He can hybridize some of the most iconic silver age comic book heroes and manga/anime superstars in an entirely new pop art form (or we should better say poptage form). Welcome Paintmarvels! Taking his cue from such masters as Jack Kirby, John Romita, Mike Sekowsky and Alex Ross, he can arrange for the most wished-for superhero crossovers in a life time of pop culture adoration. Wonder Moon or Hulkboy already mix Japan with the US or past with the present. Temporal and geographic boundaries get blurred when affinity and convergence are at stake.
The word you use for your art is “POPTAGE”; how did you invent the term?
The word “POPTAGE” comes from a combination of two words and styles that influenced my work: “pop art” and “Vintage Style”. As you can see, I am a huge fan of classic stuff and my poptage style is a tribute to all my favorite artists.
How did you start making remixes/mashup between heroes?
I love to mix heroes, but I don’t do it all the time; some are my ideas, and sometimes they are requests from other artists. What I really like to mix is the silver age comic style with classic Japanese heroes – they are two different worlds, but I love to see that “East meets West” through my drawings.
Your comic style transcends into crossover art that merges famous characters with original ones; where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from many sources – from cartoons and anime that I saw as a kid, my collection of classic toys, and especially from my favorite artists like Jack Kirby, John Romita, Mike Sekowsky and Alex Ross. I’ve always said that my style is a mixture of all the artists I admire.
Some of your characters are from very old animations; do you want to preserve their memory, or do you want to make them known to the younger public?
Exactly. I like to see the younger generations interested in the heroes of yesterday; I’m surprised to see how young artists really like my style, even if they don’t know that it is inspired from the comics that their parents used to read. It really is very flattering.
You must have a favorite hero. Can you reveal his name and, also, can you please share with us in what way did he influence you?
It’s funny, but I’ve never done a fan-art of my favorite hero! Do you want to know who he is? Of course, no other than Blind hero Daredevil! By the way, I still have a costume of DD in my closet; you never know when you need to use it!
Tell us about your next project…
My next work is a tribute to one of the Japanese series that made me dream when I was a little child. It’s called “Sankuokai”, known by some as “Message from the stars”. So stay tuned…