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Behind the Panel: Arielle Jovellanos: From musical theatre geek to comics artist

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May 9, 2018, 6:07 PM EDT (Updated)

You may know New York-born artist and illustrator Arielle Jovellanos from her work on the Eisner- and Harvey-nominated anthology series Fresh Romance. She also provided a series of cool variant covers for Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Giles four-issue miniseries written by Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander.

Jovellanos is also mostly known for organizing and putting together those stunning limited-edition art books Hamilton: An American Musical zine #Ham4Pamphlet. A huge Broadway fan, Jovellanos asked 45 artists to illustrate the 46 tracks of the best-selling original Hamilton cast recording of the award-winning musical, and printed them as "pamphlets" for the cast and crew as a thank you for being invited backstage. As you can see on her official page, the results are absolutely breathtaking.

Jovellanos is also currently hard at work on a workplace comic book about Filipina-American witches (more on that later) inspired by yet another Broadway musical, Wicked — which was the first musical she fell in love with when she was in seventh grade.

SYFY WIRE sat down with Jovellanos for our latest edition of Behind the Panel to chat about her artistic influences and her love of Broadway musicals. She explained how Wicked turned out to be formative to her taste, which is reflected in her stories featuring strong female friendships and female empowerment.

She also touched upon her residency with the company Redbubble in San Francisco — where she's both writing and illustrating that Filipina-American witches comic — before diving into organizing the Hamilton: An American Musical zine.

Jovellanos also revealed her comic book influences, which mostly include newspaper comic strips like Garfield, and her love for Japanese manga artist Rumiko Takahashi and comic book artist and creator Annie Wu. Come have a look at our exclusive interview with Arielle Jovellanos for more!

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.