Word Balloon Podcast

Word Balloon Podcast – Francesco Francavilla

Show Notes

On this edition of Word Balloon, comic artist Francesco Francavilla joins us for a nice converstaion about his process, from pencils, to inking, to coloring.

We talk about his incredible recent work on books, like DC's Detective Comics with Scott Snyder on the long awaited return of James Gordon Jr., and Marvel's Black Panther: Man Without Fear series with David Liss.

We also talk about his Zorro work for Dynamite with Matt Wagner, his western story in Image Comics' Outlaw Territory, his story for the Jim Henson Storytellers Anthology from Archaia, and his covers for The Lone Ranger-Zorro crossover.

Francesco describes the comic art studios of Italy, and how they are able to do monthly comics that are 96 pages per issue.Plus we discuss his sketch blog Pulp Sunday, featuring more web comics and lobby card designs, and his contributions to the artists blog Comic Twart. Check out his amazing art at his website.


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  1. Can’t wait. Francavilla is one of my favorites!

  2. Is the Gordon back-up being collected in a trade or hardcover?

  3. @davidtobin100  I would count on it

  4. @wordballoon: Thanks John. Just finished lisstening to the show. Great interview.

  5. @wordballoon: It appears, according to Amazon, that the Batman: the Black Mirror hardcover will collect the first two Jock penciled stories, “Black Mirror” and “Hungry City”.  One assumes that Francesco will have another Detective arc following the “Hungry City” arc. If he does, there is a chance that the next Dectective tade will collect both of Francesco’s arcs together.  

    Lending credence to this theory, the August solicitation for Detective is listed at 40pgs and has art by Jock and Francesco.  I suspect we will get a 8-page preview / lead-in to Francesco’s next arc in that issue.  (This assumes the entire DC Universe isn’t rebooted at the end of August.)

  6. Oh wow!  I’m totally looking forward to listening to this.  He’s definitely one of the great artists out there right now. 

  7. @ctrosejr  if you listen to the interview, Francesco said that the James Gordon Jr story isn’t finished and will continue later this summer.

    Despite the DC reboot rumours, I think the powers that be at DC know they’ve got a minor classic going with this Gordon story, and I am reasonbly certain it will continue with the 40 pager in august.

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