Published on June 18th, 2015 | by Richard Boom
Q&A With Sevara’s Andre Siregar
Broken Icon Comics wanted to let fans know that Sevara #0 is available for sale on comiXology. Also, Issue #1 should be on ComiXology July 3.
Orphan girl turned immortal warrior, Sevara has fought evil thousands of years. She and her fellow immortals guided humanity towards peace. But for earth to truly be free of evil, the immortals give up their powers and their immortality in a ten thousand year sleep. Everyone, that is, except Sevara. When she awakens, she finds that evil has returned, in a big way. As she struggles against her unstoppable foes, memories of her mortal life come racing back. In fact, the memories themselves seem to have infected humanity. And only Sevara can make the world whole again.
Playwright and photographer Damian Wampler forges an entirely new universe with Indonesian artists Andre Siregar and Anang Setyawan. Spanning centuries, this totally original fantasy world takes action and adventure to a new level.
Q: How did you teach yourself to draw? Where there any special websites, books, tools?
A: I learned all of this by myself.
I grew up in Bojonegoro, a small city in East Java, Indonesia. My parents were doctors, but my mom loves handicrafts like cross-stitch painting. She was the first one to introduce me to drawing, but living in a doctor’s family I never even thought of doing comics seriously, even though I do love to draw. I went to college in Surabaya, where I met my wife, got married, and raised 2 cute kids. About how I made it to the comic making industry—after our marriage I opened a comic shop, selling American comics from Marvel, DC, and others. One day a local comic artist visited my shop and told me that making comics is hundreds of times better than selling them. In 2009 the Indonesian Economy collapsed. I shut my shop because the exchange rate with the US dollar made business impossible. Then, I picked up my pencil and started to learn to make comics from the scratch. From that point on, making comics is what I do best. And more than a job, it’s a hobby, and with it–passion.
I didn’t have any special tutorial books. I just learned to draw based on what I saw on those comics I had in the store, getting inspiration from all awesome drawings from various comic artists, studying what was necessary. And like old sayings said: practice makes perfect.
Q: What advice would you give to someone what wants to become a comic book artist?
A: Keep practicing. Never surrender. And before you’re able to go pro, find yourself a day job. That’s all.
Q: What projects are you working on now?
A: I’m still working on my monthly pages on September 17th Productions. And managing artists at Glass House Graphics Agency.
Q: What artists or comic books served as the greatest inspiration for you?
A: Renato Guedes. I love his clean lines, exact human faces, anatomies, and surroundings. I aimed to be able to draw beautifully like he does.
Q: Who is your favorite comic book character? Why?
A: Superman. My comic life started with a Superman comic when I was seven years olf. The Mystery of The Super-Batman! It’s when Superman is cursed by the Pan flute, grows horns and steals Batman’s cape to hide the horns.
Q: Who is your favorite character from DC/Marvel?
A: Superman and Hulk. I’m an all super-power meta-human worshiper
Q: What is your favorite independent comic book?
A: The Walking Dead!
Q: How would you compare Disney/Marvel vs. WB/DC Entertainment in movies and TV?
A: I love both of them. Disney/Marvel is awesome on characters and actions, but not on story line, which is WB/DC’s strong point.
Q: Any comic books you’d like to see made into movies?
A: The Trigan Empire, by the amazing Don Lawrence.
Q: Are there any famous characters you’d like to draw?
Q: What is your favorite superhero movie of all time?
A: Spiderman 2, Doc-Ock is awesome!
Q: If you ran your own comic book company, what new comic book title would you produce?
A: It will be titled ‘The Grasshoppers’. It’s a story about a bunch of multi-ethnic kids who survived the Neo Japan Era, where Japan finally achieved world domination.
Q: Everything is getting a reboot these days. What else needs to be rebooted?
A: I’m not sure since everything has been rebooted. MacGyver?
Published by Broken Icon Comics
Written and created by: Damian Wampler
Illustrations by: Andre Siregar
Colors: Anang Setyawan
Letters: Steven Wands
Cover: Joshua Chinsky