Artist Spotlight – Javier Garcia-Miranda Of Dynamite's Purgatori

Javier Garcia-Miranda is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. He started out with Zenescope working on Robyn Hood Vs. Red Riding Hood and the Wonderland on-going before moving over to Dynamite to tackle the new Purgatori series. Let's turn the spotlight on and get to know him a little better.

WL19 - JGMiranda - 08 CopyBLEEDING COOL: How did you get started drawing?

JAVIER GARCÍA-MIRANDA: I cannot remember exactly when, I have been drawing ever since I can remember. When I was little, I already liked comic strips and Spanish comic books, and I was charmed about the idea of telling stories with images. Then I discovered pencils. I guess one thing took to another.

WL17-JGMiranda-01 WONDER017-4-29217BC: Who were your biggest influences?

JGM: There are lots of them and I add more to the list each year. Just to name a few: Greg Capullo, Ryan Ottley, Adam Hughes, Sean Murphy, Terry Dodson… it goes on and on… Oh, and I'm growing fonder and fonder of Fiona Staple's work.

Page2 Copy BC: What is your process for doing a page? How long does it take you?

JGM: All my process is digital, from thumbnails to the final inking. I plan the page while reading the script, make myself a visual idea of what the page is about, what do I have to tell and what's the more efficient way of doing so (including lights and shadows). When I'm happy about the storytelling, I then resize the thumbnail so it fits the final page and start pencilling. I sometimes make some last minute changes here. Then the inking is pretty straight forward. I cannot tell you exactly how long does it take me. It takes as needed.

Page 13 Page 7BC: Where might folks have seen your work previously?

JGM: I did some fill-ins for Zenescope's Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood, Wonderland and Werewolves: The Hunger. Then I drew the first issue of GFTP: No Tomorrow, and then the folks at Zenescope put me to draw GFTP: Wonderland ongoing series. I've also made illustrations for tabletop roleplaying games such as Monster Hunter International RPG (from Hero Games) and the Spanish project

Purgatori01-02-03_Viviane-TBC: What are you working on now?

JGM: I signed a contract with Dynamite and I'm taking care of the new Purgatori series, which is written by Aaron Gillespie and which is going to be a blast. I loved the character back in the days and for me it is a great deal to be able to work in this project.

Purgatori01-04-REV_Viviane-T-lighter Purgatori01-05_Viviane-T-lighterBC: What is your dream project?

JGM: There are two projects I have in mind and which I want to make a reality one day. One of them is to make a proper book from a webcomic I did (including the script) some years ago just for fun and another one is a story about a roleplaying game I created. I played a campaign with some friends and it turned out pretty cool. I'm writing the script of that in my spare time but I don't know when I'm going to be able to enter into the production phase.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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