10 Questions with Marguerite Sauvage

I’m honored to have Marguerite Sauvage as our next guest in the “10 Questions…” booth! Just like her DC Bombshells heroines are doing this week at comic book shops, Marguerite has exploded onto the comics scene this last year with her elegantly, fluid line work and her classic sense of style!

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She’s contributed covers to many popular titles, including Ninjak & Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer for Valiant, along with Wolf Moon & Hinterkind for Vertigo/DC. Sauvage has also been doing more interior artwork of late, including contributions to 1602 Witch Hunter Angela with her Bombshells collaborator Marguerite Bennett, Thor Annual #1 with Lumberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson, and a critically acclaimed story for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman.

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Although, we don’t go into any details about this in the interview, it’s worth noting that Marguerite is a self taught artist who, before working in comics, had carved out a successful career as an illustrator and animator. Her list of clients is an impressive one, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Le Figaro, Reader Digest, Marie Claire, and Flaunt. She’s native French, currently based out of Montreal, Quebec, but her art knows no boundaries!

OK, so let’s get to it and learn what there is to learn about this great artist!

1. Blue Velvet or Mulholland Drive?

This is a hard question! I really love them both and they are different enough to be able to make a clear choice.

Blue Velvet may be a little more “crushy crush” for me, as I saw it before Mulholland Drive and it came with all the essence of what made me love Lynch in the first place.

2. Do you ever drink and draw or partake in any other vices while making comics??

I drink too much coffee.

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3. Your artwork on the digital first series DC Comics Bombshells is impressing fans and critics alike! I’m a little old fashioned, so I’m excited that the print edition is here. For your artwork and for reading comics in general, do you have a personal preference between digital and print?

I’m a little old fashioned, too. I really love paper and enjoy reading print versions. I feel it’s more comfortable and easier to look deeper in the art and I like the feel of paper. For working, I prefer print as well. I like working on the print gabarit over the digital-first one, where it’s required to cut the page in the middle.

4. What was the last good movie you’ve seen?

It was Felix and Meira. I saw it on the plane a few days ago. Just before that it was Incendies. Both are made by Quebecer directors, Maxime Giroux and Denis Villeneuve. I moved to Montreal recently, so I do my best to know all the great artists in Quebec and Canada.

Felix and Meira is a love story about the meeting of two people from two different worlds living in the same neighborhood. It’s also a good illustration about freedom and religion. The actors, the story, and the film-making are excellent, mature, and clever.

I added Incendies to my Netflix DVD queue and I see that Felix and Meira will be available on Sept. 29th here in the U.S. Thanks for the suggestions, Marguerite! -AY

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5. Some great artists like Ant Lucia and Emanuela Luppachino are doing covers for Bombshells. Is there any chance we’ll see you doing any of the regular or variant covers in the future?

Actually, I asked to do some covers on Bombshells, but the service taking care of covers is not the one taking care of sequential. So, now all I can do is just cross my fingers so they think of me for some of those upcoming covers. I’d love to do some for sure!

I think we’d all love to see you doing covers for Bombshells! OK, DC, make it happen! -AY

6. Do you and Bombshells writer Marguerite Bennett have long term plans for these alternate reality WWII superheroes? It seems like there could be an endless number of storylines to explore. Also, do you have any favorite DC characters you’d like to bring into the Bombshells universe??

I initiated the project with Marguerite Bennett on the first 3 episodes (first printed chapter) and then I will popup sometimes in different episodes. Bombshells is a digital-weekly 10 pages, so that mean 30 to 40 pages per month, which requires to alternate between different sequential artists.

My favourite DC character is Wonder Woman and I was lucky enough to draw her in episode 2!

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7. Describe your worst dating experience.

You mean like an embarrassing moment when your cocktail goes the wrong way and you spit everything back on the shirt and face of your partner? Yes, I’ve done that.

Don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there before! -AY

8. Do you actually have time to read comics yourself? If yes, can you tell us what you’ve been reading lately?

I don’t have that much time to read comics, but ask other comics creators and they will probably answer the same! Nevertheless, lately I’ve read and loved Saga, Black Science, Pretty Deadly, The Wicked+TheDivine and The Divine (Hanuka brothers with Boaz Lavie). I’ve also been enjoying Batgirl, Black Canary, Gotham Academy, American Vampire and Robin Son of Batman.

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9. Can you share any funny or embarrassing comic convention moments with us? Have you ever been “star struck” by meeting any famous creator or celebrity at a convention??

I’ve not done that many conventions, but the few that I have done all the people were lovely! And, yes, I’m often star struck and very, very shy in front of people I admire. I feel totally dumb in what I could say !

10. Besides Bombshells, what else do you have planned for 2015 and beyond?

Covers and shorts and who knows!

Thanks for playing, Marguerite!

*Pictures of Marguerite Sauvage and her work were provided by the internet. Thx!

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