We are what we are

—Are you gods?

—No. We are what we are – says bitterly – . But some love to use that title when they appear before you. Others… we fell.

—I saw a battle. I saw you raising a flag. I saw him tearing your wings off.

Lucifer looks at her with certain indolence. There is a shred of nostalgia in his lifeless eyes.

—That was a long time ago…

—That war continues. That’s why i’m here, isn’t it?

Lucifer turns around and raises an eyebrow.

—Long ago I absolved myself of world affairs.

—You’re not like I expected.

—Disappointed?

—Yeah, pretty much.

—Here you have the great Lucifer – adds with distressed grandiloquence -. The evil scourge, the great fear of humanity. For ages we have fought to Anu and Marduk, their ability to manipulate to their convenience. To present his speech as the only valid. Ages ago I also got tired. Sorry for the disappointment.

2038. THE WORLD HAS TURNED FROM DREAM TO NIGHTMARE

The sun wears red blood an ancient city near the horizon. Tokyo gives out day by day its former glory. The silence has settled like a crushing slab on the streets, but the buildings are still standing. Lackluster with chipped facades and signs, but still standing, and that could not be said for all cities. The old districts have become hermetic. Each has its own rules, life and owners. Many of its colorful streets of the past are now nothing more than sinister and dangerous alleys. Creatures that previously thought to exist in legend and fantasy inhabit them.

A hooded figure walks down the middle of one of those narrow streets of faded neons.

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Pictorially (in terms of experimentation, expression, …) at what time you find yourselves, because I understand that projects as this have much work behind it.

The project itself takes a goal of uniting different arctistic branches together to constitute a whole. Each one has to offer its own independent Malefic, but with further addition of the disciplines in the project, the sum of them compleate more the universe of Malefic making it richer and opening new posibilities.

 

We speak of a multidisciplinary project that begins with the union of the music disc by Avalanch. Has the original idea had the intention of making such an open project or have you been taking the ideas on the occasions given?

When we begun, as I said before, we had the intention to unite: story, images prepared to be reproduced and also pictorial image to be seen as exhibition work. And now, after few months of work in Madrid, we saw that the story needed the expansion of a novel (we couldnt give all the nuances and expand in a picture book). So following this, in all this months locked in the world of Malefic day and night, we propose turning it into a multidisciplinary project. It needed music, phisical figures to accompany, videos where the world of Malefic could have movement, manga, comic, etc. And gradually other creatives were adding their quality to the project and enhancing the Malefic universe.

 

Apocalypse is the first part of the trilogy, with Avalanch taking a break, does that change the plans for the launch of the second part or it is independet of Avalanch disc?

The project, in its second and third part will follow together with other arts or media that are added to it. Althought creatives that join and enhance the project must not necessarily be the same. This is about combination of different branches with other nuances, giving in this case the overview of a totally decadent Tokyo and later, an almost medieval Paris in this near future close to Malefic Time.

 

The musical part begins with this tougher version of the asturians and now continues with the finished video of “Silently”. How do you see this very particular “Royo” esthetic embodied in flesh and bones? And the propper music?

Always attracted by the Avalanch music it was essential to contact them for the musical part (the collaboration with Avalanch was established time ago), but it was Antonio Sedliles who made them join the project. They went all in into it and brought their darkest and strongest point of view, making the music Malefic needed for it first part in this apocalyptic New York. Each theme by Avalanch has recreated every moment and character of Apocalypse so that now you can not recall that story and images without their music.

 

Are you taking part, or you supervise somehow the creative process of each new proposal? The manga, novels, video …

The idea is to be part of the project as everyone involved in it does, and not letting each individual and creative plot to get stuck as a sketch and contribute to make a stronger whole.

 

Tell us about the contribution of Kenny Ruiz and Jesus B. Vilches to Malefic Time and give us your personal opinion of their work, as well as other important names related including Alberto Rionda.

Keny in the manga, gave his street, pimp and fresh contribution. Vilches lived the world of Malefic almost form its beginning and all these facets and experiencies that were outside the picture book are embodied in the novel reinforcing Malefic Time. Alberto Rionda was the creative soul behind the music for Apocalypse. All of them have been indispensable in the project.

 

After watching the video and thinking about the word multidisciplinary that accompanies the project, would you see feasible making a film of Malefic Time?

The story, aesthetics and characters are designed with that in mind. But the film industry is complicated due to its dependence on hight budgets, and more in a work like Malefic that requires large scenarios, many characters, 3D effects, etc. We will have to wait for the three parts to be finished in order to talk about this, although that is the true purpose we seek for Malefic.

 

I have understood that Malefic Time will have the life of five years, are you open to more suggestions or everything is sheduled?

The principal axis of the books with images made by Romulo are sheduled. But the contributions of other arts that we add to the project is conditioned by the time and the adaptation of other creatives and even the time that we have while executing the second and third parts.

 

I think that New York, Tokyo and Paris are the scenarios that are chosen to represent this world. What do these cities have or can offer to you? Would a Apocalipse in Spain be too … possible?

New York is the city par excellence, Tokyo represents the city of new aesthetic and flavour of the new millennium, and Paris is the figure of a city with history. We chose this three because they give us the oportunity to walk throught the symbols of decadence of this society.

Luz on the other hand was born in Spain and the Caves of Zugarramurdi appear in Malefic story.

 

Viewing the situation that crosses the society, do you think the Apocalypse will wait until the countdown on your website runn out in 2038?

Since the project began, it seems that the events of this model of worn society go in the same direction and measured with the paec of our story. In the story this brings us to the trigger for the change in the destiny of Luz. It is a matter of following the countdown.

Interview by Paulino Cuevas (Part One)

110 KATANAS, the second part of Malefic Time is heading its way to print. At the same time, the first images of AKELARRE, its third part, already begin to be made in the studio.

An interview with Paulino Cuevas can give an idea of the path Malefic in these monthsof its start and what lies ahead:

How did that Malefic again so long after awakening?

We decided while we were painting a dome in Moscow. It was a few months we worked 0:14 hour hand to hand isolated on scaffolding and retake one character who is an illustration of the early nineties. At that time the board had face to face and create a world we play around Malefic. Was just something for us, not fully developed and then remained stored in drawers. But in those months in Moscow, the two isolated again after so long, went back to get into the world Malefic, extended it and decided to return to what would become a project to be undertaken.

Why is Malefic awaken once more after so long?

We decided it while we were painting a dome in Moscow. It happened during the months we worked from 12 to 14 hours a day hand to hand isolated on the scaffolds and we returned to that character who was born from an illustration of the early nineties. At that time we had the dash board face to face what helped us to play around and create the world around Malefic. At that moment it wasnt something meaningfull for us, barely developed it remained stored in drawers. But in those months in Moscow, the two idolated again after so long, returned to the world of Malefic, we extended it and decided that when we return we would undertake the project.

I have understood that this is a trilogy. Can we get something ahead from upcoming releases?

Yes, it’s a trilogy. Each part take place in a particular location. But this is not the thing that defines the trilogy, this is just what frames the three parts. We split Malefic into three, thinking of it as a piece of music (some say it is the most spiritual art) and relying on that, we think Malefic has a first portion with a clatter of instruments presenting herself, her world and her characters. A second part, as the deaf fall and depth of instruments, carrying the story and herself to despair. And third, the height of the instruments, the senses, the story and character.

Soum will now have a manga and Luz is the main face, tell us about them and why they are as they are, or how they evolved until they are now.

Soum is the counterpoint of Luz, Luz, carries her destiny that is marked on her, Soum builds her own destiny step by step. The charater of Soum and her roots beeing in the streets is well adapted by the manga and we decided that it would be a great extension to the story to have a manga about her that would add to the project. Luz may have a new perspective to know even more about her outside of the graphic novels or the novel in the comic book. And we are working precisely on this enlargement although at the moment we can not tell in advance anything about this.

Precisely a distinctive characteristic of the work of Luis Royo is the use of “light” it will be a silly question but, is it casual this same name for the main character?

It is true, its is no coincidence. We join Luz to the female descendant of Lucifer (the search of light, knowledge). Also the lights and shadows define the images, and the main character mentions it. And the light as the search after the decadence of this type of society.

The clock keeps counting

They said that the angels now walked in this land of mortal unbelievers. They said they had come down from heaven. Those winged covering the leaden metal sunsets.

The winged beings. Calling them angels was just another option. The first sightings could be traced for a couple of decades. They were not much more than headlines without credit programs and sensationalist press of pseudoscientific court. Little more than statements by four drunks or rednecks and – sometimes drunken rednecks – who only gave that talk in marginal forums. Gradually those holders left the uncertain terrain of scientific sensationalism to sneak into other contexts more significant as news, quality press … Those “chance encounters” ranged in shape and number. Individuals from all over the world, of different faiths, culture, social position and intellectual level, corroborated them. It was told they had seen men jump from the ledges and take flight with wings made almost of light In every capital of the world there were cases of ‘sightings’, even under full daylight. The sections of events began to fill up about them and strange phenomenon while not directly related, yes pretty easy to connect with more or less effort. The “conspiranoid” theories begun to spread. They were described as men of very blonde hair, usually long and great beauty. Some descriptions told that they had been among us, in lines of bus, in a restaurant or walking down the street until at a certain point its real nature showed. It seemed as if those beings, first much more reserved when it comes to their appearances became less careful, less discreet as time passed. Angels. People seemed to have no doubts. What else could it be?

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