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Lorenzo Mattotti on Monsters

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Art by Lorenzo Mattotti from The Raven

In this excerpt from an interview with Lorenzo Mattotti, one of my favorite comic book artists, Mattotti gives Guillermo Del Toro a run for his money in the Cool Quotes About Monsters Department. The interview was posted on the Fantagraphics Books blog site in conjunction with Fantagraphic’s release of The Raven by Lou Reed and Mattotti, a book that adapts works by Edgar Allan Poe.

Eric Buckler: The book is full of creatures. Can you talk about where some of these come from, how you craft those creatures?

Lorenzo Mattotti: Creatures are always our insides. It’s part of a long work that I have always done in my sketchbooks. I think in 30 years, I’ll continue to make drawings like that in my sketchbook. They are always drawings about my insides, so they are metaphor, they are symbols, symbols of our natural inside. So, I don’t think they are different creatures from us, they are not animals, they are us. They are our brains, they are our ideas. The drawing gives us the possibility to change the form to make signs that interpret the reality. They are the concretization of our imagination. So, maybe sometimes they explain much better than a realistic image would. So, the creature from inside you. You may think that they are creatures of another world but they are creatures of our world; the spider, the monster, the stranger, the character. The distortion is the distortion of our brain.

Buckler: So, you lent the creature inside of yourself to this work to help translate it?

Mattotti: To what?

Buckler: You said that the creatures were a concretization of the creature inside of you?

Mattotti: They are a concretization of ideas, of sensations, of emotions. I don’t have an animal in my brain, I have emotion, contradiction, tension, pieces of sensation and emotion. And when I draw, my creatures are the concretization of emotions. I do not know before I draw what will happen on the paper, they go out in a very natural way. They are the symbol of sensations that I have inside.

For What It’s Worth Department:

My USC Film School adaptation of Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” can can be viewed here.

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Written by pronountrouble2

August 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

This is Why I Love San Diego Comic-Con

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Why do I love San Diego Comic-Con? Here are more than five good reasons from SDCC 2011.

A sketch by Alex Niño. Keep an eye out for his graphic novel due next Summer

Alex Niño and his son brought a lot of his original artwork to Con. Much of it was not for sale. I wish I could have afforded some of the art that was for sale.

As he says himself, Jim Steranko’s signature is a work of art. He did this in my copy of Steranko: Graphic Narrative.

Jim Steranko

Walt Simonson’s signature is also impressive

Walt Simonson signing my copy of IDW’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition

Chester Brown did a sketch of Louis Riel

I bought this Summer, 1991 at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles. Twenty years later, I met Chester Brown himself. Wow.

Chester Brown. We apparently left him mistakenly thinking we are friends of Joe Matt.

Brian Ralph’s drawing for my copy of Cave-In

Brian Ralph, who enjoyed seeing my copy of Cave-In because it reminded him of the days when Tom Devlin was publishing books such as this through Highwater Books.

Big Questions by a seemingly shy Anders Nilsen. I’ve been waiting many years for this collection and was a bit disappointed to learn that due to some sort of mishap at the printer’s there were no hardcover copies available.

Anders Nilsen at the Drawn & Quarterly booth

Janet Lee was kind enough to do this sketch

Janet Lee won an Eisner Award this year for Return of the Dapper Men. I did not know she was going to be at the show, otherwise I’d have brought my copy.

Nice sketch by Matt Kindt, isn’t it? We were also impressed when he used a paper embosser.

The sign does not lie. It’s Matt Kindt.

Mark Kalesniko did this great drawing for his latest work, Freeway.

Mark Kalesniko told us some interesting behind the scenes stories about the making of Freeway. For example, he was surprised to find that he needed a clearance from the owner of Angel’s Flight, a landmark in downtown Los Angeles, to use its image in the book.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already a week ago when Ted McKeever did this great sketch of Eddy Current.

Ted McKeever holding the book with the drawing shown above.