Τρίτη, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Interview with Alex de Campi!


Good morning people!
   
Comics in Greece proudly present you, Alex De Campi, the genius mastermind behind “Smoke/Ashes” and “Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight”! Let’s find out what brilliant surprises she has for us!
 
Enjoy!
  
Comics in Greece:
After a brilliant first issue of “Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight”, how do you plan to surprise the readers? What should we expect from the remaining issues?
Alex de Campi:
Well, lots more gore and sex, of course! The US is such a puritanical society (gore is fine, but sex/erotica? oh no!), but because we are "exploitation", we can get away with a lot more, and be forgiven. The Bee Vixens story wraps up in Issue #2, and then we move to my next story, Prison Ship Antares... a women's prison story -- in space! The artist there is Simon Fraser, who is wonderful. He can do sexy women, violence, and spaceships all so well. We even have a love story in this story. Each two-issue story very much has its own tone. Bee Vixens was very John Carpenter; the prison story is also a love story... the third story (rape-revenge) is so very dark... then the final story is a teen girl gang story.  
Comics in Greece:
The series ends with issue 8. Are there any plans for more Grindhouse?
Alex de Campi:
I hope so. It depends on sales, of course... but I'd like to write about four more stories. Then I'd stop. I don't want the series to go on forever, or die slowly. Four more strong stories, then out: a blaxploitation story, a martial arts story, a space/erotic story (like Barbarella), maybe a giallo...
Comics in Greece:
What else have you been writing these days?
Alex de Campi:
I just finished a My Little Pony story! It will be the #1 of a new IDW My Little Pony miniseries, called Friends Forever. Carla Speed McNeil co-wrote it with me, and draws it. So much fun! I'm also working on getting some graphic novels up and running... a noir story set in Cuba, and a horror book. Those are slow... they're all written, but graphic novels are so hard to produce. I will probably start working on a new series proposal soon. I feel like doing a crime series.
Comics in Greece:
How did you manage to capture the feeling of a B-movie so well? I kept wondering how it would look like on the big screen. Do you want to see it adapted as a movie?
Alex de Campi:
I am not sure. I deliberately didn't re-watch any B-movies or exploitation films before writing the scripts, because I didn't want to be too influenced by any specific film. But I used a lot of directors' shorthand in terms of suggesting shot sizes and angles to Chris Peterson (the artist) and we both had fairly long discussions with Nolan (colourist) about the look of the book. I think much of it, though, is due to Chris' cinematic eye. One can suggest all one wants to an artist, but in the end it is his or her unique vision on the page. So I owe him a lot. Nolan, too.
Of course I'd love to see these as films. The final story, the teen girl gang/slasher story, almost became a film but it fell apart. That's an easy one... low budget horror starring teenage girls is the sort of story film producers love.

Comics in Greece: Do you think that the comics industry has finaly realized that we need more women involved in the comic business? We all cry and shout for diversity in comics and we' re right about it. Have we achieved it?
  
Alex de Campi: 

No, I don't think the industry really cares. There is certainly no "affirmative action" to bring more women in. There are already so many women writing and drawing their own stories... it's just very few of them, especially writers, work for Marvel or DC. But we also need Marvel and DC far less than previous generations. It is now easier for *any* unique voice to tell their specific story, the story they want to tell, thanks to Kickstarter, to the rise of independent comics publishers, with independent series selling well enough to actually make a profit for their creators.






 
 
 
 

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