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"I definitely didn't expect the positive response we've gotten," says Rugg when asked about the feedback. "It's been really great and flattering. Besides some nice reviews, a number of readers have taken time to email us with feedback. It's great to receive a note from someone with encouragement or even criticism. It shows us that people are interested, and it helps us understand what works and what we need to improve."
The first three issues of "Street Angel" have been pretty dense, packed full of panels and the series has more twists & turns than you could ever expect. "The first couple issues were pretty dense; they won't all be that way. Things open up a bit in issue 4. It's a more leisurely pace. Issue 5 has a different pace as well, very action oriented, very fast but plot wise there aren't as many elements to coordinate. Both 4 and 5 will have a tighter focus on Jesse Sanchez than the first 3 issues have.
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Another reason that "Street Angel" is so popular is because of the unique design sense permeating the issue. From the titular character to her world and all its inhabitants, nothing in the series is what you could call "common." "The designs of old superhero comics are a huge influence as well as contemporary graphic design (book covers, concert posters)," explains Rugg. "I love that superhero comics can combine so many fantastic elements and still make sense visually, from the urban grittiness of Mazzuchelli's early DC and Marvel work to the crazy pop art of Kirby. That diversity is a quality I try to bring to the visual designs of our book and characters.
"When I see something I like it usually inspires me - like great lettering. Mine certainly isn't great, but I'll see lettering that I like (Sim, Clowes, Huizenga, Dave Cooper, Farel Dalrymple, James Jean) and it just makes me want to do nice lettering. That may sound weird, but it's sort of what the whole book is. It's my attempt to do something I like."
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"Since we began producing 'Street Angel,' I have been doing comics nonstop. Besides neglecting my wife, I'm not that happy with my artwork, so I plan to spend some time just working in sketchbooks and improving my drawing ability and cartooning skills. I'm not sure what the future holds for 'Street Angel.' We've written a number of 'Street Angel' stories that I'd like to draw, but I have no idea what sort of timetable we're looking at for those.
"One thing I want to mention to anyone who enjoys 'Street Angel' - 'Project: Superior.' 'Project: Superior.' 'Project: Superior.' This is an upcoming book from Adhouse books, they published the Eisner nominated anthology 'Project: Telstar.' Project: Superior is a bunch of indie cartoonists (and some not-so-indie) doing superheroes. I'm not supposed to say too much, but the contributor list is stellar. Much of the book is in color, including Brian's and my story. Our contribution features the supporting character from issue 5. You won't want to miss it. Look for it this winter. It is going to be something special! 'Project: Superior.' 'Project: Superior.' 'Project.Superior.'"
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Now what about the issue previewed in this interview? "This preview is for 'Street Angel 4: Down in the Dumpster Blues,'" says Rugg. "I don't want to give anything away storywise, I'll only say that Jesse looks for something to eat in this issue. Preorders are due in October (I think), the book should be in the September Previews and it'll be in stores in early December.
"If you want to check out 'Street Angel' but your store doesn't carry it, ask them to reorder it from Diamond. Every issue of 'Street Angel' is available through Diamond. Ask your retailer to order a copy and he/she should be able to get it for you in 1 or 2 weeks."