We recently had the exciting opportunity to catch up with Marc Laming, the current artist on the popular BLOODSHOT ongoing series at Valiant Entertainment! We dig into inspirations, working with writer Tim Seeley and even what it’s like to draw Kaiju in a comic series! See below for the full interview…
Comic Watch: To start, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us here at Comic Watch about your work at Valiant Entertainment on the Bloodshot series. Can you give us some insight on how you got started working on Bloodshot?
MARC LAMING: I had worked on several short jobs and covers when Warren Simmons was at the company so when Robert Meyers & Lysa Hawkins got in contact with me a year or so later I was very pleased to hear them as I had always enjoyed working at Valiant and needed a break from working in a galaxy far far away. I was initially offered a series of covers for Bloodshot and the Zero issue which I LOVED working on and Lysa then offered me a run on the current storyline which I jumped at because I had enjoyed working on Tim Seeley’s Zero issue script so much.
CW: With this Bloodshot series starting with Brett Booth on art, is it difficult to come in after a series has already started as an artist or were you able to hit the ground running pretty easily?
MARC: Brett and I may work very differently but I feel like Tim has been really clever with his scripts so that we get to play to our strengths and not worry about any stylistic differences there might be.
CW: What are some of the inspirations you carry into such an action-packed project like this, both in comics and in other media such as TV and film?
MARC: With a project like Bloodshot I get to bring over some of the storytelling approaches I have employed to the Star Wars books I drew at Marvel which is very much based on the documentary style of storytelling George Lucas employed on a New Hope which hopefully puts the reader right at the centre of the action and on the ground with Bloodshot rather than at a remote distance. Another obvious influence on how I approached the book are the big set pieces from the new James Bond movies.
CW: Are there any other characters at Valiant you would be excited to do the artwork on after your work on Bloodshot has wrapped?
CW: It’s certainly a great time to be a Bloodshot fan with this exciting new series and of course the live action movie starring Vin Diesel. Have you gotten a chance to see the movie and if so, what were your thoughts on it?
MARC: Comics take me a long time to make so I get very little time to watch TV and movies so I have still to see the Bloodshot movie but I’ll let you know what I thought as soon as I have!
CW: Lastly, is there anything about your upcoming work you can tell us about that fans should definitely be getting excited for?
Putting Your Mark On It: An Interview with BLOODSHOT Artist Marc Laming
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