If you’ve been following me on Twitter or even reading the blog here for a while today’s Month of Awesomeness member probably won’t surprise you – and that’s a good thing because I think more and more people should know about Pascalle Lepas. I had her as a guest recently on a podcast where I told her that I consider her as a muse, and it’s absolutely true. I’ve been following Paz‘s art for a while and watching her grow has been inspiring but what she is doing now is just breath-taking.
In case you missed the podcast, here’s a bit of a refresher: Paz worked on a comic called Zap! for about ten years. The comic was very successful, her art was incredible, but the story eventually came to an end. Earlier this year she started her second comic called Wilde Life and it’s taken off like a wild fire. (Yeah, I made that joke, wanna make somethin’ of it?) Wilde Life is already a huge success in it’s own right with tons of attention, it’s joined the megasuccessful Hiveworks collective, and has a solid backing on Patreon as well.
So what makes her comic so great? Well, first off her writing is top notch. She has such brilliant and unique characters that you are immediately drawn into their stories. Even better, she crafts such natural dialogue that you feel attached and carried away – it’s a subtle art and Paz has mastered it.
That is gorgeous. It’s real. If you’ve ever been in or even driven through Arkansas or Kansas or Oklahoma you know how true to reality that picture is. The colors are muted but they still jump out at you. That sky is SPOT ON. I love how the light just eeks through those trees on the edge. Here’s another panel I pulled and you can see how the light from the window as a contrast to the super muted colors just sets the whole tone for this image. I wish I could do that! That is pure art eye.
Now, I don’t wanna go all gaga about her colors and lights and completely ignore the fact that she’s a brilliant artist who’s completely found her stride. In general I’d say Pascalle is the complete comic package. Great art, great writing, and a great spirit.
So, if you somehow missed out on her first comic Zap! or her new super creation Wilde Life you can catch up on them now, learn why Paz is so dang ryboflavin, and help celebrate her spot in the Month of Awesomeness.
P.S. – here’s the podcast in case you missed it the first time for all your earafication needs!