The Adventures of Solestar artist profile: Omar Spahi

revisedSolestarCoverThe plan was to post an artist spotlight every day or so until the planned release date of The Adventures of Solestar, March 31st. However, a wrench got thrown into that when to Siike’s surprise, it went on sale yesterday. Pick it up either at CreateSpace or through our Amazon (search Adventures of Solestar). $8 from every copy sold on CreateSpace goes towards the donation being made to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, and $3 from every copy sold on Amazon goes towards those funds. Without further ado…..

Omar Spahi

10474199_816678991700307_2622145597085048530_n– How did you hear about “The Adventures of Solestar”?

I heard about the project through Siike Donnelly. I remember we were talking about OSSM Comics and Solestar at NYCC in 2012.The project always intrigued me because it was a comic for a great cause and a different take to superhero comics. It also sounded like a monumental task to get that many creators on one book. I’m really astonished the Solestar team was able to get everyone together they way they did. 

– After hearing about the book and the cause, why did you feel it was important for you to be a part of it?

Mostly, Siike’s one of my closest friends and I know how much this project meant to him and his heart. Even when it didn’t raise the amount he thought it would the first time, he didn’t give up. That’s why we have this new edition, which I was lucky to contribute to as a writer and artist.

– As one of 150+ artists to work on the book, how did you approach the process of creating your part for the book? Was it more difficult than working on a piece completely from start to finish?
I’m really not an artist. I’m a writer, so I wrote a letter in the book, from the POV of a sixth grade version of myself. I did my best to embody the dialogue and sentence structure of a sixth grader and my art style was already there so it took very little adapting for the image I drew.

Siike grew up with comics, inspired a lot by his favorite; Superman. If you could translate your favorite book/movie or draw one issue of your favorite comic book (that you haven’t already), who would it be and why?

I would love to write for the Flash, he’s always been my favorite superhero going up people think he just runs fast. That’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

– Where can people find more of your work and do you have a social media site you’d like to plug?

You can check out my titles Separators and Thaniel at your local comic shop, and get them to order a book I produced, written by Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, Flash, Injustice) and drawn by Toni Infante, called Sons of the Devil – through Image Comics. I’m also the owner ofOSSM COMICS and I can followed on twitter at @Xenoglyphs
Omar's pages from "The Adventures of Solestar" featuring additional art by Braden Hackmer
Omar’s pages from “The Adventures of Solestar” featuring additional art by Braden Hackmer

Stay tuned for a full review of Solestar in the next day or two, but until then go buy a few copies. Christmas is coming 🙂

~Shuddy Boy

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