Artists Interviews

Featured Artist of the Week: Roberta Ingranata

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Roberta Ingranata | Interior Artist
[SNEAK PEEK at some upcoming coolness at the end of the interview!]

ZE: How long have you been working in comics?
RI: I started three years ago for Italian comics and since the last November for American comics.

ZE: What age did you realize you wanted to be an artist as a career?
RI: Since I was a child. I was born thinking “I’m gonna be an artist… or a paratrooper.” Well, I think the second choice would be easier than make comics.

ZE: Who has most inspired you in your art career?
RI: Even if he doesn’t know, the answer is David Messina. Many years ago I met him during an Italian convention, Lucca Comics. When he talked to me, I realized that I want to be apart this world with the same approach he has. That moment, I knew I would have to be polite, professional, and modest, exactly as he is. I would work hard and, if I had the possibility, help young talent to find their way.

ZE: What artist has most inspired you?
RI: I follow so many artists that it’s hard to do a list. But, if I should give you one name, I’d say Claire Wendling. I love her art; she’s a great source of inspiration

ZE: Have you ever had a mentor? If so, Who?
RI: I don’t know if I could call him a mentor, but Alfio Buscaglia (Glénat Editions – Sergio Bonelli Editore) was the first one to help me when I bought my Cintiq. And, most of all, he was the first to help me when I was panicked. Every Saturday I went to his study to have a cup of tea with him and his dog Zoe. Those were perfect times. I remember it was raining aaaaall the time.

I should say thanks to Michael Woods too. He was my first foreign contact, and it was Alfio who recommended me to him. Michael is great, he had the patience to explain to me how to work for American comics… and he even gave me my first American work!

ZE: What time period and where would you visit if you had a time machine? Why?
RI: There’s a part of me who wants to travel back in time in the Louis XIV’s age. I love Versaille, and I wish I could follow the etiquette of that great court, with all those magnificent dresses. But, also, there’s a part of me who’d like to fight shoulder to shoulder with Che Guevara, in Bolivia, spending my life to fight for human freedom. Another part of me would visit Great Britain, to fight with the suffragettes for the women emancipation.

ZE: What would the title of your autobiography be?
RI: History of a Girl Dead in Poverty. She bought more comics than she drew.

ZE: What would I find in your fridge right now?
RI: Sushi! Or, to say it better: SUSHI!

ZE: What’s your favorite movie all time if you had to pick one?
RI: The Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects”. Because anybody can understand the movie until the end. And he who says he did, is lying.

ZE: What actor would play you in a movie?
RI: Laura Carmichael. I love her in Downtown Abbey.

ZE: What’s your craziest convention story?
RI: Every time that anyone hugs me and kisses me and talks to me… and I really, really don’t know who he is.

ZE: If you could sing one song on the Voice, what would it be and Why?
RI: Oh, no, please… do not let me sing. Never. For your safety.

ZE: What is the best compliment you ever received?
RI: “You’re a rock.”

ZE: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
RI: Nutella. But the truth is that I have a food intolerance to Nutella, so… problem solved!

ZE: Who’s your biggest celebrity crush?
RI: Maggie Smith.

ZE: What is your favorite band of all time?
RI: Queen.

ZE: Who is your favorite solo act of all time?
RI: Elvis Presley.

ZE: What Comic Con do you most enjoy traveling to?
RI: I never visited an American Convention, but I will this year! Do you mind If I ask you to wait for the answer?

ZE: You can pick any 3 FAMOUS people to have dinner with, living or dead, who do you choose?
RI: Jung, because I have a couple of questions for him. Rita Levi Montalcini, I’d like to tell her how much I admire what she did for humanity. And Kurt Cobain, because… uhm… he was the coolest guy on earth.

ZE: Do you workout? If so, what is your favorite workout routine?
RI: Yoga. Because I can do it wearing pyjamas.

ZE: What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?
RI: Reading. Reading a lot.

ZE: If you could switch places with someone for a week, who would it be? Why?
RI: An outlying place, to visit with my boyfriend. A place full of nature and lots and lots of wild animals. I totally love nature.

ZE: who is your favorite comic book character of all time?
RI: Constantine – Hellblazer.

ZE: who is your favorite Zenescope comic book character to draw or color?
RI: I love the Rotter, a new Robyn Hood Ongoing” character. I fell in love with him since the first time I saw – or better, I read – him.

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ZE: You can choose any one super power. What is it? Why?
RI: May I sleep and work at the same time? Think about it, life would be so much easier.

Follow Roberta on Twitter at @Robbertopoli

SNEAK PEEK: Roberta’s first Zenescope Cover | Robyn Hood Ongoing #12 B

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