Comic book biggies Warren Ellis and Michael Allred on Bacardia��s new A�graphic novel A�and global trends
When Bacardi recently decided to give its history a a�?graphica�� twist, it threw out a double baited hook, reeling in two big names of the comic book industry: Warren Ellis and Michael Allred. a�?I decided to do The Spirit of Bacardi after reading the background material and discovering wonderful stories. Also, it gave me a chance to collaborate for the first time with Michael, whose work Ia��ve admired since he began in comics,a�? says Ellis, the author behind titles like Iron Man Extremis and Transmetropolitan. A sentiment echoed by Allred.
a�?The project, with an iconic historical figure like Emilio Bacardi, struck me as an exciting challenge. And I got to work with Warren,a�? says the artist who created Madman and X-Statix, adding that the only difference between this book and his earlier work with Marvel comics is that a�?no one is wearing a capea�?.
While they mostly corresponded over email and brainstormed on the internet, the two found that their utter faith in each othera��s talent made not meeting in person less of a disadvantage. a�?In fact, it was thrilling and wea��d love to work together again,a�? admits Allred, who recalls that little details like adding drops of Bacardi Gold rum to the inks (a�?to make it a part of the novela��s DNAa�?) kept things fun.
Speaking about their work, Ellis says that while ita��s been a long, hard road for comic books, a�?the world now accepts that mature storytelling and rich diversity can and does happen in comics.a�? As for trends, Alldred adds, a�?The best trends are the increasing diversitya��it seems the variety of storytelling just keeps expanding. Also, the digital comic are making it easier to have independent work seen.a�?
a��Surya Praphulla Kumar