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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

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.

Michel Fiffe Brings Panorama to Dark Horse

From Michel Fiffe, the creator of Copra, comes the new horror graphic novel Panorama, arriving May 2020.

Panorama brings to life the story of teen couple Kim and Augustus as they run away from their small town to the city. Upon their arrival, the couple is forced to navigate a horrific shared ability that will shape their lives forever. These runaways face hardships they never imagined as they define their identity, find love, and survive a gruesome metamorphosis unlike anything ever seen before.

The 144-page Panorama arrives in comic shops May 27, 2020 and bookstores June 9, 2020 for $19.99.

Panorama

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

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte

Michel Fiffe (w & a & c)

Visionary creator Michel Fiffe unleashes his imagination on the thrilling, amazing, and wonderful world of G.I. JOE! Eccentric soldiers battling bizarre terrorists take center stage in this bombastic account of G.I. Joe’s quintessential mission against Cobra! Through a beachside ambush, a compromised manhunt, and a revenge plan that backfires, America’s fighting elite risk life, love, and honor in this brutal globe-spanning adventure. Also contains back-up material featuring an in-depth exploration of the classic comic book series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

TPB • FC • $15.99 • 96 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-524-1

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Sierra Muerte

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

Copra Gets a New First Issue this October

The popular indie series Copra found a new publisher in Image Comics this year and now it’s getting a new first issue. Michel Fiffe has revealed Copra #1, out this October. This is a brand new series and not a reprint of the original series. The new first issue picks up where the previous series left off with issue #31.

Copra is an “indie” Suicide Squad with Fiffe delivering a small press/alternative take on the popular superhero genre.

The series has been collected in five volumes that are well worth getting. Get Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5 now and find out why this is a hidden gem of a comic series.

You can also listen to Fiffe talk Copra and more on Graphic Policy Radio.

Copra 2019 #1
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