Back in May we told you first about the upcoming series of graphic novels based on the popular horror film “Se7en.” The series hits stands this September and features a wide variety of creators bringing to the printed page the back story of John Doe, the psycopathic killer played brilliant by Kevin Spacey in the film. Today, publisher Zenescope Entertainment has provided CBR News with a first look at interiors from the first book, “Gluttony,” and we catch up with interior artist Tommy Castillo for a quick chat about his work on the book
Hi, Tommy. So, who brought you on board as the artist for “Gluttony,” the first issue in the seven part series, and did you encounter any challenges depicting the sin?
The first person to bring the project to my attention was Raven Gregory. He told me he was writing the “Gluttony” story. We went off for an hour or so just talking about the movie. As for any challenges, the one thing I wanted was for the art to reflect the mood of the film, so I took some time finding the right look. In the end, I am very happy with the look and feel of the art.
Each issue of “Se7en” features a different creative team. When you were told you were going to be doing the art for “Gluttony,” what ran through your head?
I’m going to lose a lot of weight drawing this book. You draw a huge guy like that and all you do is look at what your eating and find yourself putting it down and reaching for a nice salad. I think I might go for a walk.
Which sin are you most looking forward to seeing illustrated and why?
Why gluttony, of course! And I can’t wait to see lust! And envy, sloth should be just nasty, greed would be a fun story to do. But I personally would like to draw the girl getting her nose cut off to spite her face. HEHE, I mean that would be horrible to draw and other stuff that’s bad. But, out of all of them, wrath is the one everyone should want to do. The head in the box!!! Here is a bit of a teaser…….. I’m drawing wrath! Hehe… Head in a Box!
Raven Gregory, creator of the “The Gift,” is the writer of your issue. Tell us about your experience working with him.
Raven is a great writer. Everyone will love this book. He has really sunk his teeth into the world of John Doe and you won’t like Johnny’s world. He writes full scripts, but leaves me the room to work the page to its fullest visually. We work together to make the book the best it can be as a team. The best thing about Raven and I is our ability to work with each other and put the book ahead of each of us. Damn my nose is brown.
Tell us about the first time you saw the film and you thoughts on it.
It was my ex-wife’s favorite movie, so it is one of my favorites as well, but at the same time triggers unbridled rage and a need to kill. As for the film, I think its genius: the movie flows and challenges you. We, as fans, go to the movies with the agreement that we will sit as the film makers entertain. We throw off reality and try to believe. In “Se7en,” we never question we are there. We are part of the nightmare. We believe. That is what makes it more than just another movie. It is a reality we fear. We wont survive.
Do you feel that films translate well into comics and visa versa?
Comics are films on paper. There is no translation. They are one in the same. We are storytellers. Whether it is on paper or on film, we bring you somewhere and show you that world.
What makes John Doe interesting to you? Any clues as to what lurks in John Doe’s past?
Before I came into comics, I studied psychology, in particular abnormal psychology, serial killers to be more precise, so Johnny peaked my interest right away. What makes a man look at his fellow humans and see them as less than worthy? What allows a man to hurt and kill us, to torture those weaker than them? What would drive you to lose all hold on reality and make up one of your own? When would you lose it and pick up the knife and start to hunt man? If I told you what lurks in his past, that would be breaking his trust and I would hate to see what he might do to me then.
In the zombie comic “Toe Tags” you had the opportunity to work with director George Romero. Tell us about your experience working with him.
Working with George was a dream come true. It was an honor and a privilege to collaborate with him. He is just a true gentleman and I learned a great deal. In the end, George and I are going to work on a film we are collaborating on. Again, it’s just unreal and real at the same time. I am just a lucky guy and am very thankful this has all worked out for me.
How does your approach to “Se7en” differ from your work on “Toe Tags?”
On “Toe tags, it was a strait pencils and inks deal. Although my inker, Rodney Ramos, was fantastic, “Se7en” allows me to work in washes, which is my favorite way to create the art.
You are entering the world of film, as well. Can you tell us about your involvement in the “Bubba the Redneck Werewolf” movie?
I am currently slated as the Assistant Director under Sid Haig. I will also be acting in the movie. It’s the start of a new career for me and I am extremely excited to do it. But, as I had said earlier, comics are movies on paper. This is my chance to make a comic book on film.
Allright, final question and, well, you have to answer – who’s sexier, Brad Pitt or Morgan Freeman?
Well the thing you have to ask yourself is which one would win in a knife fight. And let’s face it, Brad has the looks, but Morgan would shiv his skinny butt in a minute. So the answer is right there in black and white: Dustin Hoffman wins hands down.
Uhhhh … thanks, Tommy!
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