|Name: Sergio Aragones||Find on Amazon India: Link|
|Nationality: Spanish||Find on Amazon: Link|
I have always loved horror very much. I used to write stories for DC’s House of Mystery. It was one of my first jobs writing for comics, and I loved it.
Anyone can write a story based on the kind of horror where you see a guy in car and then there’s the bad guy in the back seat. It’s infantile to rely on that for telling a story. That’s like going to bed and thinking there’s a monster under your bed. It’s silly.
At the end of the ’60s, I was trying to enter the world of comics.
Comics is a great medium to get a lot of stories out.
Eventually I would like to touch all the genres. I would like to do some detective stories, and I want to do a Western. I would want to do humorous Westerns.
For every issue, I send four pages of finished marginals and they select the ones they need.
Generally what I produce is new. Of course, they are often variations on the same subject.
My work is so unorthodox that from one panel to the next, the drawings are completely different… totally opposed to the way of working in something like animation, where every drawing has to look like the one before.
With Groo, I try to do one story every book. Sometimes the stories are better if they go a little longer, and I choose to do it in four issues.
When you’re drawing comics, you get very involved in how the story is going to develop and you spend more time daydreaming on that particular subject.
When sadness happens in the middle of work, I separate my personal grief from my train of thought.
The Western, when I do one, will be one long, continuous story.
The sad events that occur in my life are the sad events that happen to everybody, with losing friends and family, but that is a natural occurrence, as natural as being born.
The Boogeyman is your conscience. The Boogeyman is the result of your own bad behavior. I love this Boogeyman.
I don’t enjoy the boo scare when you’re watching a movie and then suddenly there’s a big shark on the screen. The only thing they’re doing is catching you off guard.
Once you’ve established where you are, you go to the character and elaborate on expressions and action.
I have 40 years of unpublished material, the ones they don’t pick, and the reason I don’t redraw them or use them again is that I like to use my brain every day and come up with new jokes.
My best sources are my travels and my collection of National Geographic.
If the gag is complicated, you spend more time thinking about the way you’re drawing it.
I’d love to do a whole series of stories and have them collected into books.
I think that true horror is accomplished by slowly getting into your brain. The old way is much more scary.
I live in a very small town and now that I’ve closed down my studio, I’m working at home.
I keep very weird hours. I never know when I’m going to get an idea.
Suspense is very important. Even though this is humor and they’re short stories, that theory of building suspense is still there.
Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag, which is composition, placing, equilibrium, and character design.
The reason I love comics more than anything else is that the longest story will be just a few pages. With a novel, it takes so many pages to get to one thing happening.