VFX Artist Alp Altiner Returns to Comics with “Team 14″
Spider-Man 3″ and “Superman Returns” VFX artist Alp Altiner talks to CBR about his new creator-owned book, “Team 14,” and what it’s like to work on some of the biggest comics films of all time, with rarely seen production artwork.
In preparation for the release this week of BloodRayne: Automaton, my debut on the title, regular series writer Troy Wall lobbed some questions in my direction.
Kevin: Fame and fortune?
Troy: I heard that. I can barely keep the paparazzi at bay, and my bank account runneth other with BloodRayne bucks. I even hang out with Uwe Boll on Tuesdays. We play golf.
Kevin: Golf with Uwe? I figured it would be boxing.
Troy: I’m afraid he’d bite my ear off like Tyson.
Kevin: Nah, it was a chance to write a straight-up action story, which isn’t something I typically do. Most of the stories I write are supernatural-horror tales, or crime pieces, or some other combination. So, Automaton gave me a chance to stretch my muscles a little, while tossing in some of those supernatural/folklore elements that I love.
There’s a new series sci-fi/horror fans need to check out. Recently awarded a Spotlight On from Diamond Distributors, Steven O’Connell’s DARK 48 is a can’t miss series which debuts this January from Digital Webbing Press.
Sword Of Dracula Creator Jason Henderson continues his publicity tour with another great interview at NEWSARAMA.
NRAMA: Just to clarify, Sword of Dracula/Vampirella: Extended and Dangerous is actually an extension of the short story that appeared in two issues of Vampirella Magazine, correct?
JH: Right, hence the name. It’s actually more new than old, though. Greg and I did a short story for Vampirella Magazine where Ronnie teamed up with Vampirella. When Greg expressed that he wanted to come back to Sword of Dracula and do one-shots, we realized we should probably start with Vampi, since there was so much more we could do there. For instance we could make it more about Dracula.
What happens in SOD/Vampi: Extended and Dangerous is that Ronnie raids a train that Dracula is traveling on with his court; her intention is to steal one witness, one vampire who can give her information about a secret new operator in the SOD world. Getting the witness off the train is like Mission: Impossible, fighting with vampires on the top of trains with choppers swooping in. Remember that Drac’s powers as manifested here are that he controls blood, he can sense the slightest cut, and he can throw chains of blood from his own body at you. There are pages of the whole that appeared before, but overall it is a new story. After that, it’s straight on to more Greg & Jason done-in-ones.
To read the full interview head on over to HERE.
Comicon’s: The Pulse has a great interview with Jason Henderson. In the interview Jason talks about his upcoming Sword of Dracula/Vampirella: Extended and Dangerous edition, set to hit the spinner racks this Fall, plus a Lost Boys retrospective and how important it is to give blood!
HENDERSON: In this story, Ronnie Van Helsing is as usual the one who has most of the dealings with Dracula—Ronnie and Vampirella are competing for the same bounty, a vampire witness that Dracula has under protection. In this world, Dracula and the other Princes operate like Al Capone, occasionally having to move vampires under cover, fighting to steal them from one another if they possess valuable information.
You can check out the whole interview here.
Comics fans and professionals alike have been clamoring for “Punks” ever since the original pitch was posted online, and creators Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain have finally found a home for the iconoclastic project Warren Ellis has heralded as “one of the best singles of the year.”
Read the rest over at Comic Book Resources.
With the first Abigail & Rox in the Land of Enchantment one-shot, having landed in stores on August 1st and a second one announced series creator Joshua Gamon answers a few questions.
DIGITAL WEBBING: Why don’t you tell us about Abigail & Rox?
Joshua Gamon: Abigail & Rox is a raunchy comedy about two brothers from India who travel to New York to study the American girl, but complications arise when their pretentious grandmother comes along to chaperon. OK, not really. That’s actually my upcoming Bollywood pitch.
Abigail & Rox is about a little girl and her teddy bear that are sucked into a fantasy world inhabited by the world’s most endearing fairy tales at war with each other. Imagine if Calvin & Hobbes got busy with the Neverending Story, and had a child out of wedlock. In one aspect, the premise allows the reader to explore a world through the eyes of a child, the proverbial stranger in a strange land, but the world is still very rooted in the darker aspects of human nature—even when most of the characters are far from human. Even departed from the real world, those very real human emotions and self-destructive behaviors are still evident in the characters Abigail encounters. The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz fell victim to hisown intellect, and the loneliness of having no one to talk to drove him mad. Ichabod Crane, from Sleepy Hollow, is as cowardly as they come. Yet he becomes mayor of the book’s largest city, and he’s reluctantly thrown into the role of hero when his city becomes the center of the war. However, even when Abigail gets caught up in the madness, Rox is the one thing that grounds in reality. He’s her best friend, and the one link connecting her back to the real world.
So Abigail & Rox has a wide spectrum of concepts woven together by a single premise: the power of friendship empowers them with the courage to never give up hope even when trapped within the heart of darkness. And I do put these characters through hell.