Graham went on to tell CBR that one of his main goals on the series is to pack as much into a single issue as possible in an effort to “out ‘Conan’ the current run of ‘Conan.'”
“We’re doing each issue fairly self-contained, but part of a larger story,” Graham said. “The first three issues are parts of the same mission, and then I’m collaborating on the next two issues with my old ‘Meathaus’ friend Farel Dalrympl,e who did ‘Pop Gun War’ and drew ‘Omega the Unknown.'”
One of the caveats Graham had when accepting this project was that he would not draw it because his Oni comic “Multiple Warheads” will be taking up all his illustration time. Thanks to a suggestion from Keatinge, Graham hooked up with artist Simon Roy, who he had met previously at the release party for Roy’s “Jan’s Atomic Heart.”
“We’re doing a lot of back and forth on the story and also the layouts,” Graham said. “I feel like Simon’s understanding of science and anthropology is a lot more grounded in reality than mine. I’m just really impressed by him as an all around creator. And he calls me on bullshit and helps me stay sharp on this book. In the past, I’ve worried about not drawing books I work on because it is easier to phone shit in when you don’t have to draw it yourself. I want comics to always be hard for me to do — luckily, I don’t think they’ll ever get easy. Also, [Roy] brought with him to the book Richard Ballermann, who has been doing an amazing job on colors.”
As part of Liefeld’s plan in regard to into the Extreme relaunch was making sure the creative teams had enough time to get a few issues in the can before the January 2012 launch, working with such a large lead time, Graham often found it difficult not to let the cat out of the bag while working on his project.
“I like to type about what I’m working on on my site,” Graham said. “But also I wanted to have something to show, that we were making something worth while out of this and not just jumping on a job for a page rate. It’s important to me that the people who read my stuff understand that I’m interested in making the best comics I can.”
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