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Posted 26/04/2011 by Malkavian in Comics
 
 

Eerste kijk op Witch Doctor #1 + Interview

Image is terug naar zijn roots aan het gaan, terug naar de start van het bedrijf. Namelijk nieuw talent een kans geven om hun eigen materiaal uit te brengen. Paar weken geleden hadden we al Nonplayer van Nate Simpson dat ons hartje bekoorde. Witch Doctor is één van de vele nieuwe reeksen van Image die onder het nieuwe Skybound label worden gepubliceerd.

Schrijver Brandon Seifert en tekenaar Lukas Ketner maken met Witch Doctor een eerste entrée in de comic wereld. Brandon doolt al jaren rond op Whitechapel het Forum van Warren Ellis en Witch Doctor heeft dan ook wel iets Warren Ellisiaans. Een stevig potje griezelen op een heel uitzonderlijke manier. Om toch wat meer over de reeks te weten te komen heb ik Brandon enkele vragen gesteld over Witch Doctor.

BF: Hi Brandon, We can find Witch Doctor #1 in June at our local comic shop. This is your first Comic book. How did you come up with the idea of the Witch Doctor?

Brandon : The idea of the doctor who fights the supernatural is old; it’s at least 20 years older than Dr. Abraham van Helsing in “Dracula.”  But I’ve never seen the idea done justice — when you have doctors in supernatural horror stories, they usually end up as generic monster hunters, like in “Dracula.”  I wanted to see a doctor fight monsters using his medical training.  I always thought that would be an interesting story, and I liked the idea of the Dr. House-type jerk doctor; it made sense to combine the two.  I might have never done anything with the idea if Lukas hadn’t liked it and wanted to hear more.

BF: Which writers do you love and how much were they an inspiration for the story?

Brandon : In comics I love Warren Ellis and Mike Mignola.  In literature I love H.P. Lovecraft and Larry Niven.  (Neil Gaiman falls in both categories.)  In television I love Joss Whedon and Steven Moffat.  Little bits of all of them ended up in WITCH DOCTOR, but Lovecraft, Whedon, Mignola and Ellis all were big inspirations.

BF: Lukas Ketner does the artwork, how did you two meet? Did you know Lukas his style or did Image came up with him?

Brandon : Lukas and I have been working together on WITCH DOCTOR for a couple of years now.  We both live in Portland, Oregon, but we’re both from Alaska — so it was inevitable we’d meet, as we knew the same people.  I admired his art and met him at a couple of local concerts, and a newspaper ended up pairing his art with an article I’d written.  After that, I asked him if he wanted to do a comic together. He said no.  Eventually he changed his mind.

BF: The comic is being published by Skybount Entertainment a subprint of Image Comics. What does it stands for and how hard was it to sell the story to them?

Brandon : It wasn’t hard to sell Skybound on WITCH DOCTOR; they came to us.  Skybound is Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics.  Robert’s had a lot of success in comics and in television, and he’s trying to use that to help launch new comics series by new creators.  Lots of new comic series get ignored; Robert’s trying to make sure people notice the books he launches.

BF: What can we expect in the future issues of Witch Doctor? (How many issues, sequels ? )

Brandon : The first WITCH DOCTOR miniseries is four issues.  Our hope is that it’ll sell well enough that we can just keep doing more WITCH DOCTOR stories, because we have a lot of material to work with!  In the first miniseries there’s demon possession, faeries, vampires, the Creature From the Black Lagoon and monsters inspired by Lovecraft. There’s lots of other monsters we want to play with!

Ik zou zeggen bekijk de preview en Pre-Order deze onmiddelijk, want net zoals bij Nonplayer zal deze , volgens mij, direct uitverkocht zijn.

Enjoy!

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