“To burn for someone is to melt in the process”
Greetings and jamutations! The Tin Foil is back with another dose of digital artist goodness. Last time we did this, we explored the Far East side of the globe. This time, let’s go south, way south, past the equator. In the merry ol’ land of Brasil, where Samba and Carnival thrive, we encounter a digital artist whose internet fame is only rivaled by Chiara Bautista. I’m talking of course about Gabriel Picolo. I mentioned him a few articles ago when I highlighted his upcoming Raven book, but his art is so mesmerizing that it needs an article of its own.
Although his name reminds me of Dragon Ball Z, his art style is definitely his own. His colors can make even Fiona Staples jealous, and his lines are as sensual as they are sharp.Based in Brasil, Picolo’s digital roots begin when he joined DeviantArt.
He quickly rose to fame by doing a massive 365-day, new-doodle-a-day project. He became so renowned and integral to the community that he was awarded a Deviousness Award in 2016 (just 2 years after he joined).
From then on, he became near unstoppable. He created his love story, Icarus and the Sun, and took the internet world by storm. Inspired by the age old Greek mythology, Icarus and the Sun puts a spin on the tale by turning both protagonists into amazing and relatable opposites. Icarus is now a winged angel, made almost entirely of wax, and the Sun is female figure that burns ever so bright.
Both beings fall in love, becoming inseparable, but at the same time, Icarus is unable to fully commit as he’s going through his own personal demons (plus, he melts when he’s near her!). The story seemingly ends on a cliffhanger, and while people kept clamoring for a resolution, Picolo would slyly state that that was it for now.
Earlier this year, he announced an IndieGogo campaign to get his digital story onto printed pages. His goal was $20,000, just enough to possible print a few thousand books, but at least the story would finally be finished. What happened, however, was unprecedented. On Tuesday, March 5, at 11am PT, the campaign went live, and the IndieGogo servers went dead.
Picolo’s art and story had reached millions across the globe, and amongst those millions, there were thousands of die hard fans that were begging to get their hands in the finished product. Servers were overloaded, the perks sold out fast, and in effort to keep the hype going, people kept throwing money at it, meeting every stretch goal he could name. In the end, the book became the highest funded comic on IndieGogo, ending at a mere $596,460.
I believe there’s a term for this amount of money: “Fuck You money”. Not only is it more than enough to give every single (physical copy) backer a hardcover book, it’s enough to give Picolo himself a “Sean Murphy” name-your-own-terms contract. Usually, the aim of a crowd-funded comic is to not only get the book itself printed, but to also get noticed by an indie company.
Some creators hope that companies like Red 5 Comics, Antarctic Press, Scout Comics, etc., notice their campaign and decide to offer thema deal to give the book a massive print run (usually between 3k-5k). However, Picolo, who is not yet an established comic artist, is going to be able to do practically a 15k print run (16k total backers, probably a little under 15k went for the physical copy).
If he chooses to play hardball with DC (although I’m not definitely not giving him or anyone else advice, hint), he can simply walk away and do another crowd-funded project. He already has the massive support, and it could even end up topping this project! At the age of 26, Picolo is already a success, and he is here to stay.
Before his Raven book has even hit the stands, Picolo has proven he can stand amongst the A-list artists. Watch out for him, folks; he is a genuine blue-chipper. When DC gives him the go ahead to ink Teen Titans books (and why wouldn’t they?), any early work of his will explode. If his art and future books are not on your spec-radar yet, make sure you correct that, pronto.