This Gal is back for another interview, my 12th
I believe here on the Moonstone site,
Zeu has a new creator-owned project
here at the ol’ Moon: The INFINITEENS!
BioSo what is a Zeu?
Zeus are engines of creation. Plain and simple.
Lori: Zeu, thanks so much for taking the time to
chat about a project that is near and dear to your heart, the new superhero
here at Moonstone: The Infiniteens! Give our readers a brief overview of what they can expect in your new book.
Zeu: Well, Infiniteens is the story of a group of friends
who want to become superheroes. .it ´s a human tale of four naďve kids who
decide to change the world and end up fighting for their very lives, struggling
to save their small town.
Lori: Where did you get the idea for Infiniteens? Is this something you’ve been thinking about for a while? How far into the story have you planned?
Zeu: Infiniteens have been with me for a long time, probably
as far as my childhood, when I’d hang with my friends and would often go
“Wouldn’t it be cool if we had superpowers?
Just imagine the stunts we’d pull.”
Lori: Can you give us a brief
rundown of the main characters? Who is
your target audience with Infiniteens?
Zeu: The Infiniteens are formed by four heroes:
Luther “Dreadnought” Kilmore, resident powerhouse is her second-in-command. He’s a very level-headed young man and the one who keeps the group grounded to reality.
Julian “Visionary” Lerner is the tech-artist, a dreamer able to create the most outlandish devices imaginable.
Last but not least,Beverly “Twinblast” Garcia is the wildcard, a girl with a dark past who was literally hijacked into the team.
Around this core group gravitates a plethora of unique
characters, from the Muhler twins who sometimes assist them as a backup team to
Chief Barnes, decorated war hero who lost countless men fighting event freaks
to Miss Ifwitch, a strange lady who roams the streets at night playing her
Lori: Is this your first comic that
you’ve been able to both write and draw?
How has this experience been different than
Zeu: I’ve had plenty of previous experiences playing all the
instruments and I can definitely say that it´s a whole new ballgame, compared
to being just the artist.
Lori: What other projects have you worked on, both in the past, and upcoming projects?
Zeu: My very first published work was Medusa 31, an album which won an award in Portugal. In the US, I started in the pages of the Digital Webbing Presents anthology with a small story written by Joshua Gamon, followed by the one-shot Cloudburst, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray for Image Comics. With Justin I also did Vengeance of the Mummy, published by Moonstone Books. At the same time I got to work with Jim Keplinger on a series for FC9 Publishing called Genie. Presently I´m working on General Jinjur Comics´ flagship title Charlatan, written by Gil Lawson and Project ELohIm for Strange Matter Comics, written by Rebecca Hicks. And of course, I´m polishing up Infiniteens any chance I get.
Lori: Zeu, rather off subject, but
I just have to ask you a personal question, is “Zeu” short for something else,
or is that your god-given name? Either
way it definitely has pizzazz!|
Zeu: My real name is Eliseu Gouveia but my friends and
family have always called me Zeu for short. When I started working as an artist
I adopted it immediately as a pseudonym since it ´s short and to the point,
easier to remember than “Eliseu Gouveia” which you’ll have to admit is quite a mouthful.:)
Lori: What kind of formal art
training have you had, if any? How long
have you been earning your keep as an “artiste”?
Zeu: I´m an autodidact, self taught all the way. My academic
formation was more technical, in the field of electrotechnical engineering and
eventually, time came when I had to make a career choice. I chose to follow my
Lori: I realize you are not from the States, so can you tell us a little bit about where you are from and what it’s been like being an artist there? From what source do you draw your inspiration? (Ha ha, get it? I said “draw!”-I know, I know, I am oh so very witty, but now back to you Zeu.)
Zeu: LOL. Well, I´m Portuguese, and out here we don´t have a big comic industry yet, being a small country and all. We get comics from all corners of the world, so it´s kinda hard to say who influenced me the most. From American to japanese to european artists, I´ve read everything. It´s terrible, really, when it comes to pinpoint who are my sources of inspiration. From Hal Foster to Byrne to Perez, Buscema, Bilal, Moebius, Charest, Civiello, Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Masamune Shirow, Ryoichi Ikegami, Bourgeon, Uderzo, Franquin, Frezzatto, Frazeta, Miguelanxo Prado, Adam Hughes, J.H. Williams III, Brian Hitch, Serpieri, Manara, Hugo Pratt, Masakazu Katsura, Alex Ross, Simon Bisley, Cabanes, Boucq, Russ Manning, Alan Davis, Frank Cho, Romita Jr.,Bissette…… there are SO MANY!
Lori: Zeu, have you always been a comic book fan? What were some of your favorite comics growing up, and what titles do you enjoy reading now?
Zeu: Yeah, as far as I can remember, I’ve always had a comic in my hands. Even before I could read I remember admiring the amazing art and the frustration from not being able to understand what was being said. Growing up I read pretty much everything I got my hands on, from European to American (superheroes, Disney, horror) comics. I remember this Tarzan issue drawn by Russ Manning, “The Secret of the Swamp Barrier”… I must have read it hundreds of time, memorized every line, every brush stroke.
Nowadyas I don´t have as much time as I used to but I try to keep up, Ultimates, Astonishing X-Men, Justice, Wonder Woman… I´m easy.
Lori: One final question Zeu,
something I ask everyone I interview: If
you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?|
Zeu: Ooh, good one! Normally, I ´d say flying but lately I
got to think about it a bit more and I ´d love to be a “Reality Warper”, like
in the Clairmoont/Byrne´ s Proteus Saga. Because if you think about it, once
you get a hold of such power, you´re pretty much a god. You can warp objects,
people (who wants to have Elle McPherson´s body?), rotate gravity, change the
weather…. the only limit is literally your imagination.
Lori:Thanks again for chatting with me Zeu!
Until next time…. Moonstone Gal out!
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