Τετάρτη, 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

We tricked Eric Esquivel into an interview...

What makes Loki such a bad-ass character? What makes him so cool and interesting and fun to read? I 'll tell you what! His writer! Loki would be nothing, if there wasn't someone to tell us his story...

I had the pleasure of talking to Eric Esquivel, the man who puts an electric guitar in Loki 's hands, and sends him to Earth, while all the other Gods are sharpening their weapons! Why would he do such a thing???

Let 's find out Tricksters!

Comics in Greece:  
How did you come up with the idea of Loki ending up in a metal band?

Eric Esquivel:  
The Metal community is one wherein people are sort of expected to reinvent themselves. Nobody's parents ever encouraged them to start collecting Three Inches Of Blood records, painting their face like a demon 's, and bang on a drum kit in the garage until the neighbors threaten violence—it's a path people choose for themselves.

Loki respects people like that...people who live in the outskirts of what's acceptable in society, and march to the beat of their own drum...especially if that beat is a thrash metal blast beat.


Comics in Greece:  
I read that every pantheon in human history will be present in your book. Does it mean there’s going to be a conflict? Maybe we will get a glimpse of a Greek God or even a battle between them and Loki?

Eric Esquivel:  
You bet your immortal soul it does.

In LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL there's a bit of a Cold War going on between the last remaining pagan pantheons. Everyone's desperate for worshipers, but in order to maintain peace between the tribes they have some ground rules set up: 1.) No challenging the narratives of rival mythologies, 2.) No public display of miracles, 3.) No active recruitment of human beings


Comics in Greece:  
Do you think that Loki is misunderstood? Will we like him more after the end of the series? 

Eric Esquivel:  
I do—and not just Loki, either--I think lying itself gets a bad wrap. All of fiction is a lie. Telling your grandmother that everything's going to be okay when she's on her deathbed is a lie. Martin Luther King Junior's “I Have A Dream” speech was a lie.

Lies can be beautiful. Lies can be the only thing that gets us through the day. Lies can come true. 


Comics in Greece:  
How will Thor react to all this sudden fame and acceptance that Loki enjoys? Will he be on his side or he’s going to be skeptical about his motivations?

Eric Esquivel:
Thor is very comfortable with the classic dynamic that he and Loki share (it's always better to be the hammer than the nail).

Suffice it to say, he won't be super pleased when he sees that his little half-brother has found a new role to fulfill.



Comics in Greece:
After "Thor: The Unkillable Thunder Christ", you practically created the term Thunder Christ! Even Akira The Don, named his album after your book. How do you feel about that?


Eric Esquivel:  
If I'm going to be remembered for something, it might as well be that. There's much worse, I suppose...

Seriously, though: I'm grateful to have any part in bringing the ongoing discussion about comic books and spirituality to the forefront of popular culture. 


Comics in Greece:  
Do you plan on creating a third book on Norse Mythology?

Eric Esquivel:  
Why stop at three?

Comics in Greece:  
Mixing Norse Mythology with metal bands is one of a kind combination! How important is for the writer to have absolute freedom on his ideas and creations? Is it your first priority to work with people that don’t restrain you?

Eric Esquivel:
You're never going to have complete freedom in any collaboration, but that's part of the fun of it. Where would Loki be without Odin? What happens to a rebel when there's nothing left to rebel against?

I'm having the time of my life dancing in between the raindrops and seeing what I can get away with.
 




LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #1 arrives in comic shops on February 19th and it 's published by BOOM! Studios.


 
 

 
 


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