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Paul Gulacy

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Comic book artist - Cover work of Catwoman, Batman VS Predator and Shang Chi : Master of Kung Fu. Synopsis - Paul took time out from his busy schedule to answer all of our questions! His talent is exceptional so I had to interview Gulacy, he is now working on the Catwoman DC comics. He is notabarbly known for his work in Master of Kung-fu.

Question � How have comics improved and changed over the years? Has their calibre degraded in terms of story, originality and art?

Gulacy - From my perspective I think there is an honest effort to put out a quality product by all of the publishers. Who wants to put out a product that they know is lousy? I think there have been magnificent works through the years. I'm not fond of any kind of "hot look" that overwhelms everything else, but that is often dictated by the readers. Sometimes readers have bad taste. Just look at the music industry and what fans there consider wonderful. In regards to the story, no amount of cool art is going to save it. However on the other hand, we now have very talented writers working in the field. As far as originality I think it was Mick Jagger that said "nothing is new, all we have is the recycled past."

Question - At any one time did you consider certain pieces of work unsuitable for use / could infringe on other culture and laws?

Gulacy - Well, I've done work for hustler magazine that I considered unsuitable for my self esteem. I've probably done some scenes in my comics that were questionable in regards to good taste.Paul Gulacy - Interview

Question � Did you do an extensive study on the human figure and learn anatomy for some of your artwork? What other forms of research did you do and what do you still find hard to draw?

Paul Gulacy - InterviewGulacy - I learned quite a bit about anatomy early on when I was working on master of kung fu and studying Bruce lee's physique. That dude was out of control. I keep an extensive reference file in my studio that ranges from the human body to cars, planes, boats, buildings, you name it. There is no time to stumble around, you have to have it accessible at all times. However, it's not unusual for me to spend an hour looking for that one unique shot. sometimes I can't find it and just have to wing it. One of the hardest things to draw for me is the jaw line of a pretty woman's face. I'm currently working on the monthly Catwoman and I will use photography when need be. Right now I have three different models posing for me as Catwoman.

Question - What aspects of your personality have you engraved into your work? Do you feel that your creations are somewhat a reflection of your mood and character? Therefore how has your work and personality altered over the course of time?

Gulacy - Going through a couple of divorces will alter your personality real quick. no, I'm sure every artist puts a little of themselves in their stories. That's pretty common. A lot of expressions on my characters are me holding a mirror. Once again it's back to that no time to lose thing. Also, if you see some really knock down-drag out violent fight scene, that could very well be me on a bad day just getting it all out.

Question - How do you form the pose do the writers tell you exactly what they want?

Gulacy - No writer ever tells me how to draw, Rob. much of it is out of my head but I also photograph models.