GLX interviews Nathan Edmondson about The Light.
People love to use light. They love to use it to see text on a printed page. They love to see it flash across a club, while they're dancing. Some of them even like it as a form of protection from the dark. What if light stopped being something that people desired and became something that people feared? The Light is a mini series follows an abusive father (Coyle) and his daughter (Avery) asthey try to avoid being infected by a virus that is spread by lookinginto electrical lights. I had to chance to talk with Nathan Edmondson about the project.Looking through various interviews, you've mentioned that theconcept for The Light was just a little idea that you wanted to work onat some point until Brett came along. What was it about his work thatled you to work on this story?
It was really hisinterest in working on a horror/thriller story that brought THE LIGHTfrom concept to realization. I could immediately see in my head howdifferent scenes and images would play out in his style. When I didget art back from him, it was beyond the quality had imagined. Suddenly, the world and this terror were both real. Will the series give some details about Avery's mother and how that affects the relationship between Coyle and Avery?
SinceAvery is blindfolded and Coyle is sporting goggles, will there be anytrust issues over Coyle's depiction of what he can see?
That'san interesting point. The answer is yes but you've actually inspiredme to go back and look at the dialogue to see if I can't evoke thataspect a little more clearly. Any chance that Coyle and Avery might run into characters that have goals that are less than benign?
Thereis a chance, yes. But: in this story I've tried to make thecharacter's motivations all fall under the weight of survival, or fitinto the framework of survival. In other words, you can't have, forexample, a character who is greedy just to be greedy. If I have acharacter who is greedy, his avarice must be a result of or a way ofcoping with the infection.
Will any of the survivors panic over a lack of technology?
I'mnot sure panic is really an option. Those that panic make mistakes andare likely going to get infected. The survivors by definition arethose who have been able to maintain some kind of composure--even ifit's just because they are frozen like deer in headlights (no punintended). How many of the survivors that are featured in The Light are blind?
Not many. Doany of the survivors in The Light have any sort of religious beliefs?If so, what role will they play in the interactions between thesurvivors?
I think I would have explored this more if theseries were longer (or if it goes on after the fifth issue...) but asthe story is, I chose not to include this discussion. Also, the storyfocuses on the immediate aftermath. Realistically, the characters area bit too shocked early on. Only later, as they might witness theextent of the cataclysm, would anyone have the clarity of mind to startto question God, to think of the event in religious terms. At thispoint, it's a fight or flight scenario. What makes Brett Weldele the perfect choice to work on this project?
Becausehe is the direct parallel in style to the nature of the story. Moody,simple, and at the right times striking and violent. I also admireBrett's habit of designing characters who appear very real. With Olympus, each issue had a variant cover. The Light, however, will be variant cover free. What led to that decision?
Bothtime and effectiveness. Variants are fun to do but on a book like thisthey're not likely to increase revenue too much. Instead we'll getsome exciting pinups for the trade. Also, part of the strength of THELIGHT is its cohesive artistic mood, I think; and I want to see thatpresented with a kind of purity. Anything you want to say to those that are still on the fence about checking out The Light?
Get off the fence! And when you've read it, get online and write me--talk to me--about the book!
The Light #1 comes out on April 14.