Review Fix chats with independent comic book writer and artist BrÃ£o Barbosa, who breaks down his two titles â€œJesus Rocksâ€ and â€œHappy Anniversary,â€ as well as his hopes and goals for the future.
A fan of Bruce Timmâ€™s work as a kid, Barbosaâ€™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 â€œWatchmen,” â€œThe Dark Knight,” â€œRed Son,” â€œWolverineâ€ 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 â€œMÃ´nicaâ€™s Gangâ€ by MaurÃcio de Sousa. Thatâ€™s maybe why Iâ€™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 â€œplusâ€ that ordinary life may have more than fantastic things. I think I chase the opportunity of planting the doubt â€œcould it happen to me?â€ or â€œcould I be one of those characters?â€ in the readers mind.
Review Fix: What was the inspiration behind “Jesus Rocks”?
Barbosa: â€œJesus Rocksâ€ 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 â€œJesus Rocks,” we talked and he let me adapt it to comics.
Review Fix: What about “Happy Anniversary”?
Barbosa: Unlike JR, â€œHappy Anniversaryâ€ 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 â€œJesus Rocksâ€ because it was through producing it that I could see itâ€™s something I really can do and like doing it. And â€œHappy Anniversary, My Belovedâ€ I can feel a huge progress in my storytelling and drawings ability. Also, the comments about both of them giveÂ 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. Thatâ€™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. Â 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: Iâ€™m working on some titles that Iâ€™m dividing tasks. In some, Iâ€™m writing- Iâ€™m drawing others. But I can promise good stories with all of them.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Barbosa: Iâ€™m also developing an idea for a story much longer than the others Iâ€™ve made. And because it’s something different than I have done, I’m being careful with language to do a good job.