Monkeys Fighting Robots

Monkeys Fighting Robots had the chance to speak to indie comics creator Michel Fiffe (Copra/Zegas) about his new continuation of classic Extreme Studios title Bloodstrike, the appeal of 90s comics, and communicating with Rob Liefeld via albino ravens.

Michele Fiffe

MFR: First off, thanks for taking the time. I know it’s convention season and everyone is crazy busy!

Michel Fiffe: No problem. Let’s do this!

MFR: Alright, so I know from reading the afterword you and I came into comics at roughly the same time (I’m from Miami, too and A&M was my LCS!). What do you think made that such a great period to get into comics (because I love it, even though it gets SO much hate)?

Michel Fiffe: Comics were a fairly common, ubiquitous hobby that got bit [by] the speculator bug. Some corny things came from it but some raw, batshit crazy things came from it, too. Shout out to A&M, peddlers of filth and dreams.

MFR: Oh and one thing, props for the D.R.I. reference on Deadlock’s shirt! What made you choose D.R.I.?

Michel Fiffe: Deadlock is the kind of guy who would be found in the pit at one of their shows when not stealing cars or lurking behind alleyways.

MFR: What comic (or comic artist) made you want to make comics?

Michel Fiffe: The original He-Man mini-comics that came with the toys. First comics I read.


MFR: What was it about Bloodstrike that made you want to bring it back from the dead (pun intended!)?

Michel Fiffe: A deep down desire to see their costumes in print again.

MFR: What was your process like for Bloodstrike?

Michel Fiffe: I plotted the entire thing before anything. That was the biggest challenge, to fit as many elements into a tight narrative as I could. Scripting and drawing it was next. Every step of the way was really fun, to tell you the truth.

MFR: Did you have a lot of contact with Rob Liefeld?

Michel Fiffe: He would actually send little notes strapped to albino ravens that would say “keep up the good work.”

MFR: What do you hope a reader gets from Bloodstrike?

Michel Fiffe: A fun experience that can only be found in comics and that will be reward upon subsequent rereading. I stuffed this thing to the gills.

MFR: What comics/creators do you follow today?

Michel Fiffe: I had a tiny shred of everyone I like do contribute to the Brutalists book: Paul Maybury, Chuck Forsman, Ed Piskor, Benjamin Marra, Buster Moody, Gianis Milonogiannis, Matthew Allison, Zack Soto, and Andrew MacLean.

MFR: What’s going on on the Copra front these days?

Michel Fiffe: I have the “COPRA VERSUS” mini-series that I have to wrap up. After that, it’s right back into the regular series.

MFR: Are there any other projects you want to talk about?

Michel Fiffe: COPRA is all I have on my mind. I cannot wait to get back to it.



Thanks again to Michel Fiffe for taking the time to talk with us. Bloodstrike: Brutalists #0 is available now at your local comic shop and you can check out for Copra and more!

All images courtesy of Image Comics and Michele Fiffe.

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!