By Brian Goldberg
Robbi Rodriguez took the time to answer some questions for me and his fans about his experience at NYCC 2014. His work on Edge of Spider-Verse #2 with writer Jason Latour has become one of the big key books released in 2014. He has a very unique sense of style and design that comes out in his art and his prints. Here is a little bit about his time at NYCC, his down to earth view of his career, and his creative process.
Brian Goldberg: How does it feel that a character you designed is such a hit with fans? I saw a few Spider-Gwen cosplayers walking around the show floor. That is art appreciation at its finest.
Robbi Rodriguez: I've said this in many other places, but it is wild to see first hand. I've seen a few online before but seeing it in the crowd with my own eyes is a totally new experience. I'm sure they appreciated the hoodie during that bit of rain we had over the weekend.
BG: How many prints did you sell? I saw many fans walking around with your Spider-Gwen print. Myself included. How did it feel to be an Artist Alley hit?
RR: I sold out of the 100 I did for the show by Sunday morning. Having the spotlight is definitely a new experience. I'm so used to being about to go walk around, grab food or grab a cigarette during a dead period, but there was never a one. As much as I don't really like the attention, I'll just enjoy for the moment 'cause it will go back to normal soon enough.
BG: Your graphic design work is unique and definitely makes its mark. Will there be more con exclusive items in the future?
RR: That's a wait and see. I go show by show and whenever I do, I evaluate what I sell in that market. I have a few ideas, but will see if I execute them since I'm cutting down from 4-5 a year to just 3.
BG: What will your next published work be? What would be your dream assignment?
RR: It's just going to be Spider-Gwen for the time being. As far as what my dream assignment would be, I've never really had one. I like doing my own thing in both my work and my life. So after all of this is done, I look forward to going back to indies and self publishing areas again.
BG: How was your overall NYCC experience?
RR: Its a new high for me and one I won't forget anytime soon. If I decide to just quit tomorrow, it would be the best height to to leave on.
BG: What was your favorite moment of NYCC?
RR: Of NYCC? Seeing a Spider-Gwen trying to hail a cab.
Spider-Gwen will be released by Marvel Comics in 2015. If you are interested in more about Robbi's art please visit his artist page at http://robbi462.deviantart.com/.
If you would like to speak Geek with Brian, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.