Starting out in Argentina
Eduardo Risso came to the attention of the comic book industry when in 2001 he received the Eisner award "best serialized story" for his collaboration with Brian Azzarello on the DC title 100 Bullets. However his career started 20 years earlier in his native Argentina.
Born in 1959, he is originally from Leones, in the Cordova region but moved to Rosary in the province of Santa Fe at a young age . In 1981 he began by illustrating humorous cartoons for the daily newspaper “la Nacion” also providing illustrations for various magazines such as EROTICÓN and SATIRICÓN.
In 1987, he published his first comic book titled “Parque Chas (Park Charles: The Call)” in collaboration with Ricardo Barrieiro and published in the comic anthology magazine Fierro. The story, set in an imaginary town over which hangs mystery and anguish, was inspired by the colorful district of Beunos Aires of that name and is said to be one of the most memorable works in the Argentinean graphical narrative.
He worked with Barrieiro several more times notably to produce two other titles “Cain” and “The mysteries of the Red Moon” both published in 1988. That same year he published “Bordeline” which was to be the first of many collaborations with Carlos Trillo.
The European Years and la Bande Dessinée
The depth of Risso’s outline, the creativity of the point of view shots and his skillful use of black and white, attracted the attention of a French comic book publisher, who offered him the opportunity produce work in France but also in the rest of Europe. This will see him publish the series “Fulu” with Trillo for the French magazine Vécu which is part of the Glénat publishing house. The story tackles the theme of slavery and sees a black nymph tortured by her captors but finding ways in the end to manipulate them.
The pair will subsequently publish with Glénat “Simon an American Adventure” (1994), the story of a young military hero who for love will sacrifice everything even his life and “Chicanos” (1997) the adventures of a young woman who is caught up in a Machiavellian plot. They will also publish four issues of “Je suis un Vampire (Vampire Boy)”, the story of an immortal boy pursued throughout history by a woman who shares the same powers.
The move to American Comics
It is during that period that he caught the eye of someone at Dark Horse comics and was asked to illustrate the comic book adaptation of the film Aliens Resurrection (1997). He will also work on the limited series “Aliens: Ghost” before producing an original Alien story in 1988, scripted by Jay Stephens.
The deciding moment in his carreer was in 1998 when he first collaborates with Brian Azzarello on the DC title Jonny Double which involves a detective being asked by a bunch of teenagers to help them undertake the perfect bank heist. The success of the title was moderate, but the chemistry between both authors was noticed and so they collaborated again on the second issue of the horror anthology “Flinch”.
In 1999 he published the title “Video Noire” with the French publisher Albin Michel which is the story of private detective who’s investigation in the death of his partner will lead him to the heart of Darkness, a path guarded by wicked children and a man dog.
100 Bullets of Fame
It was in 1999 that the title 100 bullets was born the fruit of the creative understanding between Azzarello and Risso. Following the success of the 2001 Eisner Awards the following year he won the awards for "Best penciller / inker" and "Best continuing series". 2002 also saw him win two Harvey Awards for "Best artist" and "Best series” as well as an Italian awards: the Yellow Kid Award for "best artist," again for his work on 100 BULLETS. The success has been enduring as the title again won the Eisner for “Best continuing series” in 2004.
His recognition has enabled him to work on other titles as the Awards lead to the team behind the 100 Bullets success to work on a story arc in Batman’s Gotham Nights entitled Broken City.
But Risso had not forgotten past collaborator and in 2001 he publishes “Lectures macabres” again with Trillo, a fable on power and fear.
Past work back in the light
With the availability of much of Risso’s past work in English his popularity has grown and we can see how he has developed his own personal style and his versatility having surrounded himself with very talented and varied writers. His achievements in the US are even more remarkable as he shares his studio with fellow Argentinian artist Marcelo Frusin (Hellblazer) and because they both don't speak english very well, they have their scripts translated for them into Spanish.
He said to be involved in a “Wolverine” project when he has finished with 100 bullets.
Eduardo Risso’s website where you can find some of his art and put your name down for a commission painting but the list is often full!
Fan site which has a list of all the titles that Eduardo has worked on and all the pushication in each country.