Just about anything with Emma Frost looking her diva best is going to make me pause, which is how I stumbled upon Chris Panda.
— Chris Panda (@ChrisPandArt) March 22, 2017
Continue scrolling through the French comic book artist’s Twitter feed or website and you’ll find many more comic fashion gems — all of which will be available in the second volume of Kicking Ass & Wearing Heels, an art book that combines his admiration of superheroes with his love of fashion. Superhero outfits can often leave something to be desired, but it’s also nice to see our favourite heroes (and villains) out of their skintight suits. In the first volume of what I personally hope will be a continuing series, the characters got to let their hair down and get casual. Now, they are glamming it up on the red carpet. The Kickstarter for volume two is live and has already reached its initial funding goal, which means it’s time to look at stretch goals, including A4 prints and paper dolls.
You list Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman, Chun Li, and Lum Invader as characters who instilled in you a love for badass women. Where does your passion for fashion stem from? Who or what are your influences in the fashion world?
The first book in your series featured superheroes getting a little more casual than their usual saving the world attire. This time you’re taking it to the red carpet. Are there any real life celebrity red carpet designs that have inspired some of the looks you’ve created here?
Prior to jumping into the world of comics, you were a freelance illustrator. What kind of illustrative work did you do before? How does it compare to your comic focus now?
Aside from work on comics for IDW Publishing, you’ve also successfully kickstarted your own comic, Wonderland Resistance. How is the series going?
For me, as long as I was able to print it, Wonderland Resistance was already a success. It’s a story I had in me for two years and that I reworked in my free time since. The first issue is already written and now I just need to find time, once Kicking Ass & Wearing Heels Volume 2 is finished, to draw the second issue and do a second Kickstarter to try to finance it. I got big plans for Alice and all the universe I created around those characters and I hope the people are gonna follow and I will have the chance to produce more issues.
Check out Chris Panda’s Kicking Ass & Wearing Heels Volume 2 Kickstarter for more details!