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Spider’s Man: Darick Robertson, Artist and Co-Creator of Transmetropolitan

May 18, 2011

“Those that refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” says artist Darick Robertson, when asked about the longevity of Transmetropolitan, the politically-charged cyberpunk comic that he co-created with author Warren Ellis in the late 90s. “The humanistic themes Warren put beneath our sci-fi — rich versus poor, political corruption from the top down, and ‘truth shall set you free’ — are resonant.”

Transmetropolitan — and its tattooed protagonist Spider Jerusalem, along with his filthy assistants, and many other familiar faces from the series — returns later this month, about ten years after the original critically-acclaimed series ended, in the form of a one-off charity art book (for more about the book itself, read our interview with its general production manager Chunk Kelly). Darick, along with a whole host of artists, will be contributing new pieces.

“[These characters] never feel like they’re away from me,” he says. “I get requested to draw them so often and they live in my head, so it’s not that much of a reach. I do however, miss Warren Ellis’ scripts.”

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Sugar, Spice And Everything Nice: Part Two

September 13, 2010

Listening to the recording of my interviews makes me realise two things. The first is that I sound a bit like a chipmunk. The second is that I may have a little bit of a girly crush on Ashley. Well, who wouldn’t really, with that velvety voice, short blonde hair, cute dimples and all those tattoos? I’ll say it again: who doesn’t love a woman with a little bit of ink?

“Eventually I’ll just have one [giant] tattoo,” she says about her own tats. “My favourites are my portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Aretha Franklin. And, of course, my first Australian tattoo — a picture of a lighter and script that reads ‘A little bit of rock & roll!’”

A little bit of rock and roll is exactly how I’d describe her. Her love affair with ink began when she was 16. From the moment her artist put needle to skin, Ashley was convinced she had to be a part of the magic. “I knew when I got my first tattoo that this was what I wanted to do. I just love it. The sound of the machines, hanging out with everyone in the shop, just the atmosphere — I love it.”

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Ben Templesmith: Gentleman Artist

September 7, 2010

Scenes From The Road 10: Phoenix Part 1

“I don’t mind at all if people put my work on their skin,” says Australian comic creator Ben Templesmith. “More power to them. It’s a great honour really. I get a lot of requests to do up specific art for tattoos now too — which I can’t really do unless we turn them into commissions and they sadly cost a bit of money to get me to do up, so people have to really want them!”

It’s easy to see why people would pay top dollar for an original Templesmith piece though. The New York Times best-selling and multiple award-winning artist and writer’s slickly textured work has meteorically gained in popularity since he created 30 Days of Night with Steve Niles, the hugely successful comic that was adapted into a film by Hard Candy’s David Slade in 2007.

“I’m one of those cynical types when it comes to Hollywood. I don’t expect, nor do I seek to have comics turned into film,” he admits. “If it happens, great. But I’m more interested in making books that people get enthused for.”

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