The illustrator and comic book artist PJ Kaiowá has been standing out more and more in the world of comics, developing a striking style, in search of a Brazilian pop culture. Proof of this is the launch of its thriller policeman "carnivore” by the American publisher Behemoth Comics. The magazine, which was launched in 2015 by crowdfunding, had its US launch this week, along with vinyl with songs composed by musician and producer Jay Ray.
Carnívora is a horror album that tells the story of Carlos, a civil policeman looking for his missing fiancée. As the only clue, an address: Morro da Caveira. One of the largest community complexes in Rio de Janeiro. But not only that, intriguing accounts from the locals draw attention. They all tell the same story, that the top of the hill is haunted by small carnivorous creatures, similar to children, that bring terror and death to the surroundings. That's where the search for Carlos begins. That's where he'll find what he least expects. A story to reflect on the price of our choices, which can bring out the real monsters.
“That's when I started to understand that we could develop our pop culture, with our elements, our dramas, our way of solving things. To make of all miscegenation marked in the skin and in the structure, a strong and authentic identity. After all, that's what we are!”, says PJ, who highlights the fiction with black and white strokes, which brings an organized layout, using double pages to highlight the scenarios, in addition to creating a perspective with a 3D sensation, where it seems the scene leaves the page.
On the way to get to Behemoth, PJ highlights that “they are one of those things that really had to happen. Eventually I prospect, set up a project with my work and start shooting for publishers. One of them was Behemoth. And at the same time I received their return. “Wow, what do you mean?! Nobody responds right away.” An answer takes months, even years, if any. But the editor came all excited saying that they were already preparing the email to send me. They had the magazine in hand, which they had acquired at CCXP through a representative. I was very well received and now we talk about possible new projects”, he adds.
The magazine is also available on the PJ website throughout the month of April in celebration of the relaunch. Learn more at https://www.pjdraw.com/
More about PJ
Professional working for 20 years in the areas of comics, storyboard, illustration and art direction with services provided to names such as Legendary Comics, Capcom, Warner, Dark Horses Comics and Devils Due Comics. Some outstanding works with comics were Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, How to Pass Human, Evil Dead and Assassin's Creed Origins; in addition to your copyright works I am Lume, Dirty Tract, Carnivore and Much pleasure. lia.
His work also extends to audiovisual in the production of storyboards and concept arts of sets and costumes. Find out a little more at @pjkaiowart