SPACE! (have I mentioned that show yet?) is days upon us and we are talking with one of it's attendees, Dave Kelly on the InDiY 5!
Spilled Milk?! Nonsense! I have no idea what that has to do with my interview with Dave Kelly but people watching others at night? I think Dave Kelly has plenty to do with that! Check out what he has to say below followers of Milk!
IH: "Hello Dave." (Sorry, I couldn't resist). Dave Kelley, you represent Tales of the Night Watchman. Can you tell us what that is?
DK: Haha. Hello, there. Firstly, let's be clear: That's Kelly with one "e". Don't make me disconnect you! Tales of the Night Watchman is the story of a young woman trying to make it as a journalist in NYC, but she can't break free from her paying gig as a barista. Her platonic roommate is this dude named Charlie who happens to be superhero of sorts who calls himself The Night Watchman. There's trouble-a-brewing from Charlie's past, and someone very evil is out to get him.
IH: Are you alone in this or are there other NightWatchPeople?
DK: Oh, no, Lara Antal is here with me. As much as I'd love to bask in the glory of a solo interview that wouldn't be fair. She's the artist. I just write the thing.
LA: Dave's an asshole sometimes. He likes to hog the mic.
DK: I also letter the comic...
IH: So what can people expect to find at your group's table at the SPACE show?
LA: Well, we're going to be premiering the first issue there. We'll also have some dope swag like bookmarks. I've also got a sketchbook.
DK: Tell him about the tablecloth.
LA: Oh, yeah! We scored a sweet tablecloth just for SPACE. It's got rocket ships and planets on it.
DK: Be jealz.
IH: What would you like readers to take away from the experience of your material?
LA: Part of the reason Dave and I work so well together is because we come from different backgrounds with respect to comics. Dave has always loved superheroes especially golden & silver age stuff. I've always read independent stuff, stories that were either more biographical or less narrative. I could never get into superheroes because of how they portrayed not just women but everybody. When we came to this collaboration, we wanted to explore the other's knowledge and combine it to create a book we would both want to read. To our surprise, we found that there weren't many titles that played off both sensibilities. We also found collaborating a lot easier than expected because of our differences. Speaking as a female comics reader, I find that a serious majority of comics alienate women. Not just in the obvious ways, but in how these stories progress through action, not plot, and how characters change but do not grow. Men seem to love that, but I could never relate. And typically women aren't 'fan-boy' enough to wade through that kind of material awaiting an inconsequential pay off. We hope to create a story that provides an insightful and meaningful experience for everybody, but also throw in a helluva lot of fun and excitement.
DK: We also aren't ashamed to self-publish something that could be termed a "superhero" book. A lot of people get really self-conscious about that because of the stigma, but we embrace it.
IH: Where can people find you at SPACE and on the internets?
LA: Come find us at table #57! We're nice faces, promise.
DK: You can find us on the world wide web at www.talesofthenightwatchman.com. You can also like our fanpage: Facebook.com/watchmantales.
IH: What do you have in store for future fans?
DK: Well, further issues of TotNWM are in the works. Volume One will last four or five issues, but we've also got...
DK: What? Ok, fine, you tell them.
LA: Up next we've got a top secret short comic. It involves a killer bunny rabbit and a toxic veggie garden. Not sure where it'll end up, but we're excited for it.
DK: And then TotNWM #2!
Remember, all this week, The Outhouse will be showcasing SPACE! If you live in the Mid-West and are looking to check out some great small press comics, be sure to come!
The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE)
The Mid-West's Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator Owned Comics
Over 170 exhibitors
April 21 & 22 Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus.
4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229
Off I71 at the Morse / Sinclair exit. Free Parking!
Admission $5.00 per day and $8.00 per weekend.
Written or Contributed by: J.M. Hunter