Chris Sprouse blog: sprousenet.blogspot.com
Which artists did influence you the most? Not only from comics but in Art in general… And why?
Were you more excited or a bit “frightened” to work with Moore considering his writing status?
After Supreme and Tom Strong, how do you weight your collaboration with Moore? Do you consider it as the highest point of your career till now? Any "strange magical" anecdotes to share with us related to yr long professional relationship with him?
There are rumors that a new Tom Strong series (without Moore on the writing) is upcoming. With you as penciler. Can you reveal us anything?
Let’s talk about your style and drawing approach. You use a really clean line, more light than shadow, I like to define it as “realistic cartoony”. What can you say about it? How did you develop it? It seems an easy style, at first look, but I know it takes tons of thoughts and time to draw a page. Like for Mignola’s style, which is at the opposite style of your spectrum considering all the blacks he puts on.
What’s the process behind your page? What kind of tools do you use? Any digital support?
What’s about your studio? Do you work at home? Any digital support?
I think it’s correct to say you are basically a penciler and your clean pages are created (I suppose) keeping in mind that they have to be inked. You worked with inkers like Al Gordon and Karl Story, who are regular collaborators. What’s about your teamwork with the inker? I mean it is a kind of a matter of trust… Do you prefer they stay faithful to your lines or… for example I remember a great team-up with “embellisher” Kevin Nowlan (who’s also a penciler on his own)…
Why don’t you ink yourself? Is it just a matter of deadline? In Europe, comics artists draw and ink their own stuff which is quite unusual in the USA market, especially in the “superhero” field…
Do you prefer a fully detailed script or something more like Marvel-style script?
Any desire to write your own comics?
Your sci-fi Ocean miniseries written by Warren Ellis has been optioned for a movie adaptation. Any news about it? Are you involved in it in any way?
What’s your opinion about the strong relationship between the comics industry and Hollywood? There is for example a big hype around a couple of comics movies such as Spirit, Sin City 2 and of course Watchmen… Is it good for comics in itself or not?
What do you think about the graphic novel phenomenon?
Your last work is the Number of the Beast miniseries set in the Wildstorm Universe. What can reveal about this story?
You are also working on some Superman covers even if you said in the past “I don’t think I can’t draw him well”…
Which comics do you currently read? Because you READ comics, don’t you? (It seems that many comics artists don’t do that…)