Anarchic Artwork For Babymetalís Apocrypha
Vince Brusio

Music is said to bring us together because it is a universal language. True. One does not need to know vocabulary or syntax to appreciate a good chorus…or the thrill of being passed over people’s heads as you’re hurled towards a stage from the mosh pit. Metal music, in particular, not only brings people together, but it has laid the foundation for many adventures in comics, and the latest example is Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal from Z2 Comics. As the book is hitting shops October 31, artist GMB Chomichuk hooked up with us to give us some insight into the context of his story that has its roots in the worldwide heavy metal /pop sensation, Babymetal.

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Vince Brusio: Why did you want to do this project? What attracted you to illustrate a book about Babymetal?

GMB Chomichuk: I love reading and studying mythology, and the chance to help add to one was too exciting to pass up. 

Vince Brusio: How much of what you draw is autonomous, or based on script directions given to you by "Prophet Of The Fox God"?

GMB Chomichuk: I was given a lot of autonomy to create and present images and concepts. Sometimes I missed the mark and sometimes we created a new direction to explore. It was a great experience in collaboration.  

Vince Brusio: What did you use as source material in developing your character illustrations and backgrounds?

GMB Chomichuk: I use lots of photo reference and collage, texture layers and composites. I reject the notion that there is a method to making art in general or to making comics in particular. Words and pictures are a medium, context creates the message. 

Vince Brusio: What was the most challenging part of your job in conceptualizing Apocrypha The Legend Of Babymetal SC?

GMB Chomichuk: Understanding that judgement and expectation loomed over every panel, then reminding myself that it's only a story and that I like making stories with words and pictures. I think that the challenge of any art is to not create it without expectation, but in spite of it.   

Vince Brusio: If people want to know more about what you've done on this book, is there a web site or social media account they can use to contact you?

GMB Chomichuk: People can find me on social media on Big Cartel for commissions and 'sketched-in' editions. I do lots of appearances at comics shows as well. Find me at my table and I'll happily answers a few questions and draw a quick sketch for you as a thank you. 

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Vince Brusio writes about comics, and writes comics. He is the long-serving Editor of PREVIEWSworld.com, the creator of PUSSYCATS, and encourages everyone to keep the faith...and keep reading comics.

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