Blade Wade is beautiful. It’s about pirates, battles, swords, boots and men in breeches. How could I resist? Coming out in August from Bruno Gmünder, this erotic high seas adventure is something you’ll not want to miss.
The artwork was captivating and sensual. It seamlessly blends adventure with more whimsical and tender panels that appealed immensely to my inner romance geek. The coloring was warm and lush and compliments the art, which in parts has a sexy squared off look. The authentic costuming, look of the characters and attention to detail all makes for some incredibly appealing viewing.
Black Wade is written, illustrated and colored by Italian artists Franze and Andärle. They have kindly agreed to answer a few questions (despite my lack of Italian!!) and share a little about themselves…
I live in Italy near Milan and I’m a professional illustrator. I’m 42 old years and drawing comics and illustrations for children since I was 16 old years. I worked, and I work at moment with major publishers in the world ….
Black Wade is my first experience (as a designer) about a comic erotic / gay … it has been fun drawing it, but I don’t know if this experience will be repeated …
Usually I work in the field of comics / illustrations for children … Black Wade was born how joke, we didn’t think could become a book.
For drawing the character Black Wade, I was inspired myself by a player of the Italian national rugby that I love!!!! … Wade looks like very much to him …
About my work I’m designer and colorer, but in the case of Black Wade the colors are by my colleague and friend, Anderle… he specializes in color.
I like to create characters in pencil …. At moment I’m working on a comic dark / gothic for childrens with a my friend. Since I started working on Black Wade I discovered many talented designers in the field of comics hard / gay…I like very much Patrick Fillion especially as an artist, but I disagree with him about to draw the penis of the characters so big … . in my opinion remove eroticism at them… it’s only my personal taste ….
When working with someone, I usually take care of pencils …. and I leave the colorist to decide the tones and colors of the atmosphere … I’m exacting, I controlling only the faces of the characters.
In general about me: I love art deco, and especially the artist ERTé designer. About the cartoons I’m an absolute admirer of Miyazaki, Shingo Araki, and Walt Disney … and about comics my favorite artist is Yumiko Igarashi (Candy Candy). How you can see they are all artist for children
I love traveling, and I love New York!!!! …. I go there often. I have a boyfriend from 14 years. My favorite sports are rugby and swimming. About the music I’m an absolute fan of Pet Shop Boys, who regularly I go to see in concert in London … and Italy’s singer Laura Pausini.
I hate all social network, chat and anything that makes impersonal encounters between people. I use the computer only for work, and to find material’s references …. but I love my Apple G5! To color, I use photoshop.
I live in Italy, in a town in the Alps, close to the Dolomites (beautiful mountains!). I’m 43 years old. I started working as a graphic advertisement. But from 12 years I working as illustrator in publishing books for children and comics. As well as for Franze, Black Wade was my first experience about a comic erotic / gay.
I love my job. It allows me to travel with the imagination! With pencil and colors I can create different worlds… I am never bored!!!
I am specialized in digital coloring. As with Black Wade I collaborate with other designers. Important is to find an agreement between pencil and color. The final product is “the son” of both the styles of the two artists!
But now I like to read very different things. Everything gives me new ideas. I like very much the work of Guarnido with Blacksad – Enrique Fernandez with “LeMagicien d’Oz” and “Liberadores”. Between the designers of gay comics I like Patrick Fillion, David Cantero and Kinu Sekigushi.
Thank you so much Franze and Andärle for taking the time to reply. Your work is something rather special and I hope there is a Black Wade #2!!
Franze and Andärle also have a very cool website with more images and book details. Check it out here!