in comics for 3 years. What advice do you have for aspiring comic artists?
DJIBRIL: I’d say, value your skill over your art itself. That makes it easier to be critical of your own work and will help you progress faster. Oh and draw A LOT.
OG: (Jim) Stepping away from Glitterbomb for a moment, within Outright Geekery your work on D&D books has been a topic of discussion recently. There are some that believe you get “it”, how to make D&D work in comic form. Which begs the question… do you play? And if so, what is session of D&D with Jim Zub like?
ZUB: I’ve been an avid Dungeons & Dragons player since I was 8 years old, so I’m definitely well steeped in D&D lore and the kind of things that D&D does differently from other fictional fantasy. Since high school I’ve almost always been the DM at the gaming table, crafting NPCs and scenarios to keep my friends entertained. Without D&D I wouldn’t even be a writer today. It ignited my imagination and a desire to tell stories.
My gaming sessions tend to be a bit like the D&D comics I write; Bouncy, energetic, and filled with banter and action. I play a bit loose on some of the technicalities if it serves to make for a better dramatic story, but I have a deep love for the lore and characters.
OG: The ending to Volume 1 was a bit of a cliffhanger. What can readers expect from Glitterbomb when it returns?
ZUB: The second mini-series, arriving this Fall, will be focused on Kaydon, Farrah’s babysitter. The tragedy of the first book has pulled her into the public sphere and the fame that comes with it is what she’s been looking for, but it’s far more brutal than she ever imagined.
OG: What does the future hold for Jim Zub and Djibril Morissette-Phan? Any upcoming projects that you want to tease us with?
ZUB: I’ve got a full slate right now, but I’m having a blast. In addition to GLITTERBOMB, I’m writing WAYWARD at Image, THUNDERBOLTS for Marvel, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FROST GIANT’S FURY for IDW, and have other projects in development to be announced later this year. If people want to keep up with my work they can check out www.jimzub.com.
DJIBRIL: My schedule is currently saturated as well. I’m currently in school studying philosophy and I’m working on a Marvel book as well as a personal graphic novel project, none of which have been announced yet. That’s in addition to GLITTERBOMB, which I’m going to start working on this summer. If people want to keep up to date with my work, they can follow me on twitter @DjibrilMP or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/djibmp/.