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Poetry in Motion

A Talk with David Nicoll

By Gabriel Ramirez

NICOLL2We would cordially like to introduce you to poet/musician/artist David Nicoll. David Nicoll was inducted as an International poet of Merit with the International society of poetry in the Sheraton Hotel in Washington Dc in 1997 and made it to the semi-finals of their poetry competition, from among 2000 selected poets from all over the world. He was selected for the International Who’s Who of Poetry in 2012.

He was also a guest artist on Radio Wicca International who will be playing music from his CDs.

And it all started here. David Nicoll’s first released literary work is Thoughts and Reflections, and his first CD is David Nicoll and Friends Volume 1.

Now on to the interview. Let’s get to know this awesome artist, shall we?

IM: When did you get started in music?

DN: I have loved music since my teenage years and started playing about twenty years ago.

IM: What made you get into the art of the spoken word?

DAVID RB NICOLL1DN:  It was not a deliberate act; poetry came naturally to me!

IM: How long have you been writing?

DN: I have been writing poetry and short stories for the last thirty years.

IM: Which do you prefer to create: books or CDs?

DN: I love creating both books and CDs, as they each have different qualities.

IM: Who (or what) are your artistic influences?

DN: Nature, humor and humanity

IM: Who are you reading?

DN:  Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny!

IM: Do you participate in live shows/readings?

DN: Yes, I do!

IM: What are your favorite composition tools?

DN: A pen and writing pad!

IM: Which is closer to you music or poetry?

DN: Poetry first!

IM: What do you listen to?

DN: South African musicians

IM: Do you play any instruments?

DN: Yes I play djembe and guitar

NICOLL1IM: Do you enjoy collaboration?

DN: Yes I do and I have done quite a few with many friends and fellow musicians!

IM: In your creative process, which comes first when creating music, the words or the melody?

DN: The words!

IM: Can anyone beat Batman?

DN: His wife, no doubt!

IM: How do you feel about Cannabis?

DN: I don’t! What do you feel about it? (Editors note: This interviewer LOVES it!)

IM: What do you personally like about creating art?

DN:  I love it!

IM: Do you have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram?

DN: I’m on Facebook, WordPress and Instagram!

IM: Got a website?

DN: Not at the moment!

IM: Please take this final question and use this space to promote any projects, peddle yer products and give your shout outs!

DN: I have two books available on Amazon.com and KDP books! Thoughts and Reflections contains poetry, short stories, and humor, with some matching full-color photos and illustrations. It also includes a letter from President Nelson Mandela, which he sent to me after he received the poem “Peace and Harmony!” in 1995.

The other book is called POKES POetic joKES, which is just what it says! If you have a sense of humor, then this book is for you! There are also matching illustrations for some of the POKES.

On Reverbnation under David R B Nicoll I have the following CDs: David Nicoll and friends, Volumes 1 and 2; Treat it so; This is MAD2; and On Days Like These. The last three are collaborations with Mervyn Fuller on composition and production, Mike Pregnolatu on lead guitar and keyboards and Mike Laatz on Saxophone. We are known as MAD, Mervyn And Dave!

WordPress: http://poetrypagesofdave.wordpress.com

Music: http://www.reverbnation.com/davidrbnicoll


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MuchaMuchaMota Interview – Gaspare Orrico

By Gabriel Ramirez

Welcome to The official 4/20 MuchaMuchaMota interview! Today we will shine the spotlight on artiste extraordinaire Gaspare Orrico.Gaspare8-web

Gaspare Orrico was born in Cosenza (Italy) on January 22, 1978. After attending art school and graduating with a degree in medieval history, Gaspare decided that he loved to work and study  graphics, character design and. At the same time, he decided to follow his dream and achieve what had always been his true aspiration: to become a cartoonist. His first published work was in November 2012, in the comic anthology Steam Punk Originals for Arcana Comics, a Canadian publishing house. In January 2013, he worked for Arcana Comics again and did the cover of the book Steam punk Originals II. Gaspare can currently be seen showcasing his kick-ass art as the artist for Crazy Monkey Ink’s two-issue miniseries Deathsquad-0. Recently, he began working as a cover artist for Landslide, published by the Headshrinker’s Press.

Now, on to the interview. Let’s get to know this awesome artist shall we?

Gaspare cover--deathsquad_KC2-webIF: When did you get started in comics?

GO: The first comic I read was Superman. I was captivated by his adventures. I remember that I was eight.

IF: What made you get into comics?

GO: I cannot explain. It was something instinctive, perhaps the desire to feel accomplished.

IF: How long have you been drawing?

GO: Drawing for me is like breathing. I could not help it.

IF: What is your first published work?

GO:  My first published work was in November of 2012 for Arcana Comics, a Canadian publishing house, in a comic anthology called Steam punk Originals. I also created a cover for this anthology. But the follow-up work experience was very short.

IF: Who have you worked for?

GO: I worked with several Italian and foreign publishers, including Arcana Comics (Canadian), Mitomano Comics (Chilean), and Absolute Black, (Italian). For almost two years I’ve been collaborating with The Crazy Monkey Ink and with Headshrinker’s Press.Gaspare DS0_pg7-print-web

IF: Who are your artistic influences?

GO: I have different influences, but I think we can say that for my artistic training, there have been important artists like Frank Miller and Mike Mignola, but above all, the great artists who created the 90s publisher Image Comics: Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and Jim Lee.

IF: What is your favorite genre to draw?

GO: I do not have a genre that I like to draw over another. I like to explore, to try to draw more and experiment with something different. Although, strangely, I can draw monsters very easily. In fact many people think that I like the horror genre, but I do not.

IF: Do you draw digitally or on paper?

GO: I like to draw on paper, to feel the touch of pencil on paper. Although I see that many now work entirely with the computer.

IF: What are your favorite tools?

Gaspare DS0_pg9-print-webGO: I love drawing on recycled paper, using colored pencil. In fact, I use these materials for my sketches of characters or scenes that I’m going to use in the comics.

IF: Do you watch TV or movies or listen to music while you create art?

GO: While drawing, I’m usually listening to different music. I love rock, but lately, I have come to appreciate punk music. I think I have a punk spirit.

IF: Do you currently collect comics?

GO: My collection of comics is monstrously huge. I have comics of Spider-Man, Wolverine, Batman, X-men, Dylan Dog, Hell Boy, Spawn, Sin City, and many others.

IF: Do you currently read anything regularly?

GO: I regularly read the comics drawn by Jim Lee, a Great I’d like to meet one day.

IF: Do you ever buy/read comics digitally?

GO: Lately, I’ve been reading comics digitally, although I by far prefer hardcopy.

IF: Who is your favorite superhero?Gaspare DS01_P1-print-web

GO: I have several superheroes that I like, but my absolute favorites are Wolverine and Batman.

IF: Can anyone beat Batman?

GO: No one can defeat Batman!

IF: How do you feel about Cannabis?

GO: A good question. I believe that cannabis is a personal thing. I have no preconceived ideas, so I think it should be legalized worldwide.

IF: What do you like about drawing comics?

GO: The force of the imagination, creating new worlds, characters performing impossible missions. I believe that making comics is like making a film on paper.

IF: Do you have a Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and/or Instagram?

GO: I have a Facebook page: gaspareorricoart, where I post public previews of pages of comics and various sketches. I also have a page that rarely use on Instagram.Gaspare DS01_P2-print-web

IF: Got a website?

GO: I do not have a website, but a blog:  gaspareorrico-sketchbook.blogspot.com. This is a public blog where I write all the news about my activities in the world of comics.

IF: Please take this final question and use this space to promote any projects, peddle yer products and give your shout outs! Thank you, Gaspare, for taking the time to do this interview. YOU ROCK!

GO: Plans for the future… a good question. I am currently engaged to complete the pages of the second issue of Deathsquad-0 for Crazy Monkey Ink and finish the illustrations for the Book of Monsters for Headshrinker’s Press. Very ambitious project, because the illustrations are accompanied by short stories and macabre nursery rhymes.

I would love to continue this partnership with these publishing houses and be able to participate in some comic conventions in America.

Till the next interview this is MuchaMuchaMota signing off, it’s time for a celebration!

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