Creator’s Corner with Craig Rousseau, Artist of KILLING RED SONJA from Dynamite Entertainment
Creator’s Corner with Craig Rousseau
We’re back once again with another creator’s corner where we ask a comic book creator some questions in between their deadlines, and ours. This time it’s an artist I know fairly well since I’ve had the honor of meeting him a few years ago at not my local comic shop (Sorry, Randy), but a fairly local one in Bellingham, MA (Rubber Chicken Comics) during a big event at most shops, #FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) 2013, Craig Rousseau. I believe Craig Rousseau and Jack Purcell were special guests during the event, signing and doing quick sketches. I was able to have Craig sketch me a Joker. I loved it (and still do). So I was excited to see his name pop up on a press release from Dynamite Entertainment on this new companion mini-series called Killing Red Sonja! We haven’t interviewed anyone on a DE project for a while, so even though I kind of knew him I asked Vincent over at the DE offices if we could set something up and talk a little bit about the series and see what’s going on with Craig.
This new story is based around the pre-existing lore of Queen Sonja. Before she could become the queen she had to usurp the current ruler. That’s where things get a little tricky. on one hand, we have an evil sorcerer and on the other, we have Red Sonja slayer of evil and pretty much anyone that takes up arms against her. So the aforementioned now-defunct sorcerer had a son who is hell-bent on revenge and that’s where the first issue will take place. but for now, let’s check-in with Craig and see what’s going on in his artistic world. I hope you enjoy our little conversation and that the questions asked you to find at least somewhat interesting.
OG) Tell me how this project came about, we’re you doing any work for Dynamite Entertainment previously? I know you’ve worked for many publishers over the years.
CR) To be honest, I knew my old editor from my days at Marvel, Nate Cosby, was putting out some fun books over at Dynamite and asked him to keep me in mind if anything came up.
OG) Had you worked with this writer and colorist before?
CR) I came into this book not working with any of the creative team before, but I’ve been a big fan of Mark Russell’s work for years (Prez, The Flintstones, Snagglepuss, Wonder Twins), so I jumped at the chance… and this was a great chance to see a new colorist play with my line art.
OG) I’ve seen sample pages and Vincent sent me a couple of your finished pages and inked pages, they look great. What do you think of the final product?
CR) I think it’s fun… weird, wild fun. Red Sonja wouldn’t be my first choice for a book to draw since that’s not my wheelhouse… but grizzled fighters, weird monsters, a 12-year-old boy and his talking boar… THAT’S my speed.
OG) Have you finished all your pages or do you still have a ways to go for project completion?
CR) Oh, I’ve still got a ways to go!
OG) I know even a mini-series is never a small task. Are doing only interior art or will we see a variant cover from you on this series?
CR) Right now I’m only doing interiors, but who knows!
OG) Is there something in the Dynamite stable that you’d like to be considered for once this Red Sonja series has wrapped?
CR) Man, that’s a good question! But I’ve got enough on my plate I can’t even think past my current “to do” list.
OG) Understandable, here’s an off-topic easier question. What were your favorite movies & TV series last year?
CR) Man, it seems so long ago, but I loved AVENGERS: ENDGAME, and as far as TV, is it sad to say THIS OLD HOUSE is my go-to must-see TV For more nerd cred, I did think WATCHMEN was pretty brilliant.
OG) I just finished Watchmen myself, I thought it was amazing. Is there anything comic wise that you’re currently reading?
CR) I really enjoyed the Jason Aaron run on THOR and Donny Cates set up an interesting story in his new #1. Enjoyed the X relaunch, and my pal Matt Smith is killing it on FOLKLORDS with Matt Kindt.
OG) I agree Jason Aaron pulled me back into collecting Thor, his run was epic. The X relaunch was epic as well. Matt Kindt has done amazing work when he was with Valiant I still need to read FolkLords though.
OG) Any plans for convention appearance’s yet in 2020?
PCR) Right now, I’ve got a South Coast, a small show in Swansea, Ma. (pretty much walking distance for me) in February. Planning on returning to Heroescon and Baltimore. After that? Nothing concrete.
OG) I know South Coast, just didn’t know Altered Reality Entertainment ran that show too. Maybe I’ll see you there just put in for my press passes for all 3 of their local shows. (South Coast Toy & Comic Show, Terror Con, and RICC Rhode Island Comic Con)
OG) Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. Good Luck with the rest of the Red Sonja Project and will look forward to seeing you at the South Coast Show.
You can order Killing Red Sonja from Craig Rousseau at your local comic shop!
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