Interview: Chrissie Zullo

How did you first come to discover the Barsoom books by Edgar Rice Burroughs?

I think it was the Frazetta artwork. I had seen it and wanted to find out what the story was behind the amazing art…!

What do you find appealing about the characters and milieu?

I’m a huge fan of science fiction, and the Barsoom series is a mix of sci-fi and high fantasy. Although the majority of characters are alien, their situations are relatable, and their struggles are very human.

What sort of an influence do you think the Barsoom books have had on the development of fantasy & science fiction?

I think it set a bar of expectations, but also comes from a humble story-telling point, in that it is a story of a hero, saving a princess.

Who is your favorite character in the Barsoom canon? (And why?)

Probably Dejah Thoris, because she is a strong female character.

Tell us a bit about your illustration for the anthology. What’s happening in the scene?

The Tinker Warhoon is looking out at the fortress, where air is leaking out. He’s carrying a sword, with the two moons behind him and airships above.

After reading the story, how did you decide which scene to illustrate?

I tried to incorporate a different aspects of the story to make a cohesive illustration.

Was this a particularly challenging piece to create? If so, how?

I was scared about drawing a Warhoon, because someone’s idea of him may be different from mine. This can be a bit daunting…

What artistic techniques did you employ to create this piece?

Pencil, ink, inkwash, and Photoshop.

Any new work of yours just out or forthcoming you’d like to mention, or anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve done some interior work for “Womanthology” coming out later this year, as well as the cover work for the second trade paperback of “Cinderella: Fables are Forever”.