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The Pitch:
Jose Villarrubia & Dan Schaffer
By Jose Villarrubia & Dan Schaffer


Welcome to Slushfactory.com's weekly feature, "The Pitch." Every Wednesday two creators "pitch" you their newest, upcoming project in hopes of convincing you to give it a chance.

Pitching last week: Roger Stern & Paul Dini

THE PITCH: One creator, Six questions.

Pitch: Jose Villarrubia

Your name: Jose Villarrubia
Title of book: Captain America
Publisher of book: Marvel Comics
Ongoing or miniseries: Issues 12-15
Other collaborators on book: John Nye Rieber and Jae Lee
Expected on-sale date: January 2003

(1) Fill in the blanks: My name is Jose Villarrubia and I am best known for...my painted colors for Fantastic Four 1234 and my Digital Art for Veils and Promethea.

(2) What is your book about?

A retelling of the Silver Age origin of Captain America.

(3) What is the origin of this project, secret or otherwise? Give us the origin story.

Since he took over the series John has wanted to add some depth to the story of how Cap was found frozen by Namor and the Avengers.

(4) Aside from the promise of tall dollars, what drew you to this project? Why now?

I always work with Jae, and in this book he is doing his best art ever.

(5) Why should a reader pick your book over, say, lunch on a given day? Pitch away.

Great story, great art, SUPERB coloring, LOL! Just kidding. If you liked what we did in Sentry and Fantastic Four 1234 you will like this even more. Promise. And, of course, if you are enjoying the work that the Johns (Rieber and Cassiday) are doing in the first story arc of Captain America, you should really enjoy this story as well.

(6) Anything else you'd like to add?

I wanted to talk about the two big projects by Alan Moore that I am illustrating by myself, but I canít do it yet. Check out in ten days or so the Top Shelf website and youíll see what I mean...

Concluding Note: Where can readers go for more information:


Pitch: Daniel Schaffer

Your name: Daniel Schaffer
Title of book: Dogwitch
Publisher of book: Sirius Entertainment
Ongoing or miniseries: Ongoing
Other collaborators on book: Just me for now...
Expected on-sale date: Halloween 2002

(1) Fill in the blanks: My name is Daniel Schaffer and I am best known for...graphic design for Jerona Fruits Recordings. This is my first published comic book.

(2) What is your book about?

Dogwitch follows the chaotic exploits of a rebellious outcast witch named Violet Grimm, banished to a cursed forest known as the Banewoods for daring to practice her own unique brand of Molotov Magick. Determined to continue her dark dabblings with extreme supernatural forces, Violet uses cutting edge sorcery to break a multitude of cosmic laws, invoke kinky demons from various lower realms, add cool special effects to her home-movies and raise dead guys for dates. With these paranormal antics invariably going awry, Violetís insane B-movie lifestyle and homemade snuff-gore-splatter-flicks gain her the unexpected status of local superstar, loved and feared by a growing psychotic fan base.

(3) What is the origin of this project, secret or otherwise? Give us the origin story.

Thereís a pretty obvious B-movie horror angle to the whole comic and a great amount of inspiration for Dogwitch came from horror classics from the likes of Romero, Raimi and Friedkin. Thereís an audacity and inventiveness in some of the old ones that you donít see very often and I was looking to do a comic that could tap into the same thing, but not in a way that had been done before. I wanted it to mix it up with something new, and the character of Violet Grimm is sassy and mischievous enough to bring a post-millennial attitude to issues of sex, dating, isolation, fame and art, but intertwined with that backdrop of paranormal madness - so you get sex magick, demon boyfriends, scary monsters, love struck stalkers and, of course, her special blend of uncompromising, extravagant, never-seen-before Molotov witchcraft!

(4) Aside from the promise of tall dollars, what drew you to this project? Why now?

I really wanted to work with Sirius. Iíd been doing a lot of cartoons and digital design for various organizations but I wanted to be doing comics. Sirius seemed to be well known for their artist friendly approach and I was always interested in what they were publishing because their comic books all seemed to exhibit an addictive combination of raw inspiration and style. You can feel a real artistic drive and passion behind them and I wanted to get in on that. So I got all my ideas together and set about forming them into something I thought would fit in with the Sirius jigsaw - and Dogwitch was the result.

(5) Why should a reader pick your book over, say, lunch on a given day? Pitch away.

Iíll just pretend to be someone else while I do this bit. Hereís the pitch...

Dogwitch is everything you really shouldnít know about dabbling with the unknown. Itís a swift and cheeky trip into the B-movie life of outcast witch Violet Grimm, and her fiendishly sexy world of bondage-voodoo, kinky demons, psychic fallout and bizarre home movies. Delivered in shocking episodes that guarantee mad spells, flashes of polka dot underwear and plenty of surprises, itís funny, wicked, audacious and really bloodthirsty... and you might want to wash your hands afterwards.

(6) Anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for having me. Come and visit the website at Dogwitch.com. Thereís an e-mail link there. Tell me what you think.

Concluding Note: Where can readers go for more information:


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