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  • Erica Schultz Talks Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special

    Today we have an interview with Erica Schultz, one of the talent writers working on Dynamite’s all-female written and lead summer event Swords of Sorrow. Byron Brewer talked to Schultz about tackling the one-shot special focusing on Lady Zorro and Black Sparrow.


    SoSSparrowZorro-Cov-NOTFINALBYRON BREWER: Erica, how does it feel to be a part of this salute to the female heroes under the Dynamite umbrella? Are you a proponent of more female protagonists in comics?


    ERICA SCHULTZ: Itís difficult to put into words how excited I am to be part of this crossover series. Iím a big fan of many of the other writers involved, so to be working with them is truly amazing. Gail put together such a fantastic group of talented ladies that itís really tough to beat this lineup.


    Iíd love to see more female protagonists in comics. Weíre starting to see more in film with the Divergent and Hunger Games series, as well as movies like Lucy, and a few years ago, Salt. For many years, I think there was this fallacy that a female lead story (be it in film or comics) wouldnít be marketable, but weíre (happily) finding thatís completely untrue.


    BB: Tell us how this assignment came about for you.


    ES: Iíve been a fan of Gail Simoneís since her run on Birds of Prey for DC Comics. What I hadnít known was that Gail knew I existed. We were both exhibiting at Boston Comic Con last year (2014), but I wasnít able to get to her table to introduce myself. Then Gail tagged me in a tweet, saying she was a fan of my work. I was flabbergasted. A few weeks later we were both at Baltimore Comic Con, and she was signing at the Dynamite Comics booth. I went up and introduced myself. She was very kind (as always), and I thought that was that. Then a few weeks after that, she contacted me and asked if I would be interested in working with her on a project. I thought I was in an alternate universe or something. We went back and forth on email, and I was brought on board with these other amazing ladies. When I saw the list of other women involved, I KNEW I was in an alternate universe.


    BB: Tell us about your perceptions of Black Sparrow and Lady Zorro?


    ES: I was familiar with Lady Zorro, as I had reviewed Alex DeCampiís miniseries for the podcast, Comic News Insider, that I frequently co-host with my friend Jimmy Aquino. I thought Esperanza was sassy, vulnerable, strong, passionate Ö I really liked her moxie.


    Black Sparrow was a character I had to research, as I hadnít read any of Victor Gischlerís run on The Shadow. She held many of the same qualities I loved in Lady Zorro, so they make a great team together.


    BB: So, it IS true that these two warrior women from different times actually team up! Can you tell us (non-spoilery) about how they get together?


    ES: I havenít read all the other scripts for the other tie-ins for this series, but I can say that the Sparrow/Zorro book is more Sparrow AND Zorro, rather than Sparrow VS Zorro. I think this is mostly due to Lady Zorroís compassion.


    As we see throughout the series, there are these dimensional rifts opening up all over the world, pulling different characters (both good and bad) into other universes. Sparrow and Zorro are brought together by one of these rifts, and the ladies just click. But donít be fooled, thereís plenty of otherworldly action throughout.


    BB: Have you enjoyed working with artist Cristhian Crizam Zamora?


    ES: I wasnít familiar with Cristhianís artwork before I learned he was going to be on this book. I immediately looked up whatever he had online, and I was thrilled to have someone so talented working with me on this book. Despite not having direct contact with him (editorial is pretty much the go-between), Iím so impressed with the work. Itís a beautiful book and (I hope) a fun read.


    For more on Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow / Lady Zorro Special, click here.

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