The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #10: ZACK REZENDES

The PNP Crew Q&A Series, #10: ZACK REZENDES
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‘Billie’

Our final creator Q&A is with American artist Zack Rezendes, who will be illustrating the upcoming PNP title Billie, written by Iggy Michniacki and coming in September!

[BTW, if you missed #1 with PNP’s Galo Gutierrez you can check that out here, the one with Matt Kyme here, #3 with Graeme Jackson hereAndrez Bergen was #4 here, Ben Gilboa @ #5, Chris Yarbrough, and #7 with Bryan Timmins, Brett Jones, and lastly Paul Bedford.]

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

Hello! I’m Zack Rezendes, a comic book co-creator and illustrator. I was born and raised in the United States, in the small town of Marion, Massachusetts. I am now living in Western Massachusetts with my wife Cathy, and five year old son, Zack III.

I’ve worked on projects that have been published, and others that have yet to see the light of day. The stuff you can currently find right now is Hail Odin #1, Mr. Malin and the Night, The Battle of Whatsworse, Zombie: New York Contagion, and One-Pager. However, when I’m not working during the day I spend time with my son and love every minute of it.

How did you become involved with Project-Nerd Publishing?

It was just a series of events that lead me here, but the person that brought me in was Galo Gutierrez. He commissioned me for a cool drawing for his daughter’s birthday. We kept in touch and talked often; thankfully he kept me in mind whenever an opportunity would arise. He introduced me to Andrez Bergen, and we got to talking — they featured my pin-up art in Bullet Gal, and it just worked its way from there. I’m forever grateful for being a part of this.

'Bullet Gal' by Zack

‘Bullet Gal’ by Zack

Why are indie comics so damned important?

They’re so damned important, because we need a damned voice to express our damn selves. Some of the great meats and potatoes of comic books are not all capes, cowls and spandex. There is lot of freedom for expression in indie comics, including art style and story telling, that you are not allowed to use in big time comic publishers.

DC, Marvel, Image, Dynamite, Dark Horse, all of these — or something else? 

DC has great characters; I was always drawn to them. Yes, I do love X-Men, Spider-Man pre-“One More Day” …Man that’s a horrible story, totally tripped up that character. However, DC has the original superheroes, larger than life ‘gods’ that walk among mortal men. Batman, both animated series, and Tim Burton’s movies (sorry Christian Bale), have heavily inspired my art throughout my life. I would love to draw for Batman before I’m dead

Who is your all-time favourite comic book character? 

Though I’m a huge fan of Batman, my all time favourite is Superman. Yes he is seen as a boy scout, but he’s OK to be that, he’s a symbol of strength and hope. I have been epileptic since I was 6 months old, and officially diagnosed at five. From that, along with other things I don’t really want to get into, the Superman emblem stood for the strength I needed to get through it all. My mom made me a Superman costume for Halloween one year, and I used to wear it until I basically grew out of it.

Why is the readership of comics important?

Other than the pure financial benefits to indie creators that work long hours into the night and lose sleep to bring you the best story they possibly tell? I would have to say that it’s about the real reason: letting our voices be heard. We all have our own stories to tell, and hopefully people will want to hear more of what we have to say.

12096105_838150406282240_2580016072308293837_n-2What are your creative plans for the future — what can we expect from you?

I have many plans for the future. There are books that I can’t yet announce, but there are some in the next couple of years that you can look forward to. The two that I can mention right now is Hail Odin through Inbeon Studios, and Billie — grown right here at Project-Nerd.

Though I just have one plan in general, and that is to set an example for my son. No matter how “crazy” his dreams may seem, he can work on them until they seem a little “less crazy”, to “improbable”, to “probable”, and ultimately to “inevitable”.