Khoi Pham talks with the Outhouse about Chaos War and more!
Khoi Pham is a former Marvel Young Gun and penciller for books such as Incredible Hercules and Mighty Avengers. He is currently working on Chaos War, the five issue miniseries that wraps up the Incredible Hercules saga he helped start four years ago. The Outhouse sat down with Pham to discuss Marvel's latest event.
The Outhouse: Chaos War is the culmination of the Incredible Hercules run that you helped start almost four years ago. How does it feel to be drawing the final chapter of the Pak and Van Lente's Incredible Hercules run?
Khoi Pham: Is it the final chapter or a new beginning? :) I gotta tell you, Christian, I'm having a blast. When I got the first script, I just rolled right into it like no time had passed at all. Usually there's a bit of an adjustment period, so it was nice to bypass that this time around. Funny thing, when Mark Paniccia approached me about reuniting the Hercules team after Mighty Avengers, I was all prepared to take a break from the "team book." Haha. Surprise! But seriously, it's a real treat to be working with these guys again, plus Tom Palmer and Sunny Gho. Great crew.
OH: How does penciling Chaos War differ from drawing some of your past work? Do you take a different approach to Chaos War than you do any of your other comics?
KP: With each new project, I look over my previous projects and see what worked and didn't work, so in that regard there were some differences in my approach. For example, for Chaos War, I'm opting for large and simple iconic imagery. Keep it simple, especially with so much going on. In the past, I might have tried to over think things a bit and unwittingly diminish the power that needed to be conveyed. Not so here. Kirby sensibilities all the way! I'm really proud of how this series is turning out. Each book just tops the last, artistically speaking.
OH: What's it like working with two writers, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, on Chaos War? Do you ever try to pit them against each other for your own nefarious purposes?
KP: I have a make believe drawing partner to even the scales a bit. Kidding. I haven't tried to play them against each other, but I will now....
OH: Do you stick to the scripts and layouts that your writers give you or do they give you more freedom to break down the script into panels?
KP: Sometimes, an artist just clicks with a writer (or writers) and just sees what the script sees. That's what happens here, I think. I read the script, and it's so perfect that the pencil just flows. Sounds corny, but it's that easy on this project. When I DO take liberties, it's very minor stuff. It's all still intact at the end of the day.
OH: How long does it usually take you to pencil an issue before it goes off to the inker?
KP: A page a day times 22 some odd pages.
OH: How far along are you on Chaos War?
KP: Wrapping it up as we speak.
OH: What's been your favorite moment to draw in Chaos War?
KP: The Galactus scenes were really fun, but there's just so many to choose from. Seriously, Greg and Fred just loaded this series up with awesome imagery for me draw. I don't want to spoil anything, but things really crank into high gear with issue #3.
OH: What's been your favorite character to draw during the Chaos War event?
KP: The Chaos King is really fun to draw. Although I suppose he better be, since I designed him.
OH: Are there any characters that you'd like to draw that you haven't gotten a chance to yet?
KP: Hmmm. I think I've drawn everybody at this point. Hahaha.
OH: Do you have any other upcoming projects coming up? Can you tell us anything about them?
KP: I need to paint the dining room. And get the house ready for Halloween.
Pham was also kind enough to answer the questions that no one thought to ask in the Outhouse Lightning Round!
OH: Red or blue?
KP: Red. No, yellow!
OH: Favorite sports team?
KP: Red Sox.
OH: Chocodiles. Your thoughts?
KP: Never heard of crocs dipped in chocolate, but I'm game.
OH: Flying or non-flying Squirrel?
OH: What is your solution to solve the national debt?
KP: Who's really gonna make us pay?
OH: If you had to pick one animal as your bodyguard, which one would it be?
OH: Would you trust a man whose middle name was Cougar?
KP: Only if his first name is Johnny.
OH: Best comic not drawn by Khoi Pham?
KP: Miller and Mazzucchelli's Born Again run.
OH: Favorite website on the whole planet?
KP: www.theouthousers.com. then it's www.tentonstudios.com.
Chaos War #3 wll be released November 3rd at a local comic book store near you.
Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer