Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: You recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in conjunction with Clover Press for your new art book, Travelers. What can you share with us about your curation of the 100 paintings included in this collection?
Aron Wiesenfeld: It’s a selection of artworks from the past 6 years, picking up where my previous book, The Well, left off. I think that when flipping through the book, the reader will get a strong suggestion of potential stories from the juxtaposition of images. In my paintings, my goal is always to invite the viewer to participate in the telling of a story or be engaged by a mystery. The ordering of images in the book presented an unexpected creative opportunity to do that, and I hope readers will enjoy it.
BD: Your work has spanned comic book to fine art, with titles including Y: The Last Man, Deathblow/Wolverine, and more. What can you tell us about your creative process in transitioning from interior and cover artwork for comics to working with oils, charcoal, watercolor, and pencil on canvas?
AW: The main difference for me is that comics art is in service to a story, and painting is not. There are comics artists who create stories panel by panel (Moebieus comes to mind.) but the comics I worked on always had a story firmly in place before the starting the art. So, for example, you can't step back from a comics panel and say, “Actually, I wish that man was a girl, and I want it to be a snow scene instead of autumn.” I like that painting allows for that kind of change of direction. The two mediums just involve different approaches. In comics, there is often more planning, and you have to think in terms of a story arc, pacing and all that.
BD: How do you feel that your work on Travelers compares to or differs from your previous collection, The Well, and what do you hope that readers will take away from this new work?
AW: The Well covered 15 years of my paintings and drawings and included a lot of the experimentation of my earlier development as a painter. This time around, I feel like I have a better grasp on what I’m trying to accomplish with my paintings, so Travelers is more coherent. I hope that readers will be engaged with the images in a way that draws them in, and want to know more.
BD: In light of the Kickstarter campaign, are there any particular backer rewards that you would like to highlight for our readers?
AW: There are some limited edition prints still available, along with special editions of the book and other unique items.