Hello Revuers. It’s time for another Coloring Between the Lines segment. This months guest is the one and only Rico Renzi. You probably recognize his work from such titles as Spider-Gwen, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and Howard the Duck. Rico is a world class talent and we are grateful for his time. Now without further ado:
My first comics work was published in 2003. A Batman cover drawn by Chris Brunner
I don’t think I knew coloring comics was a real job when I was a kid.
I like anything with appealing art and a good story.
Love and Rockets
I try to keep it simple and trust my instincts.
Whatever I’m working on right now (Radioactive Spider-Gwen & Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)
Doing some covers with Chris Brunner and finishing the 4th issue of Loose Ends.
Too many to list but here’s a few off the top of my head: Bettie Breitweiser, Matt Wilson, Jordie Bellaire, Megan Wilson, Tamra Bonvilllain, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Dave Stewart, Matt Madden, Laura Martin, Lauren Affe, Matt Hollingsworth, Brian Reber, Joseph Bergin III, Dave McCaig, Trish Mulvihill.
Yeah, Brian Stelfreeze, Tomer Hanuka, Mark Chiarello, Mary Blair, Rian Hughes, pretty much everything I see.
On that series you teamed up with artist Robbi Rodriguez, who you would later work with creating Spider-Gwen. What’s it like having a relationship built with an artist?
I don’t work on many projects where I don’t know the artist. It’s just too hard. It’s so mercenary and difficult to make the work look like it comes from one pair of hands which is usually my goal.
Speaking of Spider-gwen, one of the most iconic things for her is her costume and the color choices it makes. What was it like working on those?
Those choices weren’t mine but I would have made similar ones. The superhero in primary colors things has been done a lot and done well. Gwen’s colors can be shown to someone familiar with the character without the costume and people will recognize them as her. I think that’s something people like about her suit.
We drew inspiration for the Neo Tokyo of Akira for sure. Also, neons are just a personal preference of mine and probably the reason Robbi wanted me around for this.
JJ’s Red Hots in Charlotte, NC
Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC
I’d like to color Jaime Hernandez and Cory Walker sometime
Designer of t-shirts probably. http://nolongermint.tictail.com/
I get paid more and faster at the big two.
Working for an indie publisher can present the unique challenge of eating.
Who are some of your favorite artists to work with?
Chris Brunner, Jason Latour, Erica Henderson, Robbi Rodriguez, Tradd Moore
Jason Latour, Ryan North, Chip Zdarsky
Earth-65 Captain America
If you would like to check out some of Rico’s work you can check out his Facebook, Twitter, and his website
If you are interested in buying his work you can check out his comixology page here, or ask you LCS about ordering one of his many titles.