We’re really excited for this month’s interview with Deena Pagilarello. We chat about comics, being a fan girl and up coming movies! (Click here to see last months interview with Sam Maggs).
Get ready, get set, here comes interview number 2!
When I go to Cons I have the hardest time not spending all of my money in one place. I usually get way too excited in Artist Alley. All of the geeky art makes my heart swell and wallet empty. This past Toronto Comic Con I got to meet a talented Artist Alley regular, Deena Pagliarello. I wanted to buy everything at her table but I managed to limit myself to her Peggy Carter drawing. Deena’s illustrations of kick ass ladies are so awesome, it’s hard not to give her all of your money.
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Deena Pagliarello and I’m a freelance illustrator. I currently reside in Toronto. I’ve been basically drawing since I can remember. I went to Ottawa U for fine art and then continued to Sheridan College for Illustration. I’ve long graduated since then, living a nice little life in Toronto with my ever-loving boyfriend, my three cats and my scads of comics.
2. What are you currently reading? Can you give us three comic book suggestions?
3. Would you call yourself a Fangirl? If so, what does that mean to you?
4. Who are your favourite badass leading ladies and why?
5. What upcoming movie/comic book/ television shows are you most looking forward to?
6. (Repeat Question but I am obsessed with this movie) Mad Max Fury Road has been getting a lot of its attention for its leading lady, Furiosa. The number of women in this action movie that have talking roles, fight and can handle their own, is in my opinion, impressive and refreshing. In positive and negative light it has been said that the movie is a ‘feminist film’. Men’s Rights Activist Groups have said to boycott the film because Furiosa ‘barks orders’ at Max. Is Furiosa the strong female lead that we need? Do you think that Mad Max is a ‘feminist’ action film?
Furiosa was such a great character. Her role harkens back to the days of Ripley from Alien and Sarah Connor from Terminator. Women who are complex, fully fleshed out protagonists are not all that common, let alone in action films. I think it’s a character that we absolutely need, she’s become so iconic in a way which is rare for a female protagonist in an action film. I don’t think George Miller set out to make a feminist action film but it has these varied female personalities, where not one woman is simply one note. It makes strong examples of feminism by way of giving women agency in a cinematic landscape where they typically have none which is incredibly empowering to see. I think that it’s just a great action film in general, and that it’s going to be one that truly stands the test of time.
7. (Repeat Question because female representation is important and I wanted to) In the some what near future, we have a Captain Marvel movie to look forward to. Do you have a fan cast for the movie? What are you most looking forward to? Do you have any hesitations? Shortly before the Captain Marvel movie, the Wonder Woman movie is coming out. DC and Marvel leading ladies movies coming out around the same time, I am too excited. Do you have an expectations for the Wonder Woman movie? Do you think that they can create a film where Wonder Woman can reach her amazing potential?
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