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Comics Artist/Writer Michel Fiffe of COPRA. Taking Risks & Making Monsters

“Realism is unfortunate”- Michel Fiffe

Michel Fiffe is the creator/writer /artist of the action series COPRA. He’s worked with Marvel and DC on top of fully producing Panorama for Dark Horse, Bloodstrike: Brutalists for Image Comics, and Zegas for Fantagraphics.

We talk about the development of comics art styles in-depth and a graph he made attempting to chart where some of his favorite artists’ style fall on a scale of realistic to cartoony, messy to clean. So get artsy with us!

“It’s a comic, take a risk, do something different”

“Go to a museum, open up a fashion magazine, watch a documentary on Klaus Nomi. Do anything but look at a comic book for inspiration. That’s what Kirby did!”

“The 90s isn’t just Jim Lee”

His interview of artist Trevor Von Eeden

Follow Michel Fiffe on Twitter

Review: Copra #39

Copra is back with Copra Press! Copra #39 continues “the Ochizon Saga” as the team battles demi-gods with twists and turns throughout.

The comic is back in its “old” style and it feels so good. If you’ve never read Copra, you’re missing out on some fantastic indie superhero comics.

Story: Michel Fiffe
Art: Michel Fiffe

Get your copy now! Get it directly from Fiffe or digitally.

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Review: Copra #38

Copra is back with Copra Press! Copra #38 continues “the Ochizon Saga” as the team battles demi-gods.

The comic is back in its “old” style and it feels so good. If you’ve never read Copra, you’re missing out on some fantastic indie superhero comics.

Story: Michel Fiffe
Art: Michel Fiffe

Get your copy now! Get it directly from Fiffe or digitally.

Copra website
comiXology

Comics Deserve Better Episode 13: These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar

On this week’s Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan dig into These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar. It’s historical fiction-meets-horror set in 18th century Southeast India and effectively decolonizes the vampire story while also riffing on epistolary novels and nine-panel grids. They also chat about the 2020 Ringo Award winners, Copra‘s new publishing format, and Elsa Charretier’s Kickstarter. Other comics mentioned on the show include Dracula Motherf**ker, Shuzo Oshimi‘s Happiness, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood, Sympathy for No Devils, Papaya Salad, and Sophia Yanow‘s Contradiction (Episode art by Sumit Kumar)

Copra Press is Back with New Issues of Copra

Copra #38

Michel Fiffe has announced the return of Copra Press. He self-publishing and directly releasing individual issues of his hit indie series Copra starting with issues #38 and #39 which are available right now for order.

Continuing “The Ochizon Saga,” the series returns to its legacy numbering as well as its original paper stock.

The decision to bring Copra back to its indie press roots is due to delays at the distributor, presses shutting down, and general business impact due to the pandemic. The return to self-publishing allows Fiffe to retain better control over the situation.

In February 2019 it was announced the Fiffe’s Copra was moving from Bergen Street Press to Image Comics. The series relaunched with a new first issue in October 2019 with Image releasing single issues and previously released trades of the series.

Since the switch, Image has released six new issues of Copra. Though the “Round 6” trade, which collected the Image releases, was available for pre-order, it has since been pulled and rescheduled for release at a later date. Image will continue to publish the collections of Copra leaving Fiffe to focus on single issues.

You can order Copra #38 and #39 now.

Comics Deserve Better Episode 9: Copra Round One by Michel Fiffe

In the penultimate episode of this season of Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan talk about the re-release of the Scott Pilgrim beat ’em up and the Little Bird prequel. However, the main attraction is a lively chat about Michel Fiffe‘s ass-kicking Silver Age-Ditko-meets-Bronze-Age-Ostrander pastiche, Copra. Other comics mentioned, include On the Stump, Klaus Hargreeves’ solo comic, Slaughterhouse-Five, Flower of the Deep Sleep, and Heavy #1.

Around the Tubes

Spider-Woman #1

It’s new comic book day (sort of. kind of.) so go out and support your local comic shop! But BE SAFE! What comics do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that and wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – IDW Publishing Ekes Out Quarterly Profit – Interesting. Good to see the publishing side being profitable.

The Beat – Exclusive: COPRA to transition to miniseries format in June, kicking off with COPRA: The Ochizon Saga – Interesting move.

Reviews

ICv2 – Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 1
Newsarama – Outlawed #1
Newsarama – Spider-Woman #1
Pop Horror – Zombie Jesus Vampire Hunter: The Codices Vol. 1

Review: Copra #1

Copra #1

Copra #1 kicks off a whole new volume of the beloved and praised indie series. But, it’s a new volume that’s really just a continuation of the old volume.

Creator Michel Fiffe has the difficult job of creating a first issue that is for both new and old readers. Copra had previously had a nice run with a lot of history and intrigue. Throwing that out and starting over would anger the fans who have been loyal for years. Still, with a new publisher, there’s an opportunity for a whole new audience looking for a superhero/spandex story not from the big two. Fiffe does a decent job in balancing the two aspects.

Copra follows a squad of members who will all remind you of other heroes from other publishers. That’s part of the fun. Fiffe gives them all enough of a twist to defy expectations or goes over the top with those expectations. It’s an off the rails indie version of Suicide Squad and it works so well.

The first issue picks up on their misadventures referencing where the previous volume ended but also attempting to give a starting point for new readers. It does a decent job at the latter though falls more into the former. So, it’s not completely new reader friendly.

Fiffe does do his best with an issue packed with materials explaining characters and what’s happened so far and that might help. Really, you should go back and get everything anyways since it’s that good.

The art is the usual pop indie style that Fiffe brings to everything he does. The style is unique and unlike anything else in comics and on the shelves. There’s something fun about the style.

Copra #1 isn’t the best starting point for new readers but does feel a bit like a fresh start at the same time with an energy befitting its new publisher Image Comics. If you’re looking for spandex action beyond the big two, it really doesn’t get much better than this and even with a higher profile Copra #1 continues the attitude that has made the series stand out.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Vampire State Building

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Are You Listening? (First Second) – Tillie Walden’s latest is an intimate and emotional story about friendship, grief, and healing.

Black Terror #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Max Bemis takes on the classic character taking readers for a ride through the life of superhero and all the weirdness along the way.

Bury the Lede (BOOM! Studios) – A young reporter gets tied up in a murder mystery.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1 (Lion Forge) – Announced over a year ago, the Catalyst Prime universe comes together for its first event.

Copra #1 (Image Comics) – The indie superhero comic gets a new start. Think an off the rails Suicide Squad where anything can happen.

Dead Eyes #1 (Image Comics) – An old school gangster is back out of retirement. This issue has been a long time coming and we’re intrigued.

House of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s reworking of the X Universe begins to wrap up and we want to see how this ends!

Mezo Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – This publisher is trying something different with their single issues in that they’re releasing a premium first then you can buy the rest in trade or digitally. The concept is intriguing and we want to see if this has that extra something to hook readers to go along with this new distribution plan.

Nomen Omen #1 (Image Comics) – A new urban fantasy tale of witchcraft is perfectly timed for the Halloween season.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s the Cold War and the Soviets have a secret weapon, an alien monster they don’t understand and can’t control.

Thanos: Infinity Ending (Marvel) – The conclusion to Jim Starlin and Alan Davis’ trilogy!

Vampire State Building #1 (Ablaze) – Artist Charlie Adlard goes from zombies to vampires! A group is caught in the Empire State Building as a legion of vampires attacks. It’s a battle to stop them from escaping and getting out of the building alive!

Copra Returns with an All-New Ongoing Series in October

We reported when it was first announced but officially, Michel Fiffe’s critically-acclaimed superhero revenge series Copra will be returning with an all-new #1 launching this October from Image Comics.

Fiffe has earned praise for his work on ZegasGI Joe: Sierra MuerteBloodstrike Brutalists, and All-New Ultimates—but his creator-owned superhero series Copra is far and away his most renowned and sought-after work. The original sold-out 31-issue series ended on a cliffhanger, and fans have been clamoring for the next chapter ever since.

Copra #1 (Diamond Code AUG190053) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 2 and features 36 pages written, drawn, colored, and lettered by Fiffe. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 9.

Copra #1
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