If you've been following along with The X-Files:Season 10, you probably recognize the name. Our guest today is Elena Casagrande. You might also know her by her alter-ego, Lara West. Here at XFN, we know her as the skilled hand behind The X-Files Season 10: issue numbers 6 & 7. Elena is the artist behind bringing Flukey back to life and we think she did a pretty fantastic job. Elena has previously worked on comic books series such as Star Trek, Spider-Man, Angel, True Blood, Doctor Who and many more.
Elena has kindly agreed to participate in Scully's 50th Anniversary Celebration and charity drive and we are so pleased to be able to sit down with her and ask her a few questions.
The auction featuring Elena's artwork begins on March 6th and runs through the 9th. Make sure you head on over to heART and X-Philanthropy's auction pages to check out all the incredible items up for sale in the fourth and final round.
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Iâ€™ll confess it. There was a moment, back in 1987 when I realized that my brother had a cooler toy than all of the ones I had. I didnâ€™t care for his sports stuff, or his building blocks, but he had gotten an Optimus Prime for Christmas and I was taken by it. The whole idea that a truck could turn into a talking robot and that it wasnâ€™t only on my TV but in my living room was stunning.
I wanted that truck so bad. I still want that truck so bad. Iâ€™ve been sort of a tomboy ever since and I love it. I have an enormous love for Back to the Future and I love every movie that has a car chase in itâ€¦ so when IDW announced The X-Files: Conspiracy series and that it included Transformers, I was immediately hooked.
Warning - SOME spoilers ahead!
I have to confess, too, that I have yet to read any other Transformers comics, but this issue reminded me of how much I love them. Paul Crilley nailed Bumblebeeâ€™s sense of humor and Optimusâ€™ fatherly nature, and explained their universe without thoroughly confusing the readers that might have no clue of what a â€œDecepticonâ€ is. I also believe that in terms of characterization, the Gunmen felt real and true to the universe that has been developed throughout this series. I especially liked the character development that he allowed for Langley and Bumblebee; it raised the stakes and gave motivation to the characters to respond to the situations they were presented. They stole the show.
The story, which I wonâ€™t explain in much detail for a change, is simple and it grabs you from the start, moving forward along the path of the Lone Gunmenâ€™s mission: to save us from a virus that might wipe out the US in just one week. I was very pleased with Dheeraj Vermaâ€™s work at the pencils, though I still have problems with how Byersâ€™ portrayal turns out in some of these. Donâ€™t get fooled though, this issue has very creative use of the art, with a style that suits the genre like a glove, presenting us with great visuals that supported the storytelling in a clever way and the especially breathtaking colors by Joana Lafuente. I think in terms of the look of this issue, that is the one thing that I couldnâ€™t get enough of. Amazing job.
As it turns out, Frohike, Langley and Byers manage to make a solid team with the amazing alien vehicles, saving Ratchet from the claws of Skylogic Systems, the sinister organization that seems to be behind the whole pandemic. They also find a way to get a sample that will help Scully and the CDC work on a possible vaccine to fight off the impending catastrophe - that is, if a final threat doesnâ€™t stop them. The last few frames set the cliffhanger for next monthâ€™s issue, which features The Crow.
The issue features with three great covers; the standard one by Miran Kim, a dark subscription cover with art and colors by Dheeraj Verma and Joana Lafuente, respectively, and a third and last RI cover with art by Joe Corroney and colors by Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Studios.
I continue to enjoy the way Conspiracy is being written, though I can understand why this might not be everyoneâ€™s cup of tea if you donâ€™t enjoy the comedic tone that may seep through some of the pages. I am very satisfied by this issue though, the fourth out of six in this series, and Iâ€™m really looking forward to the next one.
Frank Spotnitz, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny have all done it, but now it's Chris Carter's turn. As part of the promotion for his new pilot The After, Chris will be participating in an upcoming AMA on Reddit.
Wondering about that creepy tattooed thing at the end of The After? Have a question that's been bugging you for a a decade about Scully's thought process from that one scene? Now is your time to ask, Philes. Because you never know where the ever-elusive Chris Carter will turn up next.