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  • Tim Seeley And Jim Terry Talk Alice Cooper Vs Chaos!

    As Dynamite’s latest iconic crossover comes to its penultimate issue, Byron Brewer sat down with Tim Seeley and Jim Terry to talk about Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! #4. Cover by Joyce Chin.


    AliceChaos04CovAChinBYRON BREWER: Tim, you spearheaded the relaunch of Chaos! for Dynamite. But where in the world did the concept of putting such wild franchises as Alice Cooper and Chaos! in the same book come from? Wild!


    TIM SEELEY: Must have been from Nick [Barrucci, Dynamite publisher], as he loves him some crossovers. It’s one of the coolest parts about Dynamite … the willingness to stick characters together and have a good time.


    BB: Jim, the art on these books has been very, very imaginative. Tell us about this inventive palette and did you do any character designs for this series?


    JIM TERRY: Most of the designs were pretty well established when I got on board, so much of it was adapting them to my particular style. I tend to veer toward a more old school approach, and that bled into my visual interpretation of the characters. I pretty much tried to pick the coolest look out of the existing ones and build from there. As for the visual palette, we pretty much tried to stretch the medium in ways that only comics can get away with. It helps that the universe is so fantastic and the only limits are the ones you bring to the table.


    BB: You are both credited as writers for the series, and yet Jim is also the artist. Tell us about this collaboration and how it works.


    JT: It’s been a little different for each issue, but throughout a very collaborative process. Tim is the idea man, and I’ll try to build on those while telling the story. Tim also has a deep understanding of these characters and their motivations, so I work to bring believable emotions into it. If they mesh, the wildest story can be rooted in relatability. Otherwise it was us meeting for tacos and saying, “Wouldn’t this be cool? …” and going from there.


    TS: Yeah, it’s mostly about the tacos, and bullsh*tting each issue out. It’s my preferred method of making comics really.


    BB: You both have been doing this series long enough to have a favorite character. Who is your favorite in Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!?


    JT: The entire book has been a blast to draw, but I’ve grown fond of Chastity. She’s a damaged bad-ass who I believe can be a truly great character.


    TS: Probably Alice himself … and EVIL ALICE.


    BB: Were you a fan of Alice Cooper as a musician, Jim, and is it harder to team him with these wild Chaos! creations since he is a “real” person?


    JT: I love Alice! I have a number of his albums and listened to them while I worked and he is instantly recognizable. As for teaming him up with the Chaos! universe, he fit in like family. I only hope we did him justice!


    BB: Tim, do you think Alice may find himself in one of the Chaos! books at some point, and is he a “character” you enjoy writing?


    TS: I’m not sure the deal allows for that, but if this does well enough, I’m sure there’ll be a sequel!


  • #2
    "if this does well enough, I’m sure there’ll be a sequel!"

    "287 4.78 ALICE COOPER VS CHAOS #1 $3.99 DE 5,471" chortle. let's hope dynamite begin to get the point.

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    • #3
      good to see #2 didn't even chart.

      i looked through #3 and the art is just 7 kinds of horrible - to the point that i didn't even recognise some of the characters as i flicked through. ended up having to read a few panels and it was like "THAT'S Sakkara?!"
      absolutely atrocious on every level. dynamite are consistently setting the bar so low on this stable i'm beginning to think they're recruiting limbo dancers rather than artists/writers.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Scarlette View Post
        good to see #2 didn't even chart.
        Why is that good?

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        • #5
          for all the reasons in all my other posts.

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          • #6
            I still don't understand--why is it good for it to do badly?

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            • #7
              if that's true after all the other posts i've refrred to either you're genuinely dumb or you're a lame troll; either way further discussion is pointless. just accept that's the way i feel. if you disagree, that's cool too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChastMastr View Post
                I still don't understand--why is it good for it to do badly?
                At the risk of pointing out the obvious... Because if something you don't like does poorly, then the likelihood of them doing more of the same is reduced to nil. While that doesn't necessarily mean that what was bad will be replaced by a different, but better approach to the same property, it does leave the possibility open, while "bad, but successful" would tend to close off that possibility.

                It's not much different than the idea of "voting against" a candidate that you particularly dislike, even if you have no real preference among his opponents, sort of the "anything's better than this" approach.

                All of that assumes you have some vested interest in the property in the first place and want to see it done right or not at all. If you're personally invested in a property, you'd rather see it done right and fail, than to see it done badly and succeed. Otherwise, if all you care about is whether the execution is good or bad and bring no preconceptions about the property to the table, you'll either like it, or ignore it, and not care much more about it either way.
                Last edited by pulphero; 11-20-2015, 04:46 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scarlette View Post
                  if that's true after all the other posts i've refrred to either you're genuinely dumb or you're a lame troll; either way further discussion is pointless. just accept that's the way i feel. if you disagree, that's cool too.
                  Or maybe I'm trying to open up dialogue about questioning the whole idea of wishing ill on something just because it isn't one's personal taste.

                  Originally posted by pulphero View Post
                  All of that assumes you have some vested interest in the property in the first place and want to see it done right or not at all. If you're personally invested in a property, you'd rather see it done right and fail, than to see it done badly and succeed. Otherwise, if all you care about is whether the execution is good or bad and bring no preconceptions about the property to the table, you'll either like it, or ignore it, and not care much more about it either way.
                  Ah, now that makes sense. I can see that.

                  Don't get me wrong, I can relate to schadenfreude, though I try to reserve letting myself enjoy it for people in the real world who have actually done harm to others, and only if it isn't unjust in some way.

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