I'm having fun with this too. Thanks for asking me to do it. Glad
you're digging the series. I take it you backtracked and read the trade?
Um, yes. Nobody's signed anything yet, though, and these things
fall apart all the time, but there are some pretty big people
interested right now. Nothing to brag about yet. ;)
Eric: And will we be seeing another golem character? Like the one that ginger encountered?
Alex: The third arc, "Thunderbirds Are Go," is partly about Ginger's
return to New York. We touch base with her old boss, Belinda, see that
old Rabbi again and finally meet Ginger's boyfriend, Marc (she talked
with him on the phone in the trade). Ginger has to track Joe, the
golem, down through the sewers of New York. (The sewers of New York,
incidentally, are filled with alligators. That's not an urban myth.)
This arc ties up all the loose ends from Ginger's solo story at the
beginning of the "Goatsucker" trade. And, since Riley and I have
repeatedly said that there's no hard-core magic in Proof, we'll reveal
what the hell Joe actually is. He can't really be a giant man made out
of clay and brought to life with a magic word.
Eric: A fellow radiohead fan? Did you like in rainbows?
I've only heard the single, so far. I'm way way way behind in
getting CDs. There's been lots of cool stuff released the last few
months (including the new Flobots and the new Weezer), but I've had my
head buried in research for Proof. It's gonna make catching up really
fun, though. I've been hinting to my wife that I need some CDs for my
Eric: A question about the fairies, how soon before we see the
males waking up like leander was seen talking to in the preview? This
year or are we going to be waiting?
Alex: That scene was from the "Cryptid War" arc, which will occur at the
end of the series as it currently stands. So it'll be a while. We will
definitely be seeing those giant fairies again soon, though. I'm
drawing a special issue that deals with them.
Eric: And speaking of fairies, the scene with the chupacabara adopting some of them wasn't just a throwaway gag was it?
Alex: Nope. It sure wasn't. And, not coincidentally, we'll be revisiting
Nadine and her fairy children in that same story I'm working on. We'll
tie up some loose ends, show just how quickly fairies grow, what kind
of mom Nadine is and drop some clues about where that particular
subplot may be going.
Eric: And what kind of movies do you dig? B horror movie stuff? Like Army of Darkness and Reanimator or just anything?
best film I saw last year was Michael Clayton. I've watched it twice
without the commentary and once with, so far. Juno was probably my
second favorite. The characters in it were so well-written and
well-defined. I also really dug The Hunting Party and No Country for
Old Men. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was
nicely done too.
I saw Army of Darkness once and it wasn't really my kinda thing.
It was okay, but once was enough. I've never actually seen Reanimator
at all. I'm dying to watch The Orphanage and Cloverfield. I've got them
both here, but they're not films I can watch with my son in the room,
so they'll have to wait. And they probably don't qualify a B-movie
This is gonna sound stupid, but part of the reason I like to watch
movies is to learn from them. I pay close attention to how they're
written, how they're structured, whether the dialogue works. Special
Effects don't do much for me. I usually pick movies based on who wrote
them and whether I admire their work or have heard good things about
My one guilty pleasure when it comes to genre stuff is zombie
movies. I can love even a bad zombie movie. There's just always been
something appealing about zombies, even before they became so hugely
popular. In fact, the first comic book pitch Riley and I worked on was
a zombie mini-series. But it was set in a prison and, by one of those
weird coincidences of synchronicity, the Walking Dead cast moved into a
prison right about the time we finished that up and got ready to send
it out. Looking at that and the likelihood that we'd be accused of
ripping off Robert Kirkman, we decided to abandon that project and move
on to another story.
Maybe someday our zombie book will see the light of day, but I doubt it, since there's such a glut of that stuff.
Eric: Yeah you're definitely not the only guy who digs zombie films. I
think as you grow older you appreciate them for quality more then scare
value. Have you seen the latest George Romero flick diary of
the dead? If you love zombie movies, I can guarantee you'll love it.
That and I just watched a really bad one the sequel to Uwe Bolle's
house of the dead....why they made a sequel, I don't know.
Alex: I get the feeling there are a lot of us who have always liked
zombies, but comics and Hollywood just suddenly caught on to that fact
and are releasing more of this kind of material to appeal to us. Not
sure why it took so long though. I haven't seen Diary of the Dead yet.
That's another one of those films you can't watch with a four-year-old.
I'd rather spend time with my boy than with zombies. I'm still waiting
to watch 28 Weeks Later too. It's sitting here, patiently demanding my
Eric: And you guys wrote a zombie series set in a prison? This I
am very intrigued by. Was it one of those "inmates have to fight their
way out of a zombie infested prison deals?" The kind where the lead
character is some poor guy who's falsely accused?
Alex: Naw, Riley and I aren't that predictable. It's more of a Clint
Eastwood movie set in a prison, which is then set in a zombie-infested
world. Anyway, I shouldn't make it sound intriguing since no one will
ever see it.
Eric: And I actually see eye to eye with you on the reason
you watch movies, I can't get enough of the behind the scenes material
myself. I wish there was more comic material like that where we could
hear really cool stories from production. Any plans for a "directors
cut" of any proof material?
Alex: We're thinking of doing something like that for our second trade.
We prefer to put extra material in the single issues to reward our
regular readers, but there's just not enough room to do some things in
the 1-8 pages we have available in any given issue of Proof. The back
of the trade gives us almost as much room as we could want, but then
we're putting stuff in the trade that our regular readers weren't able
to see and that probably sends the wrong message. We're still trying to
hash that out.
Eric: I know the short story is coming out with the rest of
image's "monster books" in august, any hints as to what its going to be
about? It's original material right?
Alex: Absolutely. Okay, Image Monster Pile-Up is a one-shot, featuring
four brand-new five-page stories by the regular creative teams of The
Astounding Wolf-Man, Firebreather, The Perhapanauts and Proof. It's
meant to be kind of a sampler, so that people who haven't tried some of
these books, but are curious, can pick this up for $1.99. It's an
inexpensive introduction to four of Image's monster-related ongoing
Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts) and I dreamed this baby up and, after
selling Image on the idea, invited Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester to
participate. We're hoping this generates a little cross-polllination.
We first talked about a true cross-over, but it's really hard to figure
out a cross-over with Proof. There's just no way to do other dimensions
and superheroes without ruining the vibe of the book. So we hit on the
sampler idea instead.
Then, of course, Riley and I got ambitious and did something that
probably negates the whole idea of a sampler by showing Proof's first
encounter with human beings, way back in 1805. He's young and nothing
like he is now. So it's not going to give possible new readers a very
good idea of what the actual series is like. But hopefully it's
memorable and interesting in its own right. Riley and I would very much
like to tell the story of Proof's education and early life with some of
the famous people who were responsible for making him who he is today
(one of whom is revealed in #9). So the feedback we get from Monster
Pile-Up will help determine whether we can move ahead with a separate
project that chronicles that early stuff. There's just no way to fit it
all into the regular series without getting rid of the supporting cast
for a year.
Eric: Speaking of issue 9 it's the one shot right? The vacation/downtime issue?
Alex: Yeah, I'm kind of indulging myself with this issue. My favorite
thing to do is just put these characters together and let them talk to
each other. So that's basically what goes on in issue nine. Elvis gets
to spend the day with Proof and Wayne and learns a bit more about them
both. Ginger meets the staff psychologist, a new character who'll be
playing a big part in future stories. Her name's Isabella Bay and she
and Ginger talk a bit. We tie up a few loose ends in terms of Ginger's
relationship with Proof, some tension because of things that happened
in the first two arcs, and we gear up for the next arc with a couple
of short peeks at "Thunderbirds."
Eric: And inviting Phil to do the sampler with you must have
been interesting, bringing your career full circle having the man who
gave you your first real break involved in the same project?
Alex: Oh, yeah. Phil's an incredible creator as both an artist and a
writer (so's his frequent collaborator, Ande Parks). I'm not exactly
working with him on Monster Pile-Up, but it's great to have
Firebreather back on the racks and I'm proud to share an anthology with
Eric: And whats next for you, the future of proof and possibly other material? Please Plug Away.
Alex: After we finish exploring Proof's past a bit, in the arc after
"Thunderbirds," we'll be getting down to business and moving toward our
big climactic two-arc story. It'll still be quite a while before we get
to that, but by then Mi-Chen-Po will be revealed and some of the
Lodge's secrets will start being answered. I'm much too excited to get
to some of these huge revelations, but I'll be sad once we tell those
stories. It's kind of like Christmas, I guess.
I've got a couple of non-Proof miniseries in the works and I'm
working on an original graphic novel with frequent Proof contributor
Kelly Tindall. It's a fun story. I'm superstitious about talking too
much about projects until they're a little closer to coming out,
though. You won't be able to shut me up about this stuff in a couple of
months, but until then... :)
Eric: This has been a blast honestly, your definitely now one of my favorite creators and I hope to talk with you more. :)
Alex: Yeah, thanks so much for inviting me to do this. It's been a lot of fun. Let me know when you wanna do it again, okay?
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