A fan of Bruce Timm’s work as a kid, Barbosa’s unique art style and penchant for solid storytelling make him a multi-faceted double threat in comics.
Review Fix: What did you read as a kid?
Barbosa: I was always curious about superheroes. I spent many hours of my childhood watching the X-Men cartoons, Spider-man and sure, Bruce Timm’s Animated Series for DC, but I can’t remember reading many superheroes comics as a child. Of course, I read the classics like “Watchmen,” “The Dark Knight,” “Red Son,” “Wolverine” by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, but I had never had the habit of reading the periodic stories. So, by the influence of my grandpa, I read a lot of Disney and the Brazilian “Mônica’s Gang” by Maurício de Sousa. That’s maybe why I’m more a conversation/relations/everyday stories reader/writer than a superhero one.
Review Fix: For people who haven’t read them, what are your stories about? What makes them special?
Barbosa: As I said above, I like reading and writing about the “plus” that ordinary life may have more than fantastic things. I think I chase the opportunity of planting the doubt “could it happen to me?” or “could I be one of those characters?” in the readers mind.
Review Fix: What was the inspiration behind “Jesus Rocks”?
Barbosa: “Jesus Rocks” tells the life of Christ if He were a rock star. And these two worlds have always been part of my universe. So, when a friend of mine wrote what became the initial idea of “Jesus Rocks,” we talked and he let me adapt it to comics.
Review Fix: What about “Happy Anniversary”?
Barbosa: Unlike JR, “Happy Anniversary” was totally born in my head. I was wondering what wold be the consequences a crazy/deep/insane/blind/selfish/vindictive love could have if taken to its ultimate consequences.
Review Fix: How do both accomplish different things for you?
Barbosa: I have a special affection for “Jesus Rocks” because it was through producing it that I could see it’s something I really can do and like doing it. And “Happy Anniversary, My Beloved” I can feel a huge progress in my storytelling and drawings ability. Also, the comments about both of them give great pleasure and makes me wanna keep going.
Review Fix: How would you describe your art style?
Barbosa: I seek transfer as much emotion I can to the drawing table. That’s my biggest concern. And I go for it every day. Also, I like having a positive and fun view of everything. I think this leads me to a simple trace and some unusual drawing solutions.
Review Fix: How do you want these stories to be remembered?
Barbosa: Sure. I want to bring moments of entertainment and fun for those who are reading my stories.
Review Fix: What are your goals for these series this year?
Barbosa: I’m working on some titles that I’m dividing tasks. In some, I’m writing- I’m drawing others. But I can promise good stories with all of them.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Barbosa: I’m also developing an idea for a story much longer than the others I’ve made. And because it’s something different than I have done, I’m being careful with language to do a good job.