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.
I’d like to thank Chrissie Zullo for taking the time for this interview. You can find her vinyl figures for DC Comics Artist Alley line right now.
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