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: Letâ€™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: Iâ€™ve always have liked comics. Iâ€™ve been into drawing since I was four years old and it felt natural to go in them as a profession.
The Outhouse: Any bands you think are underrated?
Guerra: Havenâ€™t been following music lately but I did pick up Barenaked Ladiesâ€™ last CD which wasnâ€™t all that good. I listen to a lot of techno recently.
The Outhouse: Whatâ€™s the appeal of Y: The Last Man, in your opinion, over other comics besides your and Brian K. Vaughanâ€™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, itâ€™s more like a date film.
The Outhouse: Do you think Y: The Last Man couldâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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 donâ€™t know. My career has been interesting but I try to avoid being a â€œfemale comic book artistâ€ and try to be a â€œcomic book artistâ€. But didnâ€™t make a big factor to
The Outhouse: How do you feel about a world with no men? Except male monkeys though.
Guerra: Itâ€™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 wasnâ€™t any children born for 19 years, and itâ€™s similarities to Y: The Last Man?
Guerra: Seen the basic idea in a lot of movies but havenâ€™t heard much about it except that itâ€™s similar to Y: The Last Man. Brianâ€™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, Iâ€™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 whatâ€™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 havenâ€™t asked him about it so I wonâ€™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: Itâ€™s somewhat bittersweet. Iâ€™m looking forward to it as Iâ€™m a bit tired and want to do other things. Iâ€™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, Iâ€™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/
Posted originally: 2006-10-31 16:36:50