Your new graphic novel United They Stand - in a few words,
what is it about?
United They Stand is a crossover event that merges my
first horror feature, Methodic
with the heroes of the BCU. It is also a sequel to my 2015 web series
Phantom Faye. Basically, if youíre a Blinky fan, this book has
United They Stand is a
superhero story, a genre you've also returned to time and again as a
filmmaker - so what do you find so fascinating about the genre?
just love comics and superheroes. They are fun, entertaining, and
educational. I love being able to blend and bend genres. And having my
heroes battle a horror villain, I think, is really cool.
They Stand is also tied in with your horror feature Methodic
- care to elaborate?
In the book, I take the villain
from the movie, The
Dollman, and pit him against my team of heroes. We
also get a little more backstory on the Dollman. Who and what he is, and
where he came from. We also get to see his true form, which are things I
have not been able to show on film.
can you tell us about the look and feel of United They Stand?
book is comprised of photographs, edited like a comic book. Iím an
artist, but Iím not talented enough to properly draw, ink and color an
entire graphic novel and make it look awesome. I know my limits. So I
chose to make the book with photos. Itís new, itís different, and
itís actually a lot of fun. Itís like making a movie, but I can do
more, in less time. Also, there really arenít any other photo comic
books out there, so Iíve just decided to corner the market.
United They Stand being a photo
comic book - do talk about producing a comic book this way, what are
the challenges? And how does it compare to shooting a movie, and where are
the main differences?
Making the book and making a
movie are 95% the same. I make costumes, cast roles and schedule
shooting days. The only difference is that nobody has to memorize any
lines, and I can do more in the visual FX department. I can literally
create anything I want, whereas when filming, Iím more limited. But
other than that, the experience is exactly the same.
Do talk about your key cast, and
why exactly these people?
I try to cast people who
resemble the characters as closely as possible. Like any casting process,
you want to find people who fit the role, who can emote, and who are easy
to work with. Being able to hold a pose or expression is a lot harder
than you might think.
What can you tell us about the
shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
like making a movie, but you never have to worry about shushing people. So
itís less stressful. I just pose my actors like they were action
figures, and take pictures of them. Itís very simple and effortless. And
since itís photography, rather than filming, itís easier to score more
exotic locations, because you arenít getting in anyoneís way as much.
It makes guerrilla shooting a lot easier.
can tell us about audience and critical reception of United They Stand?
the BCU and Methodic
have their respective fan bases, so I am eager to see
how they react to this book, ie: the horror fans being introduced to the
BCU and the BCU fans being introduced to the Dollman. Though I think
anyone who reads this will definitely get a kick out of the story.
They Stand is not your first photo comic, but from what I know, you've
only gotten into the medium pretty recently - so what caused that step?
And also do talk about your previous photo comics for a bit?
I actually began with Danerman in 2013, but I didnít make another book
again, until The Centurion in 2016. Though BCUís photo comics didnít
really become a regular thing until 2017ís First
Born. That was THE book
that made me want to do this as often as possible. It was a sci-fi/horror
thriller about an alien assassin sent to earth to kill a baby. It had a
real Terminator vibe to it and I just loved the experience so
much that I
wanted to keep doing it. Since then, Iíve made Blast, which released
back in January, and now United They Stand.
future projects (in whatever medium) you'd like to share?
sure what Iíll do next as far as comics go. I gotta figure that one out.
As for films, I will be releasing SID 6.7, a fan film based off the 1995
Denzel Washington movie Virtuosity, and then Ghostbusters of Long Beach.
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