We recently had the chance to check out a creator owned book by André Lima Araújo called Man Plus from Titan Comics. It’s a science fiction crime drama that starts off with action, is filled with well rendered characters and we dug the heck out of it.
We liked it so much we got to chatting with Araújo to pick his brain about Man Plus, his creative process, and working at Marvel Comics.
AiPT!: Where did you take inspiration from when developing Man Plus? How long have you been cooking it up?
André Lima Araújo: Man Plus comes from my love of cyberpunk, inspired by things like Ghost in the Shell, Akira (both the books and the movies), Blade Runner, Neuromancer, among many others. But because I didn’t want to make a copy of any of those stories nor do a very superficial approach to the genre I looked for some substance on the main topics of cyberpunk, which I got through the works of writers like John McHale, Marshall McLuhan, William J. Mitchell (and many more), all read in a short period of time while working on my master thesis in architecture. In fact, the name Man Plus is from a chapter in McHale’s book The Future Of The Future.
I eventually created a first version of Man Plus around 2012 but re-did the entire thing from the scratch for the book that is now being published.
A little Man Plus action.
AiPT!: I would describe your work on Spider-Verse to be fluid and organic, yet with Man Plus it’s sort of the opposite. Is this a stylistic choice or an evolution of your art style?
Araújo: I’m not sure I understand the terminology here, but I think the differences between titles can be traced to the fact that I wrote and created everything in Man Plus and I just draw my Marvel work. That itself brings huge differences to the books, whether it regards style, narrative, sequence, storytelling, designs etc. even though I do both with all the commitment and professionalism.
Spider-Verse shows off Araujo’s unique style.
AiPT!: Is it difficult to juggle creator work and Marvel projects?
Araújo: Yes, in the sense that it is not possible (at least for me) to draw a creator owned book while drawing a monthly title for Marvel. Write yes, draw it, no. So I stopped working for Marvel for the months needed to draw Man Plus. Thankfully, my editors were very understanding from the beginning of the importance of creator owned work for me so everyone was very accommodating.
AiPT!: Man Plus is highly detailed and I was curious how much time goes into drawing those vivid cityscapes?
Araújo: I draw an issue per month, be it Man Plus or any other creator owned property, or any Marvel projects.
AiPT!: Book three just ended for Man Plus on Christmas day. Congratulations. In the perfect world how long would the series run or do you have a set number of issues to end the series on?
Araújo: This story is 4 issues long and that’s how I wanted it to be. I have more stories in mind for Man Plus, but they’ll always be limited series of complete stories (4-8 issues), not a monthly ongoing.
AiPT!: What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?
Araújo: Stretching body would be cool.
Ultimate FF got real weird real fast during Araújo’s issues.
AiPT!: What’s your favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?
Araújo: Sweet Lord, there are far too many. Music (either listening to it or playing), video games, movies, tv shows, internet as a whole… but as a freelancer you need to know how to resist the temptations… most of the times at least.
AiPT!: If you were to cast the Man Plus movie who would play the parts?
Araújo: Ridley Scott as a director, Tom Cruise as Rodrigo, Nathan Fillion as Josu.
AiPT!: What can Araújo fans look forward to in 2016?
Araújo: More Marvel work for sure, and more creator owned news as well. I hope everyone enjoys Man Plus!
AiPT!: Thanks for your time!