5 Things We Learnt About Liam Sharp And The Green Lantern

5 Things We Learnt About Liam Sharp And The Green Lantern

Shining A Light

♦ Liam Sharp is drawing the new The Green Lantern series, written by Grant Morrison and starting this November. He chatted to DC’s website and here’s 5 things we found out from that interview about the new series and the acclaimed creator too…

 

 

 

  1. His involvement with the new series came about after he had tried out for a couple of other DC titles, he admits: “I was working on Brave and the Bold. I had two issues left to go, and I was thinking about how I needed to line something up. As an artist, you always have to think ahead. I pitched some kind of left field ideas to Dan DiDio, and Dan just said, ‘Yeah, yeah, we’re not going to do that. We need you to draw HAWKMAN!’ And I was thinking, okay! I could see that because I’d drawn that one cover, which people seemed to love. It’s probably the most viral image I’d ever drawn. So, I thought, ‘Okay, Hawkman, that’ll be interesting.’ But then Scott Snyder was like, “No, no! We’d love for you to be part of the JUSTICE LEAGUE team.’ I’d drawn that one issue of Justice League, and I’d really enjoyed it. So, it seemed that I had some stuff to think about. I had some options. Then, almost 24 hours later, Dan calls me and says, ‘Okay, this is totally left field, but how would you feel about working on Green Lantern with Grant?’ That was it. Grant and I had seemed to be in each other’s trajectories for a while. I met Grant at the Wonder Woman premiere, and we just started talking. Before we knew it, the afterparty was over and we’re still gabbing away and coming up with ideas. We started talking then about doing something together. We’d never worked together, but we’ve both been in the industry for a very long time and like each other’s work. So, when this came up, there was no way I was going to turn it down.”
  2. He finds the writer’s scripts interesting to work on, Sharp reveals: “I really enjoy his scripts. They’re so entertaining because he’ll go off on a tangent halfway through a description of a scene and start talking about his influences, stuff he read when he was a kid, and the sort of pulp stuff he did and didn’t like. You get all his insight. He obviously loves writing so much. There’s a glee to his scripts that’s palpable. But at the same time, he throws so much at you. The description for panel 2, page 2 is like four pages long! I’m just like, ‘Oh my god! This is half an issue! How am I going to fit everything into this page?’…I love that he’s not trying to reboot it or start from scratch. He’s trying to be really respectful to everything that’s come before. I think long-term Green Lantern fans are going to have a lot of fun with all of the Easter eggs that are buried in there—specific references to specific scenes. There’s a scene that very much echoes the Abin Sur origin. It’s not a rework of the origin, but it echoes it intentionally.”
  3. Morrison has thrown in some references to things from Lantern lore and this is something that the artist has found satisfying as well: “There are also very specific references to characters from years and years ago. When I was initially reading the script, I was just constantly on the internet. Some of these are so obscure that the referencing goes really deep. You have to really look to find it. He knows his stuff.”
  4. He has worked on fantasy but Green Lantern is sci-fi. This isn’t something that has caused him any problems: “I’m a fan of science fiction and a fan of fantasy. They’re probably the two genres that I’m most drawn to visually. I didn’t want to become just the fantasy guy. I drew nineteen issues of Wonder Woman that leaned heavily towards mythological themes. I’m a huge fan of mythology and anthropology. I’m very much an armchair anthropologist. It’s been a passion of mine since I was a kid.”
  5. Sharp was drawn to the look of Green Lantern: “He’s just such a cool-looking character. I just love that costume. Ever since I was a kid, he’s had one of my favourite costumes. I don’t know what it is about it. I remember hearing once when I was younger that green is the colour you should stay clear of, and yet here I am having drawn the Hulk and now Green Lantern.”

To read the whole interview, visit here

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