(W/A) Michel Fiffe

Copra #18 has arrived you mother fulffers!!! it’s the Xenia issue, the magic issue, the losing your grip on reality which is inconvenient for everybody because of your godlike powers issue.

It’s also the issue that brings this arc to a close. I’ve been focusing on key members of Copra issue by issue, and this Xenia story winds it all down while also setting up the next arc. -FIFFE



(W/A) Michel Fiffe

"I’ll admit that this was one of the most difficult issues to produce. I basically knew what the story was, what the dialogue lines and general staging would be, but… I didn’t really know until I started to actually work on it. It was very odd. The process probably didn’t help: I wanted to invoke a little bit of Jack Kirby in this chapter (being that Guthie is based on one of his creations). I’ve been running on a Kirby influence in a spontaneous, gut level, get-it-done kind of way, but this time I wanted to try it a little differently.

I’ve  heard of Jack drawing a page by starting at the top left hand corner and continuing down to the lower right hand corner until the page was complete. The drawing sounded like it was more stream of consciousness and less obviously calculated. The planning was all in Jack’s head.

So in the spirit of that anecdote, I decided to forego any layouts whatsoever. I also didn’t break up the stages into workload batches the way I usually do. This meant that I woke up with two blank pages staring at me, equipped with only a vague notion of what I wanted to do. By the end of the day, my aim was to have two complete pages, fully colored and ready to scan.

Wake up, coffee, write, lay out, podcast, pencil, lunch, ink, coffee, walk dog, more ink, more podcasts, dinner, question life choices, stretch legs, more ink, color, pass out, repeat next day.

Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes I was too wiped out to even erase a page. This issue kicked my ass, but I’m really happy with the results. You’ll like it.

And of course, it’s about Guthie, whom last we saw crashing and falling through a window in some far off world. Looks like she survived and when you read the issue, you’ll know how."



(W/A) Michel Fiffe

Continuing the exploration of the background and motivations of the major players in Fiffe's groundbreaking series, Issue #15 focuses on the enigmatic Gracie. Stuck in the middle of the city where she was born and raised, Gracie deviates from her Copra mission to catch up with some old friends.

COPRA #15 by Michel Fiffe

COPRA #15 by Michel Fiffe

Copra is a team of misfit mercenaries who have just wrapped up a tragic transdimensional caper, cleared their name from a mass murder and saved the world from apocalyptic domination (in the first 12 issues). Some members died, some triumphed, some went their own ways. But the nightmare is far from being over. The focus now shifts to some of the key members of Copra.



(W/A) Michel Fiffe

One of the great mysteries of the universe has been solved--we now have the true pronunciation of both "Copra" and its creator "Fiffe." Now if we can just find out how to pronounce his first name... Ah well, you don't actually need to know any of these things to enjoy what may be the most offbeat issue of the series--featuring the man in the machine, WIR!