This coming Friday, September 26th, is this kick-off of the 2014 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, and, being Nashville residents, all of us here at 4LN are very excited! We want you guys to be excited too! So everyday this week we’re going to bring you an interview with a different Comic Con Special Guest! First up is artist and illustrator, Bill Pulkovski…
4LN – When did you first realize you had a talent for art and illustration?
Bill Pulkovski – I was really young, probably 8-10 years old. It was a boring afternoon and I was looking for something to do. As I laid on my bed thinking of something to occupy my time, I caught myself staring at a poster on my wall of Disney’s Pinocchio. I picked up a pencil, grabbed some paper and proceeded to recreate the poster. So, it’s as simple as a kid trying to entertain himself one boring afternoon. I was hooked ever since.
4LN – Who are some of your artistic influences?
BP – Boy! Where to begin?! Well, I’m a child of the 90’s so it started with Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Dale Keown, Adam Kubert and many other greats from that era. In high school, my art teacher introduced me to Frank Frazetta and Alex Ross. In college I met my mentor, Matt Busch and was introduced to Drew Struzan, John Alvin, Boris Vallejo and Dave Dorman. Today I find myself going back and appreciating great artists I missed in my youth like Brian Bolland, Mike Mignola, Art Adams and Bernie Wrightson. Not to mention Tim Bradstreet, Adam Hughes and David Mack.
4LN – You’ve worked on projects for properties from Marvel, Star Wars, etc. Do you have a favorite past project that sticks out as having been especially exciting to work on?
BP – Can’t pick just one! I was stoked with my first gig painting covers for a small publisher. I was on cloud nine doodling my first Star Wars sketch cards for Topps. I was ecstatic when I got to work on my first Marvel project drawing the characters I grew up reading for Marvel licensee, Rittenhouse. I can say that creating my first Lucasfilm licensed Star Wars print was special as it was for charity supporting the American Diabetes Association. That hit home as my mother lives with diabetes.
4LN – Do you have any upcoming projects or ventures that we should keep our eyes peeled for?
BP -I’m currently working on Star Wars and Marvel trading cards, A children’s book titled Annabel lee’s Kingdom by The Sea and am working on a book called Gun Slingers from Rocket Ink Studios all to be released next year.
4LN – What advice would you give a young, aspiring artists?
BP – Hone your craft. Absorb everything you can from your teachers and influences! Have your portfolio reviewed by as many pros as you can and LISTEN to the criticisms. Then GET OUT THERE! Do conventions, use social media, network and put yourself out there. Be great and be seen!
4LN – This next series of questions is our Lightening Round. Just answer with the first thing that comes to mind…What’s your all-time favorite comic series?
BP- Locke and Key was amazing and left me wanting so much more!
4LN – “The most underrated film, in my opinion, is…”
BP – 80’s flick, Dream a Little Dream.
4LN – Would you rather have a beer with Wolverine, a horn cup of mead with Thor, or a glass of fine Scotch with Tony Stark?
BP – Mead is pretty damn good in my opinion.
4LN – What’s your favorite album by your favorite band?
BP – The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
4LNAre you more of a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, or “Family Matters” kind of guy?
Long live The Prince!
4LN – “The one dessert I can’t live without is…”
BP – A white blondie from Applebees
4LN – If you could have the opportunity to work on ANY comic book character of your choice, who would you choose?
BP – Daredevil
4LN – Final question: Which fictional monster (Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein monster, Werewolf, etc.) do you think would make the best government leader, and why?
BP – Igor! Government leaders after all, are servants of the people.
You can check out more of Bill’s work at his website, www.billpulkovski.com, and make sure to drop by Bill’s booth at Nashville Comic Con this weekend and say hi!