RICH INTERVIEWS: Eryk Donovan Artist for All We Ever Wanted Publisher A Wave Blue World
First Comics News: Why did you want to be a part of the anthology “All We Ever Wanted”?
Eryk Donovan: It seems like a fun anthology, lots of great teams, and I’ll get to make a cool, lighthearted SCI-FI story with some pals!
1st: What is your story about and what is its title?
Eryk: I’m not going to spoil it, but it’s about making grand gestures for someone you love, even if it’s to accomplish something relatively inconsequential.
1st: What characteristics does your art bring out in the main character?
Eryk: It’ll feature some badass, cute, cyberpunk ladies, so yeah, totally my aesthetic.
1st: Would you like to do more anthologies?
Eryk: I like to do an anthology every year or two when I have time, but no more than that really. Its a good break from long form work and fun to work with people you like on something small and fun.
1st: Did you have fun illustrating “Eugenic” from BOOM! Studios?
Eryk: Absolutely, it’s some of my favorite work!
1st: How did you come up with the look for the future humans?
Eryk: Lots of conceptualizing and presketching, but ultimately a lot of fun and imagination! Drawing comics is great since you aren’t constrained by reality.
1st: How was “Gotham City Garage” different than other Batman books?
Eryk: GCG was a really special project, and it was a focus on Kara (Supergirl) and a bunch of the other female heroes and villains, set in an awesome post-apocalyptic Mad Max type world. Something really special and cool about that. Definitely one of the most imaginative and fun Elseworlds style takes I’ve seen in a long time!
1st: What personality did your art give to Constantine and what did it add that others did not?
Eryk: I think one of the best things I was able to bring was to the soft quiet moments, especially between John and Oliver, and the moody ending. I like those still quiet moments as much as I like the crazy action scenes. I also think I did a great magical job with the Act 3 climax.
1st: Why should someone pick up “Quantum Teens Are Go”?
Eryk: If you want a purely fun YA adventure drama featuring sci-fi weirdness and fun characters, with some crazy art by yours truly, I think you should check it out!
1st: Did it take a lot of hard work to get to the level you are at in drawing or did it come naturally?
Eryk: Always work. Constant focus and drive. I still have a ways to go I think.
1st: Which artists do you most admire?
Eryk: Bill Watterson, Sergio Toppi, and NC Wyeth (especially Treasure Island) are some that I can always look at and love. There’s plenty of friends, peers, and contemporaries who inspire me every day.
1st: What is something about you few people know?
Eryk: If I said, they’d all know wouldn’t they!?
1st: What would you like to say to all those who enjoy your work?
Eryk: Thank you! Your support is everything, and I’m glad you enjoy.