Three Interviews with SALVADOR writers SEBASTIAN JONES and the POLISH BROTHERS

Salvador writer Sebastian Jones interviewed by Pop Thought:

What world events inspired the writing of Salvador?

Well I think it was Serena William’s catsuit when she won the US Open. She saved a few lives that year.

I am really into old warrior ideals against the brave new world of technology, cloning, and whether or not you can spank your kid without a Nile sized smiling moron giving you a call about some nonsense. Digressing a little, but Salvador deals with the world of DNA engineering that is knocking on our doorstep. Barcodes for dogs, what’s the intention here? Are scientists trying to help humanity, and what happens to the guinea pigs. Our hero, an Aztec savior for DNA rejects, is born as a failed genetic experiment leaving him with hollow bones. He is light as a feather. He cannot win in love or lose in war… Don’t want to give too much juiciness away, as I think there is something magical to discover here, as our own hero learns his true destiny has been predetermined (like one’s DNA).

And here’s an interview Jones did with Diamond Comics:

How did Salvador develop?

The Polishes had been tinkering with an idea for a superhero and asked if I wanted to help. Being a geek of the highest degree I saw this as a chance for writing salvation. We stripped Salvador down, both the man and the story, and proceeded to sculpt. Before we were ready to unleash the superhero we had built an epic past complete with cryptic Aztec ancestry and an even more mysterious birthing, childhood, and destiny.

…aaaaand here’s a followup discussion with the Polish Brothers, where you get their perspective on the project:

How did Salvador develop?

Mike Polish: We were in Spain working on a movie and during a scene we have to scribe a letter using a quill. We became fascinated with the engineering of a single feather. Based on that we starting to think of Salvador.
Mark Polish: We were simultaneously doing research on genetic engineering and the effects it will have on future generations. So with that he gave us some insight to how to construct a humans ability to take flight.

May 21, 2007

COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD thinks HERO SQUARED is good

COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD gets some of the texture and nuance that Giffen and DeMatteis are putting into HERO SQUARED right now, with the latest issue, #6:

“…this book is actually trying to accomplish something and look at the both the nature of heroism and the nature of villainy.

“…we’re set up for a very interesting finale, with lots of soap opera drama done right. Good to see.”

May 20, 2007

JENNY FINN artist TROY NIXEY makes a short film!

If you liked Troy Nixey’s moody visuals in Jenny Finn, you’ll want to check out his short film Latchkey. Here’s the official website. His designs look even more haunting on film and the story sounds like it’s something that horror and fantasy fans are going to want to check out:

LATCHKEY’S LAMENT employs a blend of CGI animation and live action to tell a tale of love and heroism. Mr. And Mrs. Key are snatched from their home late one evening by the insidious Keyfiend and taken back to his monolithic factory. There Mr. Key witnesses the demise of his wife at the hands of the Keyfiend. Mister Key must then escape the Keyfiend’s clutches if he is to survive and avenge the spirit of his beloved .

There’s a trailer and everything, so make sure to give it a gander.

May 17, 2007

THE BUY PILE digs on HERO SQUARED

Hannibal Tabu reviews stacks of comics every week, and it’s always nice to get noticed.  Here’s what he said about Hero Squared‘s latest issue:

Have you ever seen the sitcom “Scrubs?” With the exception of some episodes this season (it’s hard when your lead just plain does not care), the show has an amazing gift for balancing bowling you over with laughter alongside poignant character moments. This issue of “Hero Squared” is a lot like that, showing both sides of the Caliginous/Captain Valor conflict while making their parallel Milo and Stephie really examine what they’re doing in their own lives, seeing their personas played out to extremes. Sex, betrayal, super powers, more sex, naked ancient ATlantean wizard kings, and shouting, oh all the wonderful shouting. This is another excellent example of skilled craftsmen enjoying what they do and making the audience enjoy it too. Plus, how much good can you say about Joe Abraham’s artwork, handling grand tableaus and intimate scenes with the same degree of deftness.

May 17, 2007

SILVER BULLET COMIC BOOKS on HERO SQUARED

Matthew McLean seems to have really enjoyed the latest issue of Hero Squared:

[...]this issue has more depth and development in it than most serious super-hero books.

[...] the great fun, though, is that they squeeze the material for every laugh that it’s worth.

Read his full review here. 

May 17, 2007

LEFT ON MISSION writer CHIP MOSHER interviewed

The Outhouse decided to let Left on Mission scribe Chip Mosher answer some questions and the results are illuminating:

Outhouse: On account of Left On Mission being a spy thriller, was there ever any desire to be a spy or are you one now reporting on me for the government?

Chip: I went to Cuba on a humanitarian mission in 1997 with a bunch of old SDS types, people involved in a very high level with the student movement of the late sixties. We took a bus around Cuba during the trip and there was this one guy that was a “photographer� that had all this equipment and was always showing off his photos to everyone. Of course the photos were some of the worst composed shots we had ever seen. So all the old-timers on the trip thought he was C.I.A. spying on us. That’s about as close to being next to a real spy I ever got…maybe.

May 17, 2007

NITROGLYCERIN on LEFT ON MISSION writer CHIP MOSHER.

As usual, there’s a new Nitroglycerin strip up this week, this time featuring Left On Mission scribe Chip Mosher and his fez.
(We think it’s a fez, anyway.
A writing fez that makes great spy comics!)
You can check it out on the main BOOM! Studios home page as well as in a larger format over at Benjamin Birdie’s WebComicsNation page.
May 16, 2007

Time to announce the winner of BOOM STUDIOS’ & ISOTOPE’S Trailer Contest for LEFT ON MISSION

Craig Kennedy of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom has been declared the grand prize winner in the Left On Mission trailer contest! Congrats, Craig!

You can take a look at the winning entry here.

While people from all over the globe participated, Craig’s entry won by an unanimous decision. Because he did such a bang-up job, we decided that a little Q+A was in order…

Why did you decide to participate in the contest?
I love watching trailers and I love reading comics! So this was the ultimate combination for me!

What hardware/software did you use?
Final Cut Pro on my G4 mac at home.

What is your background? (In relation to doing this type of work.)
I’m currently a promo producer for the Sci Fi channel in the UK, I love being creative and yes…I’m a geek.

What is your favorite moment from the trailer you did?
The fight sequence, found some great meaty punch soundfx and I’m really happy with the dynamic feel of the cut.

How does it feel to win?
Unexpected and fantastic!

If you dug what Craig did, he is available for freelance work. Contact him at craig_sk@hotmail.com

Again, we want to offer up a Very Special Thanks to Isotope – The Comic Lounge for sponsoring this contest. Make sure you pick up your copy of Left On Mission this week at a comic shop!

May 16, 2007

LEFT ON MISSION Trailer Contest Winner

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE BOOM STUDIOS’ & ISOTOPE’S TRAILER CONTEST FOR LEFT ON MISSION

Craig Kennedy of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom has been declared the grand prize winner! Congrats Craig.

And here is his entry…

While people from all over the globe participated, Craig’s entry won by an unanimous decision.

Here’s a little Q&A with Craig:

Why did you decide to participate in the contest?

I love watching trailers and I love reading comics! So this was the ultimate combination for me!

What hardware/software did you use?

Final Cut Pro on my G4 mac at home.

What is your background? (In relation to doing this type of work.)

I’m currently a promo producer for the Sci Fi channel in the UK, I love being creative and yes…I’m a geek.

What is your favorite moment from the trailer you did?

The fight sequence, found some great meaty punch soundfx and I’m really happy with the dynamic feel of the cut.

How does it feel to win?

Unexpected and fantastic!

BTW: if you dug what Craig did, he is available for freelance work. Contact him here.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Thanks to Keefe and Brad for judging the contest and Mike for the great track.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Isotope – the comic lounge for sponsoring the contest. Thanks James!

Chip

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May 16, 2007

RACK RAIDS digs on 2 GUNS

Here’s three choice quotes from the 4/5 Vikings review that Rack Raids offered up for 2 Guns, Steven Grant’s crime-tastic thriller:

2 Guns twists and turns like a mountainside highway, and it’s delightful for it.

2 Guns is cinematic popcorn fun…

Grant’s punchy dialogue surrounds a story filled with likable characters, explosions, sex and way more than just two guns, and without a doubt the last two pages will leave you needing more.

May 15, 2007

BOOM! RELEASES for the week of MAY 16, 2007

Along with the second issue of the rightly-praised Fall of Cthulhu, BOOM! is also putting out the sixth (and next-to-next-to-next-to last issue) of Hero Squared.

There’s also a little book called Left On Mission that’s debuting and you’re really going to want to check it out. Feeling like you may need a little more than our (admittedly biased) word before you buy it? Take some time to check out the previews that have been placed strategically on the internet.

(Remember – if you’re in Los Angeles, there’s a release-day party that will be both “boss” and “awesome” (bossome?) happening down at the rightly-popular Meltdown Comics. Scroll down a tiny bit to find out about that.)

May 14, 2007