While some of us may be delighted by the biggest and the most popular in the world of comics, we all realize that for every popular book, writer or artist there has to be a beginning. While there are many ways to success with each story finding its own route, there is one attribute that can be found in each one: talent. Up & Coming is a regular feature at Newsarama.com that seeks out the next generation of comic creators and profiles them today.
Brazilian-based artist Felipe Sobreiro has been a regular in webcomics for sometime, going all the way back to the website Opi8.com and the British anthology series Commercial Suicide. For many of his comics work he’s collaborated with his father Milton Sobreiro, including a second place finish in April’s ZudaComics.com competition. On his own, he’s illustrated stories for several well known writers including Alex de Campi and Kieron Gillen, but as of yet he hasn’t quite made a name for himself. But all that takes is time and dedication.
Newsarama, meet Felipe Sobreiro.
Newsarama: Thanks for talking to us, Felipe. What do you do for a living right now?
Felipe Sobreiro: Well, right now I work as a Spanish/Portuguese/English translator, and I also do some freelance work the rest of the time (nights, weekends, holidays), mostly illustration but also some comics.
NRAMA: What comics work have you done in the past?
Sobreiro: I started doing online comics, for Opi8.com and Nextcomics.com, I also did the art for some short comics that appeared in British anthologies. The most famous of those is a spoof called "The New Adventures of Sigmund Freud", written by Juan Arteaga, which was published in Alex de Campi's and Kieron Gillen's Commercial Suicide. I started collaborating with my father, Milton Sobreiro, who's also an artist but had never done comics, and went into coloring. Together we had a story published in Heavy Metal in 2007, and another one in the first PopgunAnthology, both written by R.G. Llarena. In June 2008, we competed on Zuda (finished on second place), and a couple of months later we started to do short stories for BOOM! Studios, mainly for Cthulhu Tales.
NRAMA: You mentioned working on Clthulhu Tales… what else do you have coming up?
Sobreiro: As a colorist I'm involved in several projects and pitches, short stories but also a couple of GNs, mostly Sci-fi. As an artist I'm sort of "coming back"... I had to stop it for a time, while I finished my studies. I had a hard time balancing my day job, the school and my comics.
NRAMA: Do you have a dream project you'd like to work on? IF so, what is it?
Sobreiro: I have several dreams comics-wise. Working for certain publishers, with certain creators... but the biggest one would be to write and draw my own graphic novel. I have bits and pieces of stories but I've never sat down to do solid writing... Also, my dream as a teenager was to draw an issue of Lobo!
NRAMA: Well, Lobo would tell you to goto school… well, I’m lying about that. But did you go to school for art?
Sobreiro: I did went to school, in the end of 2008 I finished my degree on Plastic Arts here on my city. I went to the "Universidade de Brasília". It was useful in parts, but they focused mostly on contemporary art (installations and such), so I ended up having to develop my personal work by myself, mostly. My final project had many elements of sequential narrative and was well accepted, so I got my way in the end...
NRAMA: And what initially prompted you to get into art?
Sobreiro: As I mentioned before, my father's an artist as well, so I was influenced by him from an early age. He never pushed me towards it, he knows Art is a complicated path to follow, professionally speaking, but he was a steady guide and always supported me - and still does.