Tito W. James: How has your experience been at FanExpo Boston?
Chrissie Zullo: It’s pretty good. I like the new facility. It’s more open than in previous years. There’s a lot of people here. Everyone’s been really cool, so it’s been really fun.
TWJ: In current comic book cultures, is there anything that stands out to you?
CZ: I like how things are going. Over the last ten years, comics have changed a lot. Whether it’s more representation of different characters, more female creators coming forward, I think whatever direction it’s heading, it’s really exciting.
TWJ: Can you tell me about how you got to work with DC on their new Artist Alley line of vinyl figures?
CZ: I had known those guys for a little bit. They were always trying to find something that my style would fit…They started the DC Artist Alley line the year before and I was included in the second wave of figures for that. So that was really cool.
TWJ: What characters did they match you with?
CZ: I did Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Hawkgirl, and Batgirl.
TWJ: What is it about your artwork that made DC think you’d be a good fit?
CZ: I think it was just different from your typical comic book aesthetic. My style is very animated, cartoony, very Disney and Anime inspired. I think DC was just looking for different takes on the character in different styles.
TWJ: I’ve heard from several creators who pull from animation as opposed to live action. Do you think it’s an under-explored avenue in comics?
CZ: Yeah, I guess. I mean everyone grows up being influenced by different things. I grew up on a lot of Disney cartoons and Anime. That’s what I have the most fun drawing. I want it to be very animated and very stylized. That’s just the route that I went. I think that every artist is just this weird mix of all their favorite things until they become their own thing.