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“A creative director at a busy digital agency in Brazil by day, Butcher Billy was just a kid when he first realized he was no ordinary sack of flesh. Back then, he was already unstoppable with just a pack of crayons in his tiny hands – no walls were safe.

It’s that sort of rule-breaking, devil may care, chaotic attitude that inspires Billy’s art.

He takes what is considered pop culture from a variety of sources – music, comic books, movies, games, etcetera – and mashes them all together to come up with something that draws on nostalgia while, at the same time, provides the audience with a fresh take on a familiar scene. He’s not even going to apologize. He has nothing to apologize for.

In this side of the world, making a pop culture reference can be tedious and common place. Everyone does it these days, but somehow a few people, the Butcher in particular, gets away with it. In the Butcher’s case, it could be because of his use of dynamic colors: bright, bold, hard to miss. It could be because of his unique take on childhood favorites. It could be because of his frightening name. Whatever it is, it’s working for him. Superman never looked as good as The Charming Man of Steel.

Remember when Batman was all gruff and secretive and ninja-like? How about when Super Mario (no relation to Superman) was half the size of anyone you’ve ever known? Reimagined by Billy the Butcher, our favorite childhood heroes are no longer who we remember them to be. Some of them have revealed a (sort of) gentle appreciation for good music. Others have stolen the identities of characters they would never, not in a million years, ever meet. This is your crossover wet dream, if you’ve ever thought far beyond the norm. Oh, by the way, Joker is now a woman.

Billy seems to be a one-man assembly line when it comes to his pieces. In the time it took for this feature to be written, he has already churned out ten new creations. We at Parallel Planets were pretty surprised at how quick this guy can draw stuff, and without sacrificing quality, too. It’s that passion for his craft that makes him virtually unstoppable. That or this writer was just too slow. In this writer’s defense, maybe Billy has illegal Christmas elves or Oompa-Loompas working for him. This writer is not going down Billy’s workshop to find that out (would you?).

Fueled by bacon and Murphy’s Irish Stout, this Butcher only has one thing in mind: becoming famous enough to get the attention of California Girl Katy Perry. Yep. You read that right. After all, Billy is the love of Katy Perry’s life. She just doesn’t know it yet. But she will. Oh, she very much will.

Read on to my interview with Billy the Butcher and learn more about the rise of the Butcher, his fascination with cult icons, and what power animal the Internet forced on him. Watch that cleaver, love."

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