Godzilla: Legends co-writer and artist Matt Frank stops by the Outhouse to discuss Godzilla: Legends #1!
Matt Frank is the artist and co-writer of this week's Godzilla: Legends #1. He stopped by the Outhouse to talk about his work on the issue and all things Godzilla.
The Outhouse: What's your attraction to Godzilla and the rest of the Toho monsters?
Matt Frank: Most Godzilla fans locked onto the franchise when they were young. After all, kids love dinosaurs, and Godzilla's the biggest, baddest dinosaur ever! Beyond that the same sort of rules apply to those who fill that same head-space with Star Wars or Marvel comics. It's the wonder of pop fiction.
OH: Why do you think Godzilla's had such lasting appeal over the decades?
MF: Godzilla's changed with the times, but the core themes that makes him so appealing on a primal level remain consistent since day 1. It's that borderline primitive appeal of this giant, unstoppable monster that holds sway across generations.
OH: What's your favorite Godzilla movie and why?
MF: Likely that would be MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA. It's an honest and truly artistic film for those willing to see its inherent quality. Beyond that, GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH is a close second, being the sort of "satirical" Godzilla film, without being juvenile or pandering.
OH: So, you're actually somewhat of an expert on kaiju. Could you tell us a little bit about your Godzilla credentials?
MF: Credentials, eh? I'm no Steve Ryfle or David Kalat, and damn sure no August Ragone. THOSE are the men who have written volumes on the subject of Japanese live-action cinema. Most of what I know is absorbed from them, not to mention their work like EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS and the great audio commentary tracks on the Classic Media Godzilla releases.
OH: How did you become involved with IDW and their Godzilla line?
MF: Thanks to having done a little bit of Transformers work around when the first live-action film came out, I had an "in" with IDW. My fan art online had garnered some praise and attention, and that also helped. It was a mix of good timing and tenacity on my part. Chris Ryall asked me to work on the "Stomp Your Store" cover promotion and it was a snowball effect from there!
OH: You're both co-writing and providing art for Godzilla: Legends #1. What's the general premise behind Godzilla Legends?
MF: "Lost stories" one could say, but also spotlights on monsters that may not get the limelight thanks to a certain giant fire-breather. There's a lot of potential to the Godzilla universe, so why not have a little extra fun with it without being constrained by an overarching story?
OH: Your issue of Godzilla: Legends focuses on Anguirus, one of my favorite kaiju. What makes Anguirus such a unique monster?
MF: His "unique brand of stubborn tenacity," as my writer, Jeff Prezenkowski, put it. He's the underdog, the punching bag. He's scrappy and small and has a lot of personality. What's not to like?
OH: So what's the basic plot of Godzilla: Legends #1?
MF: Godzilla's not around to save the day, so his second banana, Anguirus, has to step up! That's it in a nutshell.
OH: Why do you think comic readers should pick up the series?
MF: If you're a Godzilla fan, there's no reason not to pick it up. It's a love letter to the genre and the fandom. If you like monsters in ANY capacity, you'll enjoy it. I did my damndest to make a cool-looking story, while Jeff did a bang-up job throwing something solid together in only 22 pages/
OH: Do you have any other comic projects coming up that you'd like to talk about?
MF: Right now I'm working on the interiors for the Transformers Collectors Club story, "Flash Forward" and beyond that, I'm working with Jeff on some more projects. Keepin' busy!
Written or Contributed by: Christian Hoffer