Interview with Pinguino of Penguin Palace!!
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Crowe : Lets start with a little background about yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Get everyone acquainted with you.
Pinguino : heh.. okay. I'm Pinguino .. originally from San Diego and currently residing in Dallas. I started Penguin Palace ten years ago, when I was 10 years old.
Crowe : 10 Years old! Thats quite an achievement for a 10 year old!
Pinguino : Back then, it was just mass producing homemade greeting cards and selling them at swap meets, plus posters and school projects =) We did have consistent characters and storyline development. Comics didn't come into play until I was 13.
Crowe : Speaking of Comics, what comics have been a major influence in your life? What comics made inspired you to start your own company.
Pinguino : I didn't really like comics when I was younger. I had seen Spiderman and Superman in the stores, but they were really boring to me. My friend Colleen was into X-men, and she got me to read some books.. I got hooked. A month later, I was bored and saw some 10 yr olds trying to make a comic book. I knew I could draw one, too, that would be better (It took 4 of them to make a book, and one of me)
Pinguino : The characters in X-men attracted me...
Pinguino : Gambit especially. That made the difference between it and the comics I had seen in Spiderman.
Pinguino : I took my finished book to the San Diego ComiCon in 1994, looking for a publisher. After getting critiques from lots of publishers, and getting ripped apart by DC/Warner Brothers, and Antarctic Press, I took it to the Elfquest guy. Barry Blair flipped through the book, and laughed. He said it was good, and that I should self-publish it. That gave me the self-confidence to go on my own.
Crowe : Where did the name Penguin Palace come from?
Pinguino : When I was 10, I wanted to move from drawing penguins to screenplays, and like Walt Disney, open an Amusement park.. the center of the park was "Penguin Palace."
Pinguino : When I signed the backs of the greeting cards, they were from Penguin Palace. It stuck.
Crowe : Thats another good topic. How has it been for a Lady in the comics biz? Do you get treated any differently. And do you have any tips from your experiences to other young artists/writers trying to break into comics?
Pinguino : Tackling the first part.. I think it's a combination of my age and gender that got Penguin Palace attention, especially with the Penguin Books lawsuit. It makes us look vulnerable, I guess.
Pinguino : The best advice I can give for people who want to break into comics.. just go for it. A lot of people are/have been negative lately, saying that the industry is dying. Without fresh blood to keep people interested in comics, it WILL wither away.
Pinguino : Do what you feel is right.. draw your book, produce it.. get it printed.. if you really love your characters, so will other people.
Crowe : What inspires your creativity? What kind of music and movies get you hyped up?
Pinguino : When I was younger, it was movie soundtracks (Jurassic Park) and musicals, and karate movies. Now, it's techno (especially the music written for my current project) and movies like Mulan, View Askew movies, and science fiction.
Pinguino : When I read a really good comic book, or talk to certain people, I also get hyped.
Crowe : Kevin Smith is an awesome inspiration to me personally. Who are some of your Idols. Anyone in the industry you really look up to?
Pinguino : I really admire Johnen Vasquez.
Pinguino : Mike Alldred, Jason Dube (From Scatterd Comics), and outside comics, George Lucas, Jim Henson, and Walt Disney.
Pinguino : Also Shawn Strider (Sypher Publications)
Pinguino : and Jae Lee.
Pinguino : =)
Crowe : Tell us about some of the cool stuff going on right now at Penguin Palace!
Pinguino : Penguin Palace currently has three really interesting things going on
Pinguino : First, System Failure celebrated its one year anniversary last month. It's a computer security emag (www.sysfail.org), and we're doing a lot at DefCon this year on behalf of it. I also got a shipment of System Failure shirts today.
Pinguino : Secondly, some of the Dallas Penguin Palace people are working on a print zine called b!d .. Bored in Dallas. It's going to release this week. It basically will show people the interesting aspects of Dallas and give kids something to do =)
Pinguino : The biggest and most important project is Tori Do: The Epic
Pinguino : Tori do is a series penguin Palace has been working with for a long time, and we've created an enhanced CD.. a multimedia comic book experience, that tells the tale of the Red Avenger on a quest to claim the powers of the Orb.
Pinguino : There's a techno soundtrack with music by Re: (part of Consciousness Lab), Miguel Q, and some others. The music is really incredible.
Crowe : After this project, Whats next? Where do you see Penguin Palace in 5 years?
Pinguino : It's coming out next month.. and we're really excited about it. We've been working on it since 1995.. you can see how the art gets better along the way
Pinguino : Next, we'll work on another CD story (sequential, but you don't need to read The Epic to understand the next)
Pinguino : In 5 years.. who knows. I'd like to do stuff in the movie industry, but a lot of comic book people say that.
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Pinguino : linenoise says hi (my cat)
Crowe : Killer name!
Pinguino : Thanks =) I got him last month. www.sysfail.org/~linenois
Crowe : Anything else that you would like to add before we call this a wrap?
Pinguino : =) Order a copy of Tori Do!!@# And look for our table at ComiCon!
Pinguino : =)
This year is the 10 yr anniversary of Penguin Palace, that at ComiCon we're going to announce a special contest in celebration of it =)
Crowe : :) Thanx for taking the time to do this interview!!!!!
Pinguino : \=}
Pinguino : m, ~~~~~/.0-~
Pinguino : ]0~[0~h
Pinguino : I think the cat wants the keyboard back. Thanks Crowe : !~#@
Crowe : Cool!!!! .. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
Pinguino : thank YOU*&@^#&*@#%
Crowe : =]
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