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@’s by WITCHBLADE’s Ron Marz, Sejic, Filip Sablik.

Hey Matt Adler here. If been a comics fan in the past 15 you know who WITCHBLADE is. Conceived by co-founder Marc Silvestri in for his Top Cow imprint, Witchblade is the alter-ego of Pezzini, a tough-as-nails NYPD cop who the bearer of a mysterious artifact enables her to combat the forces of on a different level entirely.

In #150, everything changes; Ron Marz (who has been the series for 70 issues) and artist Sejic (onboard for 35 issues) are but before they go, they’re to radically shake up Sara’s I spoke with Ron, and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik to get thoughts on this end of an era, and the series goes from

MATT ADLER (MA): How do you about this 70-issue run coming to a conclusion?

FILIP (FS): It’s bittersweet for me, so I can imagine how it feels for Ron and Stjepan. been with Top Cow for 50 of Ron’s and I can credit Ron with really me into WITCHBLADE. I hadn’t the book in a number of years and first arc with Mike was the perfect jumping on point. Stjepan came on the book, I like he and Ron really meshed well. Stjepan brought a ton of to the table and new visual style to the

I think people will back at this as the definitive run of At the same time, I’m excited to see what they do with the ongoing story of

RON MARZ (RM): You know, honestly not sure right It hasn’t completely sunk in because it wasn’t that ago that we wrapped up #150 and it off to press. So it’s still fresh for me. I think it’ll in more once I’m a or two away from it. I don’t to sound overly dramatic, but you do get to working on certain characters the long haul.

WITCHBLADE has a constant presence in my life for the seven years, or so. I guess a little like getting out of a relationship. You move on, but there’s a bit of a tug. I can say that I’m of what’s been accomplished these 70 issues. Beyond I really don’t have yet.

It’s still too close.

SEJIC (SS): On one side I kinda sad, on the other, relieved. Thing is, for a while I was to change the pace, and above all get to with other toys in the Thankfully that is exactly I’m about to do.

It has been a fun but now I’m changing that for a tank of awesomeness that is

MA: What made now the right to hand the series off to a new team?

FS: A of things — Ron and Stjepan to stay on the title until 150 and they’ve done that. 150 is a nice logical end point for both because it’s a landmark issue, but also it’s an organic finale to the that Ron and Stjepan have telling. Plus, it coincides the end of our ARTIFACTS event (in issue which will dramatically the status quo of the Top Cow Universe.

RM: It was a number of really. It’s a nice number, finishing up on #150. life is undergoing a fairly overhaul, so it makes sense to in a new team to do that. With turning into an ongoing that seemed like a fit for me and Stjepan. If we weren’t moving a new book together, I think have a lot more misgivings it.

And I think it’s not a bad idea to get off while you’ve still got a few stories to tell. You don’t to overstay your welcome and out you’re just treading Better to leave too soon to stay too late.

SS: For me it was the fact I was starting to feel burned that happens. It was simply at least for a while I needed to myself with something and ARTIFACTS is an ultimate reset, and I can’t get bored of as at any given I will be drawing some new character.

MA: What did you set out to accomplish the book? Do you feel you’ve

RM: The main thing I wanted to do was good stories. Hopefully I did because in the end what matters is the I’d like to think we changed some opinions what this book and character are about, and what can be.

That was, and remains, much a one-reader-at-a-time thing. You can all you want about how people’s might be outdated or simply but until they see it for themselves, difficult to convince them.

SS: For me it was the to give the book a very look, keeping Sara but making her earn the moments of … appeal. Trust me, if could have cheesecaked the out of this book it was me. This is made working with Ron a rewarding experience, besides him a very likeable fella.

He and I mean truly understands, the that a character has to earn his or her moment; otherwise it loses all of its but when that moment we get to treat it properly. Obvious a few scenes in WITCHBLADE, but I think more from Angelus. It is a of proper buildup that characters beyond just hot running around all bouncy and

It was about the story first.

MA: your perceptions of WITCHBLADE as a changed over the course of the

RM: I really don’t think so. I started on the book, I had a pretty picture of who I thought Sara was, and that’s remained consistent throughout my run. she’s evolved as a character, and in some new directions, but I think the of who she is hasn’t changed.

SS: Same for me. We kept Sara badass, and what she always was, but that it was about scratching the surface. And that was where Ron did his

FS: It’s always been a of one fan at a time, but I truly believe Ron and Stjepan have done a amount to change the preconceived about WITCHBLADE. The series had a uniquely strong female but these guys have tirelessly to combat the bad girl some fans have the early days of the series. Ron and Stjepan, character and the story first and imagery second.

I don’t think I’ve met anyone that we handed a of WITCHBLADE to that didn’t back really impressed and more.

MA: What has the reaction the readership been like?

FS: The are sad to see Ron and Stjepan go—for many of this is the only creative they’ve known, but they are to see them continue collaborating on There’s definitely some about a new team coming in, but I that’s natural; we tend to the unknown and change to what comfortable with. We’ll do the same thing we’ve before, which is win everyone with awesome comics!

RM: the reactions have been as as the readers. When I initially over the book, and Mike and I got rid of the fan-service metal bikini, we from some pissed off And that’s to be expected, really. you bring change to a book, always a vocal segment of the that doesn’t want it. The side of that coin is the from new readers who picked up the because it was different.

I think the satisfying reactions are from who admit that the book is entirely different from they thought it was.

SS: It was positive. Artistically my style was an one, I was never afraid of and learning new things, as stagnation is the thing that an artist can do. I my hand at implementing 3D models, approaches of digital painting, all the purpose of streamlining the workflow and the book look better. there were better and worse.

For instance, a few issues with self-made 3D models had results, but without that I have come to the conclusion the best balance for use of 3D with my was to keep it limited to armor and while characters are best painted.

Results of that are in the last few issues of the run, I incorporated some cute monsters with painted for a style that intensifies the mood. This is something I on pursuing and further improving on so I can streamline the workflow even which will leave time for high detailing. readers will notice the quality.

MA: Ron and Stjepan, what has the collaboration the two of you been like?

RM: I feel we’ve pretty much on the same page since day Obviously the collaboration has grown over the years as you learn to off of each other, and balance other’s strengths and weaknesses. But we pointed in the same direction the first issue.

Stjepan gives me what I need to the story, and I always try to give him he wants to draw. He’s an idea machine. A lot of the stories from concepts and designs around in Stjepan’s head.

funny when you realize we up in very different places, me in New York and Stjepan in Croatia, and got a lot of the same influences, whether comics, books, movies, I will work with guy as long as I can lift my fingers to a

SS: Ron just gets me, it’s as as that. He knows I am the guy who will put the story and character development because that is what the fun stuff, the epic and awesome carry an impact. From our issue, Ron was an easy guy to work and during that time a was born that essentially me capable of sayingI’m genuinely to work with other fix what ain’t broken?

MA: How did you know the run would end with resigning from the force? Do you see as an inevitable outcome, given her responsibilities?

Adler M 150

FS: I don’t remember how long we’ve been this, but I want to say over a It seemed like the logical to the stories Ron and Stjepan have telling.

RM: We had talked about storylines where Sara leave the police force for one or another. But most of it was in the context of us the opportunity to tell some kinds of stories with When we came to the conclusion #150 would be our last, the in both WITCHBLADE and ARTIFACTS was pointing toward giving a fresh start. I think also the right thing to do you turn a book over to the creative team.

You try to wrap up as many threads as so the new team isn’t carrying baggage.

SS: Personally, I knew was planned as we did talk about it. we were playing with the of extending our run beyond 150, so discussions were inevitable. The of Sara working outside of jurisdiction presents some interesting possibilities.

MA: Did you closely with the incoming team to set up the new quo for their run?

SS: None my side, but I’m only the art guy.

FS: The teams are largely independently, but we have monthly Top Cow calls with Ron, Tim and David Hine (who is over THE DARKNESS with and all the guys get copies of the others’ to keep them in the loop.

RM: Tim who is the new writer, and I have talked, and read each other’s but it’s more a case of notes than me putting in my two I never liked it when I over a book and got direction the previous team, so I certainly do it to anybody following me. I think Tim has a slate to tell the kind of stories he wants to tell.

MA: here you guys are moving on to the series, which sounds it will be ground zero for a of the Top Cow universe. What can you tell us your plans for that Will it be a big shift in terms of you’ve been doing on

RM: I don’t think reboot or is quite the right term. not putting the lie to anything that’s before, we’re just the audience a fresh starting It should be welcoming to new readers, but not to our faithful readers. As far as what and I will be doing, these will be a bit bigger in scope a lot of what we did in WITCHBLADE. That was much a procedural/noir book supernatural overtones.

ARTIFACTS will have a cast and a bigger playing which will allow us to do with more scope. If I think ARTIFACTS will to Stjepan’s strengths even Sara will have a in the book, Jackie Estacado have a presence, but our point-of-view will be defrocked priest Tom

SS: Okay, ARTIFACTSso, imagine if you had a director for the story parts and Bay for action, combined with a Zimmer soundtrack. Yeahit’s be epic.

MA: Any other projects working on?

RM: I’m still the MAGDALENA series for Top Cow and my creator-owned with Lee Moder, SHINKU, is out from Image. Together, and I are doing a fantasy book RAVINE. It’s Stjepan’s and I’m coming in to write the and add a little polish here and

He’s already got more 100 pages completely painted, and easily the most breath-taking he’s ever done.

SS: me, I got more than 170 pages thankyouverymuch. But yeah Ron and I got a ton of work of us. And hell, I’ll probably bug him to do of his creator-owned project ideas and get it off the sketchboard phase.

Fun times are of us.

MA: Thanks to Filip, Ron, Look for WITCHBLADE #150 Top Cow this month.

Matt is a writer/journalist, currently writing for among other outlets. been reading comics for 20 writing about them for 7, and way, way, too much thinking about them, means he really has no choice but to out how to make a living out of them. He all feedback.

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