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Marvel comics’ Spider-Man illustrator Humberto Ramos will be coming for the Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention in September – we caught him mid-swing
Comic artist Humberto Ramos has his hand in Spider-Man in Marvel’s “multi-verses” as well as his own books, Crimson and Out There.
Ramos comes to Singapore for the first time in September for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) to be held at Marina Bay Sands. We managed to catch him before his arrival.
You’ve been a comic artist for a long time; can you keep up with all the multiverses of all your characters?
No [laughs], I don’t read comic books anymore. That’s the sad thing of doing this for a living. I don’t have that much free time [laughs] but when I have some, the last thing I want to do is read comic books.
I’m aware of what’s happening in the Marvel Universe because, as part of the Spider-Man team, we have to be aware of what’s going on in the other books. But that’s the best I do.
Will the recent Spider-Man movies have any impact on your current work in the new Amazing Spider-Man comic series?
That’s why I have Dan Slott, writer for Amazing Spider-Man. And, I think it’s the other way round.
I think my work has some impact on how they portray Spider-Man in the movies, if I can say that [laughs].
Do you have a particular favourite piece of work?
Yeah, I have pages that I like and pages that I keep for myself. Most of them are pages that are not filled with action or a big splash page or so. It’s mainly about images that I really enjoyed doing or that turned out better than anticipated or pages that nobody would care about.
Do you prefer creating your own comic series or working on already existing ideas such as X-men or Spider-Man?
I think I like doing both. It’s a different set of rules. Both still are exciting.
It’s always great to have a chance to draw iconic characters like the Marvel characters but it’s also a big excitement to come up with your own ideas, trying to build your own universes, and have this thrill mixed with excitement while being nervous.
In the Marvel universe, I would say Thanos. I had never heard of Thanos prior to the Infinity Gauntlet (series) and reading about him through the pages and how this character can beat the crap out of every superhero in the Marvel universe was awesome.
Would you ever consider creating a series based in Singapore?
Well, first I’d need to know the country; so, are you going to take me out for a tour?
By Cheryl Chia
The Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention takes place over Sep 6 & 7, at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10am-8pm. Visit www.singaporetgcc.com for tickets.
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