FAN EXPO Canada Interview: Vector Artist Orlando Arocena [EXCLUSIVE]

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While at FAN EXPO Canada on Friday, Nerds and Beyond had the opportunity to sit down and talk to vector artist Orlando Arocena. He was at FAN EXPO Canada signing a limited amount of exclusive X-Men: Dark Phoenix posters for fans to enjoy.

Orlando Arocena, also known as Mexifunk, is a graphic designer and artist out of the Bronx with a passion for art and designing. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York and has continued his upward climb from there. If his name seems familiar to you, it could be because Orlando was chosen by Adobe to create the splash cover for the 2014 release of Adobe Illustrator CC.

Image courtesy of Adobe

He got involved with X-Men: Dark Phoenix from previous work with FOX doing a series of their horror line. In the interview, Arocena talks about using the nostalgia and being a fan of the comic book series, along with the images provided from the film to finish the piece and what influences him as an artist.

The exclusive poster he designed for the X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie debuted at WonderCon 2019 and was an instant favorite. You can view more of his work here.

Image courtesy of Fox

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the conclusion to the X-Men saga. During a space rescue mission, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) becomes the powerful and threatening Dark Phoenix and begins to spiral when trying to control her new massive powers. The team must now come together and face their most shocking and heartbreaking enemy yet — one of their own.

The film is available for digital download on September 3 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD September 17. The exclusive poster design by Arocena is on the cover of the 4K Ultra HD sold exclusively at Target.

Included in the home entertainment release are hours of in-depth special features and a look at behind-the-scenes from director/writer Simon Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker. There is also a hilarious “How to Fly Your Jet to Space” lesson from Beast. The special features on the 4K Ultra HD exclusive contain deleted scenes, audio commentary, a five-part documentary on the making of Dark Phoenix, scene breakdown of the 5th Avenue sequence, and more.

Watch the interview with Orlando Arocena below.

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