It’s now the year 2020 (yes, I know, it’s somewhat hard to believe, but we really are in the year 2020 now), so it sure feels like it’s about time that we publish our very first 2020 interview.
Well, done and said! Because it’s now time for a brand-new interview in our art and comics interview series! (don’t miss out on our previous interviews with Larry Higgins, Rodrigo Ybañez, Team RAGS, Pablo Romero and Kukuruyo!)
Well, I think you get the idea. So who exactly did we get a chance to do an interview with this time then? Well, the said person is no one less than the super talented Italian SFW and NSFW pinups artist Sciamano240! (his real name is Mirco Cabbia)
And during our interview with Sciamano240 we ended up talking about everything from fictional pinup babes, Comicsgate, nowaday’s SJW/PC madness to his thoughts on censorship and cancel culture.
Thank you so much for taking your time to do this interview with us =) So with that said, please right ahead and introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi Robin and hi everyone! I’m Mirco Cabbia, alias Sciamano240 and I draw ladies online. I mostly do SFW and NSFW pinups of anime, video games and my own characters. I’m from Italy but most of my followers are from NA which is why all my social pages are in English. I’m glad to have this interview with you!
Do you remember how everything started for you in terms of reading, creating and drawing comics?
As a kid, I used to read a lot of “Topolino”, which are comics of Mickey Mouse and other characters from Disney. Then I switched to Anime and Manga, from Dragonball to One Piece. Drawing comics is how I started, but then I slowly moved my interests to illustration.
Are there any artists and comics that you truly like, respect and look up to? If so, which?
There are many anime/hentai Artists, YD in particular and ataruman. When it comes to illustrations like mine, I’m a fan of Artgerm, old Sakimichan, Dandonfuga and Tsuaii. There are many other artists I like for their professional works, but I can’t remember their names. I mostly save their artworks in my inspiration folder.
For how long have you been drawing and creating pictures/comics? And what has the response and feedback been since you started to make comics and drawings of sexy and thick babes?
I did comics for a bit in Italian, for like two years. Then in 2015, I started doing pinups of the videogame Smite and after that moved to other fandoms.
From what I remember, I never had a bad kind of feedback or outrage comments under my pictures. So if there are any, most of the time it’s people not liking a particular picture or accusing me of doing too much/not enough nudes or porn.
Have you always been into drawing sexy and thick ladies? (when, where, how and why)
I was not. You see, at the beginning, I just drew random fan arts. Then I decided to so something spicier and, since the feedback was nice and I was enjoying doing that, I decided to keep ongoing.
To be honest I think the first people asking me about these kinds of sexy commissions made me realize which kind of artworks I like and I want to draw. Why I draw ladies? I like ‘em. That’s pretty much it.
I got a follow-up question on the same topic. Why do you think that so many people and big-name companies in the comic, movie and video games industry are so afraid of the female form nowadays?
It’s hard to tell. I mean, this is mostly an American issue, but it’s slowly reaching us as well (thank god it’s not here in Italy yet). For all I can say by judging what I saw, companies and news media nowadays bet on virtue signaling and outrage clicks from the public.
Bad publicity somehow is now good publicity, since all they care about is money. I don’t know for how long they’ll be able to keep this woke facade on, but I hope people will start to realize what they really care about. They don’t care about you (you as customers), they never did.
Speaking of female boobs and the fear of them. I’m pretty sure that you must have heard quite a few “buzzwords” from the SJW camp as of lately. You know, buzzwords such as “unrealistic standards”, broken spine” and “where are her organs” and so on?
If so, what are your thoughts on that matter? I for one don’t agree with them at all, because there exist all sorts of female body types in real-life…
TheQuartering via Youtube (“Only Good Boys & Girls Can Watch!”)
ShortFatOtaku via Youtube (“Where Are Her Organs?”)
I’ve seen some of it, yeah. I might agree to some extent since some bodies are really out of this world. But that doesn’t bother me since I know they are not supposed to be real nor they pretend to. Why would you look at a superhero comic book and act as if it was real?
Superheroes are not real and have never been (maybe Jesus?). Why then not judge comics male bodies with the same standards? You could argue the same for those super buffed male bodies, but of course, they don’t dare to even talk about that because it would weaken their narrative. Males can be sexualized, females no.
Personally, I think that you are one of the most talented artists out there. As a matter of fact, you can really see if it’s you that have made a picture even before you see your signature. So, did it take you a long time to find your own unique drawing style?
Thank you very much! It took me a year to really control it, maybe a bit more. Style, like drawing, is really upon how much you do it. A suggestion I would give to anyone looking for their style is to pick 2-3 artists of which you like the style and keep them as references when you draw. Your style will eventually develop as you exercise.
What’s the art and comic market like in Italy? And what’s really popular in Italy right now when it comes to comics and art?
I have to admit I don’t follow much content from Italy. What I know is that comics are a big chunk of nowadays art market, both traditional and webcomics.
Also, there aren’t many big videogame or VFX companies in Italy, so unless new artists want to work outside of Italy, comics are the most common choice for them. There is a lot of comics self-production and that’s where artists get fans and popularity. Comic artists are more common than illustrators.
What would you say that you’re the proudest of so far with your comics/drawings and why?
I’m proud of the faces I draw. I put a lot of effort in drawing faces and usually it’s the main focus in my drawing process. I still have to learn a lot and I don’t nail them 100% of the time, but I do enjoy them.
As you just happen to be a creator of comics and art. What’s your opinion on comicsgate and what’s it been like to be an indie comics artists/creator in today’s comics industry?
I don’t know much about comicsgate, but I heard a bit of it. It sucks to see how the world of comics changed so much after that happened and I think it’s hard to come back from that.
Though proving that you can do much better comics by yourself with the support of fans on platforms like GoFundMe, might make them realize what people really want in the end. I hope companies will follow and take the right decision in the near future.
At the moment I don’t read many comics and I don’t see myself as a comic artist. As for what I draw, I’ve never been harassed by any of these people, so I guess I should consider myself lucky!
I’m not 100% sure if you’re into video games or not, but even if that’s not the case. I’m still quite sure that you must have heard about the drama and scandals surrounding Blizzard (the Blitzchung and Blizzcon “Incident”)?
Well, if that’s the case, then I’m very curious to hear what you have to say about the said subject. Especially so since Blizzard continues to silence and punish those who support Hong Kong and It’s people who are fighting for their freedom…
All I have to say is that Blizzard fucked up big time here and I hope fans and gamers don’t give them a pass for that. Consuming products just for the sake of it is not something I condone, especially when companies like Blizzard are blatantly lying to your face.
I do recall that you mentioned something about you not liking how the LGBT community is being used for free press (the context would be how Blizzard ships on LGBT character after another for political correctness points), do you have the same stance today on that subject?
Yes, I do. I don’t like at all how companies are using the LGBT community as a free publicity stunt. It’s ok as long as it’s intended since the beginning (Tracer for example), but then changing gender or sexuality just to get some publicity out of it sounds like a sneaky maneuver.
I mean all you have to do is look at the same game, but in China, where Tracer and Soldier76 are both heterosexual. That should make people think.
Since you have made a ton of drawings of sexy ladies over the years, surely you must have noticed the rise of voices who wants to police the art medium as a whole?
And with that fresh in mind, what’s your take on censorship, cancel culture and SJW madness in general? And what do you think we could do about it?
I don’t approve of it and I find it somewhat incredible. I don’t understand how this whole SJW anti-culture grew so much and I hope it doesn’t spread here as well.
The Internet made it so that these groups of people could have a platform where they can be really loud. Normal people don’t really care about politics 24/7 nor they are on Twitter sperging non-stop, but SJWs are activists and that’s all they have in their lives.
What I hope is that more people start to realize what’s going on and feel free to express their opinions without the fear of getting canceled by the mob. They can’t cancel everyone after all. The more they #metoo, the less believable it will be. I don’t know if it’s a solution, but it might help.
We have now reached the very end of this interview. So I’m going to wrap everything up by asking you the following: What are your hopes, plans and expectations for the rest of the year? And is there anything else that you would like to say to our readers?
Well…The year is almost over (2019 is actually is over by the time of publishing this interview), so I don’t have much planned.
However, I’d like to try Twitch as soon as I get a better connection and stream myself drawing from time to time… I guess that’s something.
Thank you again for having me here and to everyone that followed this interview. I hope you all enjoy my works! Cya!
Robin “V-Act” Ek
Editor in chief
The Gaming Ground
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