Next up on our Artist Interview series is the talented Eva Cabrera! She has re-imagined Betty and Veronica for the VIXENS series, portraying the gals in a modern-yet-retro biker chick vibe! Eva is also the creator of the comic KIM&KIM, for which she has been nominated for an Eisner award.
Eva was born in Xalapa, Veracruz - but currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She loves Coffee, video games and animals!
Read about the inspiration behind her artwork for Betty and Veronica VIXENS below!
BV: When did you first start drawing comic art?
Eva Cabrera: Ever since I was a child I made up stories with my favorite characters from the comics, cartoons, or video games I loved. It was really fun because I liked to star my best friends from school. I spent HOURS drawing and making up fun stories.
BV: Did you read Betty and Veronica/Archie comics growing up? Were you excited to reimagine the girls as such bad-ass versions of themselves?
EC: I've been reading Archie comics since I was 9 years old. I still have comics from that time; they are my treasure and I used to dream of being a witch and doing magic like Sabrina, or having really cool clothes and being a style icon like Betty and Veronica. I dreamed of going on adventures with my friends and touring the world like Josie and the Pussycats, having a sweet boyfriend like Archie, or being Jughead's bestie. This comic was my main inspiration to become a comic book artist, and being a part of Archie history is a dream come true.
BV: Where do you get the fashion inspiration for Betty and Veronica's outfits in VIXENS?
EC: I love the biker community; they're definitely my inspiration for many of my fashion choices. I've met a few dear friends through the community and love the lifestyle. Many people believe they're rude and intimidating, and they might be on the outside, but they have a big heart and are very kind and family-oriented, which I tried to convey on VIXENS, particularly with the back patch that characterizes them as a group.
I gave the girls a rockabilly/punk rock vibe inspired by bands like The Hillbilly Moon Explosion, Tom Stormy Trio, and Kitty in a Casket. Music is a huge inspiration and motivating force for me, and when I listen to these bands I can make up really elaborate scenarios where they interact and this helps me work with them! Jamie [Rotante, VIXENS writer], has been a source of great recommendations, like Crybaby and Grease, and I love all the visual references in these movies.
BV: Do you have a favorite cover or issue of VIXENS that you have created, and why?
EC: Hmm . . . it's hard to decide. I love all the covers but I believe issue #1 has a very special place in my heart because of the reference I made to the "Sailor Jerry Flash" tattoos. I loved putting Betty and Veronica in a different context: bolder, with flowers and classic tattoos, and strong in a new, braver way. I love bringing them to life in this way. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to be an artist on my favorite characters in my own style.
BV: Lastly, do you consider yourself a Betty or a Veronica?
EC: Veronica on the outside, Betty on the inside. :)
Be sure to follow Eva on Instagram @evacabrera to keep up with all of her amazing work!