"Graphic Tales from the Road": Interview with Sean Taylor
November 18, 2007 9:45 pm
||After reviewing your website I have to say I am very
impressed with all the different activities you have going
[Sean's current projects include:
|Unless you have mastered cloning, or time bending, how
in the world DO you keep up with all of these different
I try not to sleep more than 16 hours a day for starters... I don't know. I just work on the main gigs for the bulk of my time, and in between scripts, I'll hammer out a few pages for some of the side projects. It's more about keeping busy to avoid vegging in front of countless DVDs than it is about trying to manage my time. I figure I could either waste time in front of the TV or actually get off my butt and attempt to make myself rich and famous. Or at least regularly employed.
What is the one comic that you are most proud of and why?
You know, I'm really proud of all my work, but I think Gene Simmons Dominatrix is the one I'm most proud of right now. It's tough work to take an idea that people enter into with so many assumptions about and leave your mark on it enough to make those same people come out on the other end saying things like it was not what I expected or it surprised me. And let's be honest, the idea of a practicing dominatrix could easily be derailed into either camp or porn. And neither Gene, IDW nor I wanted this book to become Stripperella, back shelf leather porn, masturbatory bondage fiction or worse, the campy scenes from Mel Brooks' Hi Anxiety. To be able to keep the book sexy and cheesecake-esqe but still manage to tell a story about a woman trying to find her life and reclaim it from the forces trying to dismantle it, well, that makes me very, very proud.
Do you have favorite artists and cowriters that you like to work with?
Absolutely. I'm absolutely in love with working with Esteve Polls, the new artist on Gene Simmons Dominatrix. He draws beautifully detailed backgrounds, and I'm swooning for any artist who devotes time to backgrounds and faces. Any lugnut with a set of pencils can draw big muscled people in underwear beating the crap out of each other nowadays it seems, but it's the rare artiste who provides the context of faces that speak volumes and backgrounds the give the illusion of a real place and time in a comic.
And I'm working with an artist named Martheus Wade who is one of the best martials artists I've seen in years. His fight scenes are some of the few in comics that actually make sense. You could just about map them out panel by panel and verify the follow-through on the punches and kicks. If you're not reading his book Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, you really should be.
Are there a set number of issues planned for the Dominatrix series?
The first arc, Daylight's End, will run for six issues. After that, well, just like anything nowadays, that's up to the fans to tell us how badly they yearn for more. That said, I've got Dominique's adventures plotted out well into multiple years of stories, and I hope to stay with her and her friends and enemies for an awfully long time.
I'm a big fan of Heavy Metal and Tales from the Crypt. Do you have any pitches you would like to tease us with?
I'm actually working up stories to pitch to both of those books. Unfortunately I can't tease you too much except to tell you that space cowgirls can be sexy and dangerous and that grandma's house can be much scarier than a cemetary, especially if you have the right grandma.
|Shan: Be My Hero is a romantic high fantasy graphic novel I'm writing for VLE Comics based on a short story by Stephen Antczak. It tells the story of a woman warrior named Shan who has become the local hero and the village that loves her. It simultaneously tells the story of a man no one would have ever expected to do anything heroic. And there are also lots of fantastic creatures and a multi-armed giant. I really like that it'll be released by VLE directly as an original graphic novel since that gives me the freedom to pace it more like a novel and not have to think of it in terms of 22 pages and then a cliffhanger. I can really let the character breathe in the OGN format, and let the story unfold at the best speed for the the book instead of in a format that is dependent on a monthly publishing schedule.|
The Veil is a new series I'm writing
for Rogue Wolf Entertainment, and if you are a fan of supernatural
intrique and secret government agencies, you'll dig this book. At
it's core, it's a lot like Alice in Wonderland, but with the twist
that Wonderland is a sinister, evil place, and it's trying to creep
over into our world. Only a select few agents are able to protect
our world and keep the public blissfully unaware of the real danger
all around us every second.
Beyond those, I've got several things in the early stages, such as a book featuring Jesse James and Mayan mythology that I'm working on with artist Kurt Belcher from the Alterna Comics book Sleepers and a book called Quinn: The Reckoning that I'm working on with Jetta artist Martheus Wade. That's one that'll be sure to get me in hot water again, but you'll have to wait to learn more about it as it gets closer to being published. Another in-development book I'd love to plug early on is one Richard Kohlrus and I are working on called Victor's Parrish. It's the most unique take on the story of the Frankenstein monster I've ever seen, and Richard's love for the monster really shows in his artwork. I can't wait to share that one with people.
I bet you're sorry now that you asked this question. Aren't you?
Sean, it has been a pleasure getting to know you better and sharing your work with other people. We wish you continued success and lots of fun with all your projects and look forward to seeing what you will come up with next! You can meet Sean in person at the following events:
Sean Taylor will be appearing at the following conventions:
Other projects in various stages of development (to be on the
Sean Taylor Offical Website: www.taylorverse.com
Sean Taylor on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/seanhtaylor
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Graphic Tales from the Road
"The Comic Expression of the Creative Mind"
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Published: November 19, 2007
November 19, 2007
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