12 Mar 5 Questions with Michel Mulipola
Clip Studio Paint aka Manga Studio, Wacom Mobile Studio Pro, Pentel Pocket Brush pen, Copic markers, Pigma pens
Tell us a bit about yourself & what motivated you to enter the creative field?
My name is Michel Mulipola and I’ve been a huge fan of comic books since I was 5 years old. Ever since then, all I ever wanted to do was draw comics.
Everything I’ve been able to do in my life is because of comic books; becoming a comic book artist, working at Arkham City Comics and even becoming a professional wrestler.
I’ve always been fascinated by the bright colours and bold characters of comic books and so always wanted to be a part of that four-colour world.
What can people look forward to seeing and experiencing at your booth at Chromacon 2017?
I am always up for a chat with a new audience so don’t be shy to come around to see me and to discuss all kinds of things from comics to pro wrestling and just life in general.
Other than that, I will be hawking my wares and looking forward to interacting with other artists.
I will have my Headlocked graphic novels, Samoan and Tongan Heroes books, prints for sale at Chromacon 2017. I will also be available for commission sketches that will be drawn LIVE at the event.
And yes, I will have EFTPOS facilities available at my booth.
How did you develop your creative voice/ personal style and what inspires you to begin a project/ work?
As a kid, I was heavily influenced by the late 80’s/early 90’s X-Men artists like Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee so I tried to ape their style and copy them. As I grew older and drew more, I found my own style. I don’t believe there is any ‘real way’ to develop your style other than creating countless artworks. You slowly evolve through each piece until you find your ‘style.’ The more you create, the more your art better reflects your voice.
Ideas are always percolating inside my head and the run gamut of incredible to silly and daft but I find that some of the silliest ideas end up being the best ones. I don’t have a real process to begin a project/work, a lot of the times it’s just a flight of fancy moment creating spontaneous art.
What future development(s) in your creative field are you most excited about?
I’m looking forward to working on the next volume of Headlocked graphic novels, which have a Kickstarter currently running:
I’m also looking forward to doing the artwork for a back up story with WWE Hall of Famer, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Other things I have in the works include a couple of Oz Comic Con convention appearances in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Any shout outs you’d like to give for any fellow Chromacon Exhibitors you love?
One thing I love about Chromacon is catching up with artists you haven’t seen in awhile like Dylan Horrocks, Paul Tobin, Ben Stenbeck, Chris Slane, Jem Yoshioka, Toby Morris, Ant Sang, Anthony Pini, Jason Hong plus countless others I have forgotten to mention. Each artist is fantastic in their own right and we all have our unique styles so anyone attending the event will definitely find something that appeals to them.
Another thing that’s great about Chromacon is seeing new and emerging artists’ works. It’s always great to see what the future of art and illustration in NZ is gonna look like.