Michel Fiffe has been very busy lately. Last year saw him bring back Bloodstrike over at Image. This year he’s not only taken on a new G.I. Joe mini-series, ‘Sierre Muerte’, from IDW, he’s also brought his cult favorite series Copra to a new home at Image. Michel took a little bit of time to have a chat with us at Monkeys Fighting Robots to talk about all of this and a little more. Read on and then make sure you check out both G.I. Joe: Sierre Muerte and Copra!
MFR: So let’s start with some history. Where you a huge G.I. Joe fan? The comic and the toys?
Michel Fiffe: Mostly the cartoons. I became a fan of the comics as a seasoned reader. I was hypnotized by Larry Hama’s free-flowing, intricate soap opera.
MFR: For those who didn’t pick up issue #1, can you roughly give us a synopsis for ‘Sierra Muerte’? And where does issue #2 find the characters?
Fiffe: Everything hits the fan, so we’re left to see if these characters reckon with the possibility that their existence is indeed a vortex of meaninglessness or not. It’s a barn burner.
MFR: Can you hint at where the story is heading (without spoiling of course)?
FIFFE: Dammit, Manny, there’s no way to not spoil it!
MFR: Did anything specific inspire ‘Sierre Muerte’?
FIFFE: My desire to see more Latin American nations, fictional or not, represented in the Joe-verse.
MFR: Did you have any access to research on the property, or did you just use your own knowledge as a fan?
FIFFE: I had access to my back issues for general inspiration, but I wasn’t citing anything specific from previous material.
MFR: What about the G.I. Joe universe do you find appealing? What drew you to the project?
FIFFE: A disparate group of hard-asses with fully realized personalities and an iconic nemesis to constantly confront? There’s no way I wasn’t gonna find this appealing.
MFR: Are there any other old/childhood properties you want to take a stab at?
FIFFE: There are a couple, yeah, but nothing I can even begin to daydream about. Too swamped.
MFR: Ok, time for some favorites. Favorite Joe? Favorite Cobra? What about a favorite episode of the cartoon? And finally favorite old school issue of G.I. Joe?
FIFFE: Rock N Roll. Cobra Commander. The movie. Issue 104.
MFR: Okay if we can briefly talk about Copra’s move to Image. What sparked that move?
FIFFE: My desire to no longer self publish and concentrate on making COPRA comics on the regular again.
MFR: For those folks not privy to Copra’s concept, give us a rundown.
FIFFE: The Dirty Dozen by way of a psychedelic newsprint press. Revenge & violence, live & laffs, fleshed-out characters, all hand-crafted by me. It’s exactly what I want an action comic book to be.
MFR: What do you hope to get from having Copra under the Image Comics banner?
FIFFE: More people discovering the title.
MFR: Are you going to expand the Copra world? Spin-offs? Guest creators? Anything like that?
FIFFE: Nothing like that. I just wrapped up a mini-series and have no plans to ever deviate from the core series. I might have a pin-up or some fan art, but most of it will be 100% me.
MFR: Are there any other projects on deck you can talk about?
MFR: Okay, final question! What stuff are you digging lately? TV Shows, comics, movies…anything you have taken in that has really has been awesome?
FIFFE:Jesusfreak is a great comic, highly recommended. Been listening to Secret Chiefs 3 for weeks on end at this point. This season of The Bachelor stunk but I bet Paradise is gonna be good. Legacy Music Hour forever!
Assistant Comic Book Editor. Manny has been obsessed with comics since childhood. He reads some kind of comic every single day. He especially loves self-published books and dollar bin finds. 'Nuff said!