11/27/13 @ 3:32 pm EST
The television series Grimm
is a hit and has built a loyal fan base. So when Dynamite Entertainment
started putting together the creative team for a comic book series based on the show, they did the smart thing… the got two of the show’s writers to do the scripts. Marc Gaffen
and Kyle McVey
sat down with Jim Zub
to talk about the Grimm Universe, writing Nick Burkhardt’s
adventures and keeping the fans happy. JIM ZUB: What themes or characters draw you to Grimm?
MARC GAFFEN: The biggest draw for us is that Nick’s story is, at its root, a simple fish-out-of-water story. The idea of a hidden world right in front of our faces has always been a fascination. And it leaves us with a lot of room to pull from history and bend it to our will. “Oh you thought Ancient Egypt was weird before, let us tell ya a little something about that.“ It’s fun. From Fraggle Rock to the X-men, the discovery that things aren’t always as they seem and a character trying to make sense of the insanity always resonates with people. JZ: Are there any favorite episodes that spring to mind?
MG: I think we both have a great fondness for an episode from the first season called “Tarantella”. It introduced the the Spinnetod creature. The creature wasn’t just some senseless monster, but someone that has to kill in order to survive. You feel for the Spinnetod because death is a necessary part of their life cycle. That kind of conflict has become the lynchpin for this latest season of the TV show and we hope that we’re bringing that same sense of dimension to the characters in the comic books. Drama resides in shades of grey…and we love that. JZ: I know fans of these properties can be sticklers for detail. How often do you find yourself re-watching episodes as you’re working away on a script?
KYLE MCVEY: Oh boy, you just mentioned one of the biggest fears any writer/genre writer has. People love the material so much that they have far longer memories than us when it comes to the little details. Make no mistake, in that regard the Grimm fan base are no slackers. They know their stuff. So we are always very cognizant of that fact. We want to give them something new but have it be informed by all that has come before us. It can be tough to keep it straight. JZ: Do you worry about making a comic like this appealing to a casual reader, someone who hasn’t watched the series before?
KM: We talk about this all the time. It can be tricky pleasing the hardcore Grimmsters’ thirst for a growing mythology while providing new readers with a welcome entry to the series. At this point in the run, we’re doing a couple really exciting, self-contained issues that play just like an episode of the show. They’re a great entry point for new fans before we go off the rails for Nick’s next globe-trotting arc. But we do try to tow the line and let the reader know what’s going on in each issue. Give them a little taste of what this world is all about before we toss them in the deep end. JZ: This issue seems to be playing with superhero-comic tropes more than the typical fantasy ones of the show. How did this story come about?
KM: We both grew up HUGE DC/Marvel comic book fans and here we’ve been given this world to play in where there are people hiding among us with secret abilities. Sound familiar? So it was nice to ditch the fairy tale set up and tackle the Grimm world from another angle. We live in a society where we’re constantly inundated with super hero’s in the media and in some cases (ie. The Rain City Superhero Movement) people have actually taken it upon themselves to live out their super hero fantasies. Imagine being a young Wesen, inbued with these amazing abilities, how could you resist the urge to suit up? JZ: How tightly do you write your comic stories – Are they full script with panel counts and detailed descriptions or more outline-style for the artist?
MG: We tend to be very detailed when we write a script. We specifically describe the shots we’re looking for. But at the same time we always tell the artist he has free reign if he has a better way to visually get the panel across. Comics are a highly collaborative medium — with the artist, inker, letterer, and our editor — and in the end the best idea, no matter where it comes from, wins. JZ: Do you have any particular writing habits or routine?
MG: Kyle and I are actually complete opposites when it comes to writing habits, but it is also very beneficial. I’m a morning writer, all my creativity runs from 8am to 3pm – but after 3 I usually become brain dead. While Kyle is a night writer. So we break the outline of an issue or an arc together, then I’l work on the script in the morning and send it off to Kyle in the afternoon, where he’ll work at it all night. JZ: What other projects, comic or otherwise, have you got on tap for 2014?
KM: Besides the comics, we have a couple things we’re really excited about next year. We currently have a film called “ReEnactment” that is in preproduction and slated to film next Spring. It’s a horror comedy in the same vein as “Evil Dead” or “Slither” that revolves around a bunch of Confederate Zombies that come back to life seeking REVENGE! Come on. Admit it. You know you’ve always wanted that movie. We’re also in the midst of writing an episode for “Grimm” that should be airing some time in March. And if we’re lucky, we’ll get to keep writing comics. It’s been a hell of a lot of fun so far. www.bleedingcool.com/2013/11/20/pleasing-the-hardcore-grimmsters-gaffen-and-mcvey-on-writing-grimm/
08/13/14 @ 4:10 pm EST
“We Were Part Of An Email Tree, So I Always Knew Who Was Writing What” – Nancy A Collins On Collaborating For Legends Of Red Sonja
Posted on August 13, 2014 by Dan Wickline
With this week’s release of Legends Of Red Sonja trade, we get to see the She-Devil with a Sword written by some of the top talent in the industry. Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella) had a story in the first issue of the series and she talks to Kevin Pearl about her involvement in the project.
KEVIN PEARL: What about the Red Sonja character most appeals to you?
NANCY A COLLINS: That she’s a no-nonsense kind of gal who knows how to get things done, and ...
08/12/14 @ 2:27 pm EST
Huge JENNIFER BLOOD Sale on Comixology
by Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring on August 11, 2014
Catch up on the Dynamite Entertainment series before the sale is over
Currently on Comixology, there's a huge sale running on the Dynamite Entertainment's bookJENNIFER BLOOD. As of right now, volumes 1-3 of this series are on sale for $4.99 and for $5.99, you can get JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD mini-series.
Jennifer Blood is a suburban wife and mom by day - and a ruthless vigilante by night! Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, naps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight. This suburban punisher is ready to be unleashed in a story that can only be told by the legendary Garth Ennis.
If buying the trades is a bit much, then the single issues of every book offered in the collections is also on sale for 99 cents a piece. In addition, the sale extends up to issue #36 of the series and the first annual issue. It's a big discount from the cover price, so this is the time to jump on if you've been interested in the series in the past.
However, the sale on these books comes to an end on 8/11 at 11PM EST, so there isn't much time left to catch up on the series. Head here to check it out for yourself!
08/12/14 @ 2:24 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Legends Of Red Sonja Vol I Part I
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Hitting comic shops this month is the Legends of Red Sonja Volume One trade that collects the five-issue series written by Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook,Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Read More Here
08/12/14 @ 2:18 pm EST
Artist Spotlight – Mirka Andolfo Of Chaos
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Mirka Andolfo has not been in the comic industry long, but she has already done work for Aspen,Dynamite, Top Cow and Zenescope… yes, she’s done the publishing A to Z… her work is opening the eyes of fans and editors across the board. We turn the spotlight on Mirka and find out a little more about her.
BLEEDING COOL: How did you get started drawing?
MIRKA ANDOLFO: As a hobby, I started when I was a child. As a pro, I was born a colorist: during the first two years of my career (in Italy), I illustrated a couple of covers and two issue of a comic book series, but I started drawing “seriously” and with continuity more or less one and an half years ago. “Chaos,” at Dynamite, is one of my first comics as artist, and I think it’s my first comic book drawn in a “realistic” way. Well, not so realistic, but more than usual for me…
Read More Here
08/11/14 @ 4:45 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Jennifer Blood #7 / Last Day For Comixology Sale
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
To go with the release of Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1 by Steven Grant, Dynamite is having a big sale on Comixology and giving us the original first issue by Al Ewing and Marcos Marz.