Zukuzu's Illustrated FML
So, before you get the Saturday night fever, check out this week’s artist. “In private, people call me God or Mâ bâh.” But in reality, he’s called Gabriel Boubet, AKA Zukuzu. But God has a website. Two even, due to the fact that he works on Zukuzu and Yuri’s Storiz. And God is also 28, and lives in Paris. He draws and sleeps very little. “I make the most of life and the joys that it brings!” Beautiful.
What does Gabriel like in what he does? “Telling stories, taking people on trips into my world, in a serious or funny way, in a comic or illustration, if people like what I do, I’m happy.” What he needs? “Right now, a helping hand and some visibility. And ideally some assistants and a workshop. I’ve got a lot of stories and projects in my mind, but I have to choose the ones I do due to lack of time. I’d love to create everything I’ve got in my head with a team of passionate people.”
Don’t miss Zukuzu’s Yuri’s Storiz. It’s turbomedia, which means that it’s a digital interactive comic book. It’s what he’s what he’s working on at the moment; it’s the story of a boy who becomes the prisoner of an adventure in which he doesn’t control his life anymore… because it’s up to the readers to decide what happens to him. Great, isn’t it? Gabriel points out also: “I’m fighting to save him! A horrible person is threatening to kill Yuri, unless if a thousand of us stand up to him!”
When we ask him about his school days, he answers, “School what? I come from the streets, I didn’t go to school. I’ve been drawing on my own since I was little, and then I wanted to share my work. I worked for a few years at Disney to then set up as a freelancer in Paris, and then come back to my first love which is comic books. And I was sick of being dressed up as Goofy all day.”
And since Zukuzu likes talking about his projects, what about the rest? “For the moment, I’m working on Yuri to push on through the medium that I’m using and also develop the scenario (which will be surprising). It’s a long-term project. It’ll take a while, but I have faith. I’m going to try and spread the word about it, so I can get well known, and then develop my other projects. In the short-term, I’m going to start a collaborative illustration website with a great concept, you’ll see. And in the long-term, I want to create other comic book projects and fairy tales, create a studio with other passionate people, and become master of the world.” And to become master of the world, we all know that the next step is to finish this interview, so on to the next part (transition king over here).
What were the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
So, maybe not the latest, but the things I really enjoyed…. I’m really into moved and my tastes are really removed from my funny little stories, but the last film to move me was “Take Shelter” by Jeff Nichols, brilliant. The book I always have on me is “Steppenwolf” by Hermann Hesse. I read passages, and I’ve illustrated it. The last good track is “Iron” by Woodkid. In comics I’d say the manga “Fighting cock” by Izo Hashimoto, which I’ve been dragging around since its release. It’s a story I would’ve liked to make up.
Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
My passions are food and sex. I also like to draw when I’ve got nothing to eat or make out with. For pastimes, I like creating screenplays or thinking up comic book dialogues, often while falling asleep. My vices, only “Devilman” can see them (sort of a private joke). Everyday pleasure, I’d say a fresh notepad, get drawing on it, then realise that I’ve been drawing all night when I start to hear the birds singing and that Paris is still sleeping… Nah, a good blowjob is better.
Tell us a crap joke. Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, tell us your worst FML.
It’s the story of a fox that goes into a chicken run and eats a chicken. When the farmer realizes this, he asks the fox if he ate the chicken. And the fox says no. But it was him.
Do you have a phobia?
I’m afraid of nothing. I love danger. I laugh in the face of danger!
If so, which one?
Elephant cemeteries, chalk under my fingernails, people who dip their croissants in their coffee or cocoa make me want to puke so they can feel what I feel.
To finish off, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, then it’s up to you whether or not to answer it.
I don’t want Yuri to end, what should I do to save him? You just have to like his Facebook page and spread the word, but only if you really like him!
There you go, that’s all for this week! Thanks to Gabriel for his contribution!
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