Humberto Ramos is a busy man. Whether he's drawing the all-new adventures of Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, or working on his newest creator-owned projects with BOOM! Studios, he's hard to get ahold of sometimes.
Luckily, BOOM! Grabbed a few minutes with the popular artist to get some details on their newest project with him, a black-and-white artist-focused re-release, Revelations: Pen & Ink, his series with writer Paul Jenkins, which they've generously sent our way. They only have the cover to provide so far, so they sent along a preview of this week's first ever Pen & Ink title, Day Men.
BOOM! Studios: How did Revelations: Pen & Ink come about?
Humberto Ramos: You know, happily, we’ve found in BOOM! a home for all the projects we’ve done in the past few years, and they asked me to do a Pen & Ink project. We talked about all the comics I’ve done, and the only [project] that came to my head was Revelations. I love all of the books I’ve done and created, but the one that can really can take advantage of the Pen & Ink treatment is Revelations. This is maybe one of the most intimate stories I’ve done, so I think it’s a good way to honor what BOOM! offered when they asked me to do a Pen & Ink.
Revelations is a project that was borne from my own questions about faith. The idea of this book is where faith lies and what makes people have faith. Of course, we dressed it with action through a crime story, but the main thing about Revelations is faith. I wanted to share all these feelings and questions that I believe everyone has in their life at some point regarding faith.
BOOM: What can people look forward to hearing about what you did to research Revelations?
Ramos: What I can say about Revelations is that I don’t think I’ve ever prepared as much for any project as I did for this book.
I traveled all the way to Vatican City, just to do research. I’ve never done that before. To travel specifically to do research for a project—it’s not something I do often. This is just a project I wanted to tell differently. I wanted people to see my work differently, to take me seriously. People [say] that I’m a cartoony-style guy—and that’s okay, I like [being labeled like that]—but I also wanted to show a different part of my range, and that’s what Revelations shows. You’ll see in this particular Pen & Ink things I always wanted people to see, the way they were drawn, the texture and feeling, and the rawness. I’ll finally be able to share that with people.
BOOM: What are your impressions of the first Pen & Ink title, Day Men, and artist Brian Stelfreeze?
Ramos: I love the size. I love it because, as a reader, the size feels like how it was created the first time. I don’t think there [are many] labels that allow you, as a creator, to share that with other people. We all know the traditional comic book size, [but] this is the real size we work in. Again, just the size, not even opening the book yet, makes me look forward to what people will think of Revelations.
I’ve always been a Brian Stelfreeze fan, always. So when I heard he was doing a Pen & Ink project, [and] now that I just got it, I can’t wait to enjoy this because he’s a great artist and a great guy.