| February 4, 2003 | Spotlight on Westfield
Before I begin, I need to make a special thank you to Mary Carter, from
Westfield's Customer Service. I had first asked about their "Worlds of
Westfield" (or WOW for short) because of its use of SOLUS #1 as the
cover and she was kind enough to send me a reference copy. For all
hardcore Pérez (or Solus fans), this is definitely something you should
want in your collection.
PREVIEWS also feature Pérez on their PREVIEWS CONSUMER ORDER FORM (Jan 03), so this WOW catalogue makes a nice companion.
With the cover price of $4.25, I am assuming that they make this
catalogue available for free to their subscribers, because I would
imagine people would rather just order Diamond's PREVIEWS for a lower
price ($3.25 and with lots color pages).
The WOW magazine runs about 34 black and white pages and cram in tiny
images to corresponding text. Fortunately their online catalogue
(located on their website: www.westfieldcompany.com
) offers really good scans of future products. I think for this
reason, that most people only uses their online catalogue for orders.
With original interviews and employee's suggestions/picks (which are
usually geared towards independent publishers), and with both their
online and paper catalogue (if it's free) is a much better alternative
than what Diamond charges for their catalogue.
Westfield have been around for 23 years and, if you can remember, they released that exclusive (and hard to find) AVENGERS FOREVER #1 (WESTFIELD COMICS) alternate cover. They also featured a George Pérez interview on their April 2000 (for June products) issue of WORLDS OF WESTFIELD vol 20 #4.
Feel free to contact Westfield - they are more than happy to be an assistance if you have any questions or comments.
Below are additional information on how to contact them.
The Westfield Company
8608 University Grn * PO Box 620470 * Middleton, WI 53562-0470
Phone: 608-836-1945 Ext. 10 * Fax: 608-836-6950 * Web: www.westfieldcompany.com
Worlds of Westfield: George Perez Interview
|December 20, 2000 |
Westfield: One of the
interesting things about Crimson Plague is that you’re using real people
as the models for the characters. How did that come about?
Pérez: Before I was going to start Crimson Plague, I was actually planning to do another series that was going to be called The Gladiator, or George Pérez’s Gladiator
as my lawyer told me because Gladiator is not an uncommon name.
Originally, the character who was going to be called Plague until I
found out that that name was already used, was going to be a villainess
in the Gladiator
series. I had just met at a convention, this beautiful young woman
named Dina Simmons. She was a Wonder Woman fan and loved my work. As any
artist will tell you, it is highly unusual and incredibly flattering
when a beautiful woman tells you they’re a fan. No offense to the
fanboys, but they’re a dime a dozen. Girls like this are pure gold
[laughter]. Her fiancée, now her husband, owns a comic book store and
got her into it and she became a big fan of myself, John Byrne, Neil
Gaiman, and a few other people. I was so taken by her that about a year
down the line when I was coming up with Gladiator,
I asked if I could use her as the model for the character, even so far
as using her name. We kept talking about her character more and more,
and the more I got into it, particularly when the aspect of feminine
cycles came into it, the character became much more interesting than the
Gladiator. So I asked her if she would be bothered if I scrapped the
ideas for Gladiator and centered the series around her.
Strangely enough she said yes [laughs].
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