width="124" height="190" alt="" align="right" border="0">The popular "Astonishing X-Men" artist also explained that it's been easy to visualize the artwork for "Lone Ranger," because the inspiration comes to mind very quickly. "Clayton Moore is who most think of, but I'm more a fan of the serials, radio shows and a great newspaper comic strip in the early 1980s by Russ Heath and Cary Bates," says Cassaday of inspirations for his art. "And just a fan of the story in general. It's a great revenge tale. There's an edge to it that most are unaware of."
For the versatile Cariello, he's been finding some inspiration in Hollywood, though he promises he won't simply be copying the looks of real people. "There was a time we were looking at Wes Bentley, 'American Beauty' meets 'Batman Year One' (before he's Batman), inexperienced, and learning. After a few email exchanges with 'the boys' - Brett and John - and some input from Dynamite, we turned in what we were looking to do. I asked what movies and actors could play the other characters as well and we set the mood for the book. 'Deadwood,' 'Unforgiven' and other movies were mentioned along with some familiar faces to help me get the idea for the rest of the crew. I've learned in my career to be careful not to make anyone in comics really resemble any celebrity in particular, unless you're doing a parody. So what you get in this book is fresh and original as it can be but influenced by existing reference."
Speaking of influences, Cariello has a wide array of inspirations that helped to form his current style of artwork. Like many artists today, the Brazilian penciller found comics and animation to be muses at a very young age, explaining, "Fred Flintstone, Mickey Mouse and other TV cartoons were my first inspirations to draw. Then comics came later. Spider Man, Batman, Tarzan and Will Eisner's the Spirit were my favorite American comics. 'Asterix' and 'Tintin' were my favorite European comics. but I enjoyed many of them and I created my own comics and stapled them just like a comic book when still a kid. I knew I wanted to do that when I grew up. I kept drawing and evolving, as I grew older. One day I saw an ad for the Kubert School in an American Batman comic. I knew I wanted to go there. One of the things that I improved while attending there was my lettering. I went to work for Marvel as a letterer during my second year in Joe's school while working on 'HP Lovecracft's Dagon' for Caliber Press as letterer and penciler/inker as well. Soon after that I went to DC and other publishers as penciler/inker. My inspirations include Will Eisner, Milton Caniff, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, John Romita Sr, Jim Aparo, Gil Kane, Mort Drucker, Moebius, Uderzo, Jesus Blasco, Giorgio Cavazzano and many, many more."
width="125" height="190" alt="" align="left" border="0">While Cariello may not be a household name, he's made his name on a lot of big superheroes and feels excited about future prospects. "I've been very fortunate and blessed to be able to draw my dream projects of various genres and styles: Batman, Spider man, Wonder woman, Avengers, Superman, and so many super-heroes I grew up with," he says. "And I love to be involved just as much in other cartoony projects that leans more towards Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Giorgio Cavazzano and Uderzo styles.
"So I'm really content. I've enjoyed every project that has come my way. Although I had my share of low times in comics, I've been quite busy too and I must admit that every job I ever held and still have in my career as an artist were all offered to me. With the exception of trying to get work as a letterer at Marvel and getting it, every other job I initially tried to get myself ended up in a dead end street. So, I've learned to do the best I can in the projects offered to me allowing my work to generate more work. I can then sort out what is being offered, accepting only what I want or need. I believe that is the way of placing myself in the hands of the Man who is above all Men: Jesus Christ himself!
"I've had my share of drawing Super Heroes so I wouldn't mind doing the Spirit or some European characters like 'Asterix. It will be neat also to do more historical biblical characters in comic book format the way I know how! To do stories that have eternal relevance and moral values are the ultimate projects for me. Everything else can be just as fun, entertaining, very rewarding and somewhat unforgettable, but they are temporal! Getting back to the Lone Ranger's creed: 'I believe that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.'"
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