I recently picked up Creator/writer/artist Steven Pannella’s Faith Fallon released through Insane Comics and it made sense to try and find out a bit more from him.
What was the first title you worked on?
Believe it or not my first published comic-book work was coloring a backup story for Sgt. Rock issue 408 back in 1985.
How has your work changed since then?
I was 21 years old and my work sucked. I couldn’t draw well enough to get comic-book work.
Who are your main influences?
Probably my old teachers at the Kubert school since they got me pointed in the right direction. There’s no single comic-book artist out there that I want to replicate or steal from.
What comics are you reading just now?
Some of the Insane Comics titles like Hollow Girl and Modern Testament. I have a ton of freebies from Comixology but I haven’t gotten to them yet.
What’s the best thing about creating comics?
For me, it’s the creative control over my characters. Being a commercial artist/graphic designer means doing what the client wants, which his fine, but I enjoy letting myself go to town on my own characters. The other thing I enjoy is seeing people react to the story and the art.
What are you working on just now?
My Faith Fallon series is the only thing on my plate in the comics world.
Maybe I’ll work on another series but I haven’t decided if I want to do that or get into single illustrations
Where can we see you next?
I’m always posting work on Facebook and social media.
You can get hold of Steven’s Faith Fallon release and keep up to date with it’s progress on the website, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter pages.
I really like Mr. Penella’s work. There is very little out there in the comic world that even casts a shadow on the type of genre that he has made for himself. It’s not horror or noir or action/adventure or any of that. Faith Fallon is cerebral and raw, all at once, making it very difficult to describe. I recommend his work to anyone who tires of the monotony of tights, zombies or dystopian futures that pervade the indie comic culture.