A scene from Shame
Spider-man, Batman, and Wolverine have all played a role in the life of Lovern Kindzierski.
Actually, you could say that Kindzierski brings these super heroes - as well as a host of villains and other dark, brooding characters - to life.
You see, Kindzierski is a Winnipeg-based colourist, illustrator and writer for some of the world's most beloved comics.
Whether it is designing colour for the X-Men, writing a series for Tarzan, or making the Dark Knight just that, a dark knight, Kindzierski has had a hand in presenting some of the world's best comics.
His work for Marvel, DC and a slew of other publishers has brought him awards and accolades for both his writing, and his work in colour.
After two decades of working on other publisher's titles, Kindzierski, along with fellow award winning artists John Bolton and Todd Klein, has now created his own series for Renegade Arts, titled Shame.
It is the story of the conception of the most beautiful and evil woman in the world; a faery tale featuring a host of demonic creatures and powerful women, told through expert storytelling with striking illustrations.
Tonight is the book launch for part one of the Shame trilogy, as Kindzierski will be presenting Shame: Conception: Part One at McNally Robinson.
Here, SCENE asked Kindzierski to shed some light on his work.
What was the first comic you bought with your own money?
The first comic book I remember was an issue of the Phantom. I was six and I bought it in Tergesson's Drug Store in Arborg. I was taken with the painted cover and I rushed home to try to reproduce the cover with my pencil and some paper. I wasn't happy with the results so I traced it and many other images from the book. I didn't have it for long because I loved it to death.
In layman's terms, what does being a colourist entail?
The colorist takes the black and white artwork and adds the basic object colours to begin with and then the real work begins. From that point the colorist has to add all of the lighting and mood.
The colour has to serve the story being told by moving the eye through the page and keeping everything clear to the reader. How the colour is applied must also follow the story. The style adds to the feel of the story and adds another layer of information to make the reader interpret the story exactly the way the writer and artist intended.
How does creating comics differ in comparison to doing animation for a major studio?
In both cases you are part of a team, but the difference is how much of a filter there is between your work and the audience.
Comics gives me much more direct access to my audience, whether I am writing or colouring. Imagine how limiting it would be to only be allowed to work on the water effects of a film. In a comic I am in charge of the colour for the entire world of the story.
Is there a specific book/series/issue you have worked on that you are especially proud of?
The Tarzan stories I wrote for Dark Horse are one. Tarzan was a favourite of my father's and that was personally satisfying. Colouring Craig Russell's adaptation of the Ring Of the Nibelung was another. That one because it was so beautiful and had to fight so hard to be published in an industry full of superheroes. And now Shame for much the same reasons. It is a story I came up with years ago and was able to get illustrated by the best artist in the world for the job. It is a writer's dream come true.
In regard to your comics, what comes first, the writing or the image?
The story! Although I must say that images of parts of the story float like dreams throughout the process. However, the images don't really become concrete until I break down the story into pages and panels.
If the Marvel and D.C. Universe really did have an all-out battle, who would come out on top?
As a writer I would have to say either or neither. I can imagine ways for both to win. A few years ago I worked on a cross over where both universes did collide. The outcome was voted on by fans and Marvel won, but it wasn't by a landslide. I didn't agree with the outcome of some of the one on one fights in the series, but the voters disagreed. I think the answer to your question is one that each and every fan of comics already knows.
Lovern Kindzierski (Holy Halftone)