Updated: Jan 25, 2020
CAFU is one of the best artist in the game right now, his pen name is derived from the initials of his real name, Carlos Alberto Fernandez Urbano.
After making a name for himself at Valiant, he took on work at almost every major publisher.
His latest work on JANE FOSTER: VALKYRIE, is perhaps his best work yet. with breathtaking visuals he helps elevate this book to new heights.
Come see what he has to say about his new project and what it's like working on this iconic character.
COMIC LOUNGE: When did you first get into comics as a kid?
CAFU: I don't remember how old I started reading comics because they have always been in my life. When I was 2 or 3 years old, I already loved superheroes thanks to Christopher Reeve's Superman and I spent the day drawing, so my family always gave me Marvel and DC comics
COMIC LOUNGE: Who were some of your influences growing up?
CAFU: My biggest influences have always been artists like Alan Davis and Carlos Pacheco. Then, in 2000, with the arrival of the most cinematic comic style, I became obsessed with authors such as Frank Quietly, Brian Hitch and John Cassaday. Still, these three authors continue to influence me a lot.
COMIC LOUNGE: You've done a work at most of the major publishers since breaking in, what was your first professional job? What was your favorite?
CAFU: My first professional job was for Image in 2005, but my first paid professional job () was for Marvel two years later (the comic was called Marvel Adventures, The Avengers).
My favorite job of my entire career was precisely what I did last year for Valiant, The Life and Death of Toyo Harada. I have never enjoyed a script as much as this comic.
COMIC LOUNGE: You helped launch JANE FOSTER: VALKYRIE this past month. What was your initial reaction when approached for this project?
CAFU: The first thing I did when I learned that I was going to be the Valkyrie cartoonist was to find all my Thor and The Defenders comics to document me. I thought I was going to have to draw the classic version of Brunnhilde.
Then they told me that Valkyrie was going to be Jane Foster now and I was amazed
I thought "OMG, but what will happen in the WAR OF THE REALMS event?"
COMIC LOUNGE: Were you a fan of Aaron's Thor before taking on the project?
CAFU: I love Jason Aaron's Thor. It's one of my favorite stages of the character, and the work they did with Jane Foster seems spectacular to me They have made her one of the best characters of recent years
COMIC LOUNGE: Was the Valkyrie design your idea? How else do you plan on showing her unique abilities with her new "hammer"?
CAFU: I really like the design of the new Valkyrie and all its new powers. I'm really enjoying drawing all the new things that are happening in Jane Foster's life
COMIC LOUNGE:With the announcement of Jane Foster becoming Thor in the movies, the book has gotten a lot more exposure. Does that give you any added pressure working on the book?
CAFU: On the contrary, I love that the character has all this attention from the media because he deserves it. This helps me to charge myself with energy to do the best job possible
COMIC LOUNGE: What was your reaction when you found out the book sold out already?
CAFU: I couldn't believe it
It is the first time that happened in my entire career that a comic that I have drawn is sold out the day after it goes on sale. It's amazing
COMIC LOUNGE:Are you planning on staying on the book indefinitely?
CAFU: Of course! I love the scripts of Ewing and Aaron
COMIC LOUNGE: Are there any other projects you're currently working on that you can talk about?
CAFU: I always have a project in mind for the future, but I am currently focused on VALKYRIE and The Life and Death of Toyo Harada 100%. It will be a very intense year!