A few days ago, I posted my review of a comic called "Zoe: Out of Time". Well, technically it is Zoë, but finding that little accented e is a pain, so... I'm gonna stick with Zoe. If you missed the review, check it out HERE. If you've already read the review, you know that I was raving about it. I may or may not have said it was great, and praised the creators as geniuses. Well, I know I did one of those two things. Today, I post the first part of the interview I did with those creators. For more info on the series, head to the official webpage HERE , Check out the official Twitter page HERE, Hit them up on Facebook HERE, and most assuredly buy there books on Amazon HERE and HERE . Check all those links! Totally copying this for the next post!
Anyway. Today we're going to start off with J.. Michalski. Why? Because he's listed first on the official page. Also, he won the coin toss.
ME: think we should start with the basics. What was your inspiration(s) for this project?
MICHALSKI: : I came up with the core concept about twelve years ago. The initial story took on a few different forms, but I was never really satisfied with any of them until Alexander and I began working on it together. I basically had a lot of ideas but I always felt something was missing, until now. Alexander brings a tremendous amount of talent to the table. Once we began working on it, the story immediately fell into place. As far as influences go, I would say the Clash’s first record served as a major influence and inspiration for this comic around the time I came up with the concept. I was also reading Robert Anton Wilson, along with a lot Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan comics, too, so that undoubtedly had a big part in it, as well.
ME: I've seen a lot of time-travel stories in my time... What do you feel sets this story apart from the others?
MICHALSKI: I think we’re telling more of a coming-of-age story of a teenager we can all relate to, than just a traditional time-travel/adventure story. We just happened to use a time-travel theme as the vehicle to deliver it.
ME: How did you manage to get this amazing team together?
MICHALSKI: We went through about two hundred artists before we found Derlis Santacruz on Digital Webbing. Once we saw his work, we knew we had found our artist. He’s just amazingly talented.
ME: Where might I be able to find more of your work?
MICHALSKI: This is my first published work, but I do have another project coming up soon.
ME: Comic book adaptations have been multiplying like rabbits in Hollywood. Could you see your story being adapted into a movie? If so... any suggestions for a dream cast?
MICHALSKI: Based on what I saw in Safety Not Guaranteed, I think Aubrey Plaza would play a good Zoe. She has the right attitude and is already familiar with operating a time-travel machine.
ME: Did you have any misgivings about setting this in the not so distant future?
MICHALSKI: No, not at all. We wanted the music of our generation to still resonate in the future, so having Zoe living one hundred or two hundred years into the future wouldn’t really have worked. Sixty years is a good sweet spot. It’s like one of us going back in time to meet Buddy Holly or Marilyn Monroe.
ME: So this is a limited series... are there plans to continue the story after this series is over?
MICHALSKI: No, we don’t have a sequel planned. We feel that once you reach the conclusion of Zoe’s story, you’ll be satisfied with what we have done with it.
ME: What else is on the horizon from you, any interesting projects?
MICHALSKI: There’s another project in the pipeline for me. It’s a little too early to get into any details, but I can at least say that it’s radically different from Zoe.
ME: I notice you went full digital with this book, is this nod toward digital being the future of the medium, or more indicative of the high cost of a physical comic?
MICHALSKI: I think it was a bit of both. We love the digital format, especially the Guided View technology over at Comixology, so it was a no-brainer to get it on there as fast as we could. Amazon also offers a wonderful self-publishing service. We will eventually get the book into print in the near future because, let’s face it, printed comics are still awesome. I don’t think they are going anywhere anytime soon.
ME: In regards to the last question, any plans to release this as a physical book when all is said and done?
MICHALSKI: Yes, we can’t wait to see it fully collected into one volume.
ME: And, since I ask this of just about everyone.... Any advice for the future comic book creators of the world?
MICHALSKI: Make sure you find the right people to work with. We have assembled a fantastic group of talent and it made a world of difference.
I'd like to thank J. Michalski for taking the time to answer my questions. In a couple days, I'll be posting the other part of the interview, with questions answered by A. Lagos. Once again, please support their work two issues are currently available on Amazon, links are provided in my rambling introduction up above!