Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá on adapting Neil Gaiman, more Casanova and Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion

Brazilian twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabiel Bá are a storytelling dynamic duo who have blessed the comics scene for the last 15 years with their beautiful composition, expressive lines and versatility across many genres. They've worked their magic on dreamy projects like Daytripper and B.P.R.D. Vampire and recently spent the most time working together on adapting fellow Brazilian countryman Milton Hatoum's novel The Brothers in a graphic novel adaptation, Two Brothers, for Dark Horse, for which they brought home their latest Eisner Awards, this time for Best Adaptation from Another Medium. Separately, each work has been showcased in Casanova with Matt Fraction, Moon in Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64 with Joss Whedon and Bá with Umbrella Academy with Gerard Way. Their latest collaboration was bringing Neil Gaiman's short story "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" to the graphic novel form. 

"How to Talk to Girls at Parties" is a fun coming-of-age tale about two teenagers who crash a party. Vic is a social bird, and Enn is a wallflower. We watch Vic master the room with his suave skills and the contrasting experience of Enn, who has a handful of encounters that progressively get stranger as the night continues. Is it the clash of personalities? Enn's lack of experience? Perhaps it is the beverages altering the moment? Or in this case, maybe the men truly are from Mars and the women are from Venus. The graphic novel has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for seven weeks in a row. 

Moon and Bá came by the Blastr studio to talk to me about visually enhancing Gaiman's work and being able to explore other things in the story through just art, experimenting with watercolors and their effects, the awkward dance between boys and girls, and what each is working on now, including Casanova: Acedia and the third volume Umbrella Academy, titled Hotel Oblivion.

Check out the interview below, and if you haven't checked out How to Talk to Girls at Parties, please do and let us know what you think.

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