Sean Chen began his pencilling career at
Valiant with the enthusiastically received Rai and the
Future Force #9. His clean, stylish art and his grasp of
storytelling brought him acclaim that continued when Sean moved from Rai
to Harbinger. Now he's tackling yet another
Valiant character, bringing a dynamic new style to the pages of Bloodshot.
Sean, how were you first "discovered" in the
I visited the
San Diego Comic Book Convention back in '92, I believe, and I showed my
portfolio to Barry Windsor-Smith. I guess he saw something he liked
because he took me in right there. My first book was Rai and
the Future Force #9.
Who were your influences when you were growing
I try to look
at everybody's stuff, but my two main influences are Barry
Windsor-Smith and David Mazzucchelli - both of whom I was lucky enough
to work with closely: Barry because of Valiant, and Mazzucchelli when I
met him at a convention and we began corresponding, working on projects
for each other.
How do you like to work, in terms of your own
I want to hold
myself to one page a day because, first of all, I'm just not that fast;
but more importantly, because I want each page to look as good as it
You do a lot of your pencilling on Knob Row,
Valiant's in-house studio. How do you like working there, as opposed to
working at home?
like it. I mean, I'm there every day, mostly for inspiration because
everyone around me is doing the same thing. It's easy to get caught up
in all of that creative energy. Plus it's nice to be at the hub where
all the buzz is. It keeps things exciting!
You have a new book to your name - Bloodshot.
How do you like working on that?
It's very cool
because I get a chance to change my style - to be a little more
dynamic. I've always wanted to do more exciting, action-oriented stuff.
This warrants different artwork than Harbinger.
Working closely with Bob Layton has helped me to develop that more
dynamic flair. It's exciting; it has a very different character from
what I'm used to.
How do you like working with Bloodshot
writer Kevin VanHook?
great. I've always wanted to work with him. I think he has a clear
vision of what he wants to see. He encourages me a lot, too. I get a
lot of positive feedback from him. He really knows comics, and that's
clear in his storytelling.