After a short break from our regular Friday feature, "10 Questions with..." is making a triumphant return this week with cover artist extraordinairre W. SCOTT FORBES. You've seen his work on Nick Spencer's FORGETLESS and he has followed that up with gorgeous tribute covers for 27: FIRST SET and 27: SECOND SET. Our friend from up North took some time to let us all get to know him a little bit better, and we didn't even have to sell our souls to do it!
1) You're becoming very well known for your covers (specifically FORGETLESS and both 27 and 27: Second Set). Do you also plan to do any interiors in the future?
I’d love to be able to go back and do some interiors but my problem is that I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to my work. That said, if I was given more time to produce the pages then I’d definitely be up for the task.
2) Who is your favorite One-Hit Wonder performer and song?
That is a tough call...it would probably depend on my mood but as of right now I’m enjoying “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone, “You’ve got the Music in You” by The New Radicals and “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls. [27 writer] Charles [Soule] tried to convince me that Amy Winehouse was a one hit wonder but I wasn’t having any of it!
3) Do you have a favorite finished piece of your own work?
The one that has yet to be finished? Haha, well as of today, my favorite piece would have to be the new cover for the FORGETLESS second printing trade. With that illustration, everything came together really well and I think it best represents my talents and skills -- it’s rare you find that kind of artistic harmony in your work.
4)You've got a very impressive pompadour. Who would you say has the quintessential coif?
Thank you very much! Though I’m itching to switch it up. I don’t know if it’s because I am watching too much Food Network but I’d have to give the quintessential coif to either Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Johnny Iuzzini or the model Jon Kortajarena.
5) How would you feel if you learned tomorrow that you could no longer do anything digital and instead had to rely solely on doing it the old fashioned way?
It would certainly be a few rough days but after the withdrawal, I’d get back in my studio, crack open my acrylics or watercolors and just keep going at it. The only pure digital portion of my process is the color work - everything else is usually cleaned up on paper and then scanned.
6) Are you a fan of poutine and where is the best place to get it in Toronto?
To be honest - I’m not a huge fan of poutine (yes, I am a disgrace to the homeland!) but from what I’ve experienced - my favorite poutine would have to be from ‘Smoke’s Poutinerie’. They have a lot of variety from bacon or curry chicken poutine to nacho veggie or philly cheese steak poutine. What Americans really need to discover are donairs... (Editor's Note: A donair is a delicious-looking variation on a Greek Gyro,)
7) Have you ever had to draw anything that made you feel uncomfortable?
The only piece I’ve ever had some hesitation towards was the pitch cover I created for Sleepwalker. I’m not a huge fan of violence or blood so I tried to come up with a concept that conveyed the ideas in the book without it being overwhelmingly gory.
8) Which do you enjoy more: photography or drawing?
I like both for different reasons. With photography, there’s definitely some instant gratification that comes with it, in that you see the results of your efforts immediately. With illustration or drawing, it’s more of a process -- it takes more time to see your progress. Both are very rewarding to me and I don’t know if I’d be able to choose which one I prefer more.
9) Is there anything that would make you pull a Will Garland and have you essentially make a deal with the devil?
Can’t say there is. Thankfully.
10) What is the influence of music in your life?
I suppose like anyone I have an interesting relationship with music. I listen to a wide variety of artists and find different styles inspiring in their own way. In terms of my art, I think music - particularly with a series like 27 which celebrates the whole music culture - fuels the imagery of the pieces I’m working on. Of course, it’s not always as profound as that; sometimes I just like listening to a catchy pop tune while working on my latest piece.
The first issue of 27: SECOND SET came out this past Wednesday and is still available in local comic shops and for purchase online. The second printing of the FORGETLESS TPB will be released in November.