We already told you all about Lightstep Chronicles, but its author remains a presence shrouded in mystery. It’s time to learn a thing or two about our talent extraordinaire, Milos Slavkovic.
Just as we were about to publish this interview, we received some phenomenal news. Milos’ work on Lightstep Chronicles has just been selected for the 2017 edition of the prestigious annual Spectrum artbook. That’s right, our very own will be featured in Spectrum 24: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art. Each year, the award-winning Spectrum series gathers the best fantasy artists from around the world. It is the only annual publication devoted to works of horror, fantasy, horror, Sci Fi, and the surreal, making each new edition one of the most highly anticipated art books.
We wish to congratulate Milos on behalf of the entire Imagine incredible team, and now we will let him tell you a few things about himself. Enjoy the read.
Tell us something about yourself, how did you get into the world of comics? Where did this love for visual stories come from and how did you start making your own?
Milos Slavkovic (MS): Hey, my name is Milos and my passions are drawing and daydreaming. Well, I always had a strong urge to tell stories, yet it was not enough to illustrate the narrative by words alone. I wanted to form actual pictures of the characters and places. Sketching, searching for the perfect outlook for my ideas is fun for me, so comic books came as the perfect amalgam of storytelling and the visual arts. Another thing is that comic books are one of the rare visual/narrative media that one can create on his own, and be the complete author – both the storyteller and the visual artist. Since I am a bit compulsive in my need to create things just the way I imagined them, this suits me perfectly.
The world of Lightstep Chronicles is quite unlike anything we have seen in science fiction before, comic books or otherwise. How did you come by the idea for it and what were your guidelines for imagining the world?
MS: It is a space opera on a dark trip, with a pinch of science-fiction. I also tried to add a bit of depth, exploring some social phenomena, like the cult of the great leader in the first episode. It seems to me that, over time, most social mechanisms become sort of habitual, symbolic things, to the point where we no longer recognize what they initially stood for. After millennia of going unchecked, they would certainly mutate into absurd things.
The visual style of the Lightstep Chronicles has your name written all over it. It seems reminiscent of certain styles, yet it has a very distinct, personal identity. What were your influences?
MS: I took what I could: a bit from the European school in frame composition and design, heroic anatomy and action-ready posing from US comics, and a dynamic page breakdown and love for foreshortening from Japanese manga.
So the names who influenced you as an author and artist are quite colorful?
MS: Yeah, there are quite a few and I’ll definitely forget someone: Frank Frazetta, Alphonse Mucha,
Masamune Shirow, Claudio Castellini, Frank Cho, Esad Ribic, Adam Hughes, Joel Jurion, Juanjo Guardino.
We hope this little chat was enough to arouse your interest in the world of Lightstep Chronicles. If any of this sounds even remotely fun, please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to learn more about the project and how you can support it.