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!?

 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.

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