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Wonder Woman reinvented with Yanick Paquette (Interview at FanExpo)

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Yanick Paquette

(Toronto 19th September, O’kuroku).- Wonder Woman Earth One is one of the most beautiful graphic novel published by DC so far and during FanExpo 2017 we had the chance to meet the amazing artist behind the artwork of it: the legendary Yanick Paquette.

Yanick Paquette is a Canadian artist who has been working with DC comics since the late ‘90s and became a living legend in the industry. His most recent works consist in a revamp of the saga of the Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman: Earth One. During FanExpo we got the opportunity to meet him and share a small conversation.

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How did you got involved in Wonder Woman?

Actually, my first monthly book (and I’m talking 1997 ) was Wonder Woman. I took over after John Byrne left and That was a regular monthly Wonder Woman. Back then I was a kid, almost burning up to get a job I guess. My memory of that first run, that was my first monthly, it was just about surviving the deadline. Trying to do the drawings and trying for them not to be disgusting. I was still learning to draw Wonder Woman.

Eventually, that first run ended and I grew more confident as an artist, and I grew and I grew and yeah, almost 16 years after that they offered me Wonder Woman. And this time in a totally different context which is no deadline and with one of the biggest writers that they have, which was Grant Morrison. And the most prestigious format that they have which was this Earth One graphic novels, which are absolutely beautiful and fun to draw.

The most difficult part of illustrating this new storytelling?

One of the ideas that we have with Wonder Woman is that a lot of what’s going on when the girls go to the Island they kept evolving, you know? Traditionally they are still wearing togas and their aptitude is very Greek. When you look at the breasts for instance. With Grant we figured that they have like 3000 years of technology and culture to evolve, so we tried to create a futuristic utopian world for them. But doing so means that every single element needs to be designed, like every doorknob, every sink, everything. Clothing, vehicles. All of this had to be figured out. The idea that I had was to make like a brand-new stuff, but you could see the roots, the tradition of it all.

Maybe there was some Greek stuff that somehow survived through 3000 years, and because some of the influences were still there, just to reflect how they grow that culture. So, it felt logical, looking at it that, yeah, that might be an Amazonian utopian sci-fi society.

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How do you think Wonder Woman would be an influence now for girls and women?

It’s hard to tell, I mean, honestly when I was drawing it and Grant was writing, we bought into that illusion, I would say, that we were entering a new era of feminism. Wonder Woman had 75 years at that moment, she was introduced to the UN I think. All those things that we thought, this is the moment, you know, this is a moment to grab. There’s a chance to finally, not arrive because it’s not a fixed destination, but it was a big milestone for equality and feminism. Which we are gonna address a little in the second volume because we are going to do more.

But yeah, I am looking forward to the success of women in movies and getting all the attention than they deserve to have.

Any advice for future illustrators or people who want to start up in comics?

The more general that I usually give is try to be as versatile in illustration as you can. And that comes for those who can do Manga, because Manga is very simplified, I don’t have anything against manga is that if it’s that what you can draw chances are that you won’t grab that tv show attention that looks for the realistic look actor but if you can do portrait or more advanced or art style on that name, you can probably do more cartoony look if you get a job that requires it. So when I learned how to draw I always had this thing to go back to reality and to learn as much technical as I can and becoming the most solid artist in that aspect. So I could adapt myself to any job and that paid out because when I started doing comics it was a moment when the Capcom style and Sheldon Mayer era and Jeff Matsuda  were on the edge and all the kids tried to do this and nobody could actually get the job that I got. that was an edition of x-files and FOX needed to have Scully and Mulder look like Scully and Mulder so if you learnt to do eyes by doing triangles, because that’s the way of Capcom to do this a very oversimplification of things they’re cool but on a franchise TV adaptation, that really saved me to be able to draw certain things.

So I could adapt myself to any job and that paid out because when I started doing comics it was a moment when the Capcom style and Sheldon Mayer era and Jeff Matsuda were on the edge and all the kids tried to do this and nobody could actually get the job that I got.

Paquette explains that he got to do the comic adaptation of the X-files thanks to his ability to be versatile.

FOX needed to have Scully and Mulder look like Scully and Mulder so if you learned to do eyes by doing triangles because that’s the way of Capcom to do this a very oversimplification of things they’re cool but on a franchise TV adaptation, that really saved me to be able to draw certain things.

Yanick Paquette
Selfie with the legend.

Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman Earth One is already available in most stores, online and in printed or digital copies, while the second volume is scheduled to be released in December 2017.

Maria Caterina Bruciapaglia

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