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Gorak and Cothran talk “NOLA”

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Gorak and Cothran talk “NOLA”

Gorak, who has done art and production work on films including “Fight Club,” “Lords of Dogtown,” and “Blade: Trinity,” ” and had a turn as writer-director on “Right at Your Door,” found the process of creating stories for comics and film quite similar. “Finding an accessible hero that we can root for, finding a strong story with heart and then expressing that story one frame at a time in comic book form is very much like assembling a film,” Gorak told CBR. “I think pacing is key in any storytelling process, and, yes, film pacing is a little different than comics, but I learned a lot working with BOOM! and everyone involved, especially structuring ‘NOLA’ in such a dynamic and powerful way.”

Cothran also comes from the world of television and film, having worked on “Heroes” and “Alias,” and has written webcomic episodes for “Heroes.” “Being around world class writers like Jesse Alexander, Michael Green and Jeph Loeb during my tenure there was the best example of learning by listening,” he said. “What a treat it was to see these guys breaking stories day in and day out. The real challenge for me on the webcomics, though, was to try to tell those types of stories in 5 or 6 pages. It’s a great way to train yourself to get into the heart of what’s important to your story, though – a valuable bit of practice I couldn’t have been luckier to have.”

Gorak told CBR that “NOLA” began to take shape when he encountered BOOM! founders Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie one day at Paramount Studios. “‘Cuz that’s how it happens–I believe I was mowing the lawn and they were deciding if they wanted to buy HBO,” he joked. “We got to chatting and realized we seemed to be mutually aware and fans of each other’s work. I eventually said, ‘Have I got an idea for you!’ Next thing I knew, I was pitching it to them in BOOM!’s lavish L.A. offices. Before I even finished telling them the story, Andrew and Ross simultaneously stamped out their Cuban cigars, snapped for a plate of peeled grapes, looked me in the eye and said, ‘Stop right there. We want to read the story.’ So, I sent it over and here we are. Go ‘NOLA’ or go home!”

Matt Gagnon, BOOM!’s Managing Editor, then brought Cothran in to have a look at Gorak’s story. “I read it in one sitting, no bathroom breaks or anything, and thought, ‘This Chris Gorak fellow can tell a helluva story,'” Cothran said. “A ‘Rolling Thunder’-like tale set in post-Katrina New Orleans – I was hooked and wanted in immediately. Then the great, talented, handsome Bryce Carlson, editor/bon vivant, told me to type up some words and help turn this great story into an equally great comic book. It’s been such a blast to work with Chris, and the artist, Damian Couceiro, is just killing those pages. It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.”

Pages from “NOLA” #1, on sale in November

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