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Interview: Pia Guerra

Written by Outhouse Staff on Tuesday, October 31 2006 and posted in Features
Pia Guerra is the artist and co-creator of Y: The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan. Enjoy, you children of the night: The Outhouse: Let’s start with the basics, okay? Why did you decide to go into comics? How did you get hooked up with the art chores for Y: The Last Man? Pia Guerra: I’ve [...]

Pia Guerra is the artist and co-creator of Y: The Last Man with writer Brian K. Vaughan. Enjoy, you children of the night:

The Outhouse: Let’s start with the basics, okay? Why did you decide to go into comics? How did you get hooked up with the art chores for Y: The Last Man?

Pia Guerra: I’ve always have liked comics. I’ve been into drawing since I was four years old and it felt natural to go in them as a profession.

I used to talk to Heidi MacDonald, the editor for Y: The Last Man, at cons and she kept some of my art since she liked it. Later, she showed it to Brian who then wanted me for the comic.

The Outhouse: Any bands you think are underrated?

Guerra: Haven’t been following music lately but I did pick up Barenaked Ladies’ last CD which wasn’t all that good. I listen to a lot of techno recently.

The Outhouse: What’s the appeal of Y: The Last Man, in your opinion, over other comics besides your and Brian K. Vaughan’s talents?

Guerra: Y: The Last Man has a basic premise, familiarity, looks at the issue in a realistic way. Also, while it may appear to be a guy fantasy, it’s more like a date film.

The Outhouse: Do you think Y: The Last Man could’ve been an ongoing series?

Guerra: Y: The Last Man is best with a beginning, a middle, and an end after that, too much would be lost. If it was an ongoing, I probably wouldn’t stay on as I want to try other things.

The Outhouse: In your opinion, how much does Y: The Last Man depend on art?

Guerra: Any comic is a balance 50/50 of art and the story.

The Outhouse: Considering the theme of Y: The Last Man of a male in a female-dominated world, are there any similarities to being a female in a male-dominated profession such as comic books?

Guerra: I don’t know. My career has been interesting but I try to avoid being a “female comic book artist” and try to be a “comic book artist”. But didn’t make a big factor to

The Outhouse: How do you feel about a world with no men? Except male monkeys though.

Guerra: It’s a depressing thought. As an artist, I usually get inspiration from real life and after awhile the thought of a female-dominated world is pretty depressing.

The Outhouse: What do you think of Children of Men, a movie about a world where there wasn’t any children born for 19 years, and it’s similarities to Y: The Last Man?

Guerra: Seen the basic idea in a lot of movies but haven’t heard much about it except that it’s similar to Y: The Last Man. Brian’s site has a list up with other movies that are similar concept-wise I think. upsetting more all the time extreme fantasy state of own society

The Outhouse: How long does it usually take you to draw an issue of Y: The Last Man? Also, what issue are you currently working on?

Guerra: I usually get five pages done a week. Right now, I’m halfway through #52 and going to start page 15 soon.

The Outhouse: Okay, I have a theory for Y: The Last Man: The plague in it is really fat sumo guy eating male humans. Am I right or wrong?

Guerra: *laughs* Nope, sorry.

The Outhouse: Speaking of the end of the story, do you know what happens or is Brian keeping you in the dark until the end?

Guerra: I know the basic idea of it, create details myself, and will ask Brian about what’s happening if I feel I need to know, such as if a character will be killed.

Brian though has the last page all planned out in his mind. I haven’t asked him about it so I won’t get spoiled.

The Outhouse: Since today is Halloween, what are your plans for this holiday?

Guerra: Both my husband, Ian Boothby, and I are under the weather but we were planning on helping out our friend Patrick passing out candy

The Outhouse: Lastly, is the end for Y: The Last Man bittersweet for you? Also, is there anything planned for you after Y: the Last Man finishes?

Guerra: It’s somewhat bittersweet. I’m looking forward to it as I’m a bit tired and want to do other things. I’ve been working steadly straight everyday without a break except for weekends. Also, I want to try new things but want to take a break first.

After Y: The Last Man, I’m going to do a Treehouse of Horror story with Ian.

For more information about Pia, go to her web site: http://www.hellkitty.com/

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Posted originally: 2006-10-31 16:36:50

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