This is "Went to Tell Somebody," where I spotlighted different cool independent comic book series based on submissions from the indie comic book creators themselves via a set Q & A with the creators themselves. Essentially, the creators speak for their own work and "Went to Tell Somebody" will give them a place to do so!
This is an ongoing weekly feature, so if you would like to see your work spotlighted, as well, there's no time limit or anything like that. So you can submit at any time. It's not a first come/first serve thing, ya know? Click here for the current submission guidelines.
Today, we look at Mike Phillips, Julian Darius and Steven Legge's Necropolitan.
There is currently a Kickstarter going for the comic here.
What is your comic about?
Necropolitan is about the war in Hell over (the long-absent) St. Lucifer's throne. He disappeared a few hundred years ago, and since then all of history's worst people have gotten a foothold, joined clans, and are battling each other to take over Hell. Think Gangs of New York meets Highlander in Hell. (And it's definitely rated R.)
What made you choose to use the comic book medium for this story?
Since the early '90s, I've constantly been writing comics in my head. Whenever a new idea sparks, I don't see it in the form of moving pictures, like TV or film. I see it in comics panels, static images. And I love that. Besides, comics can do so much more than TV or film, at a fraction of the budget!
What aspect of your comic are you most proud of?
The world-building, for sure. Yeah, yeah, I know that using Hell as a setting isn't even remotely innovative, but you can make it your own. (Westeros and Essos aren't much much more than Europe and Asia, after all. It's what you do with it.) It was fun to come up with a currency for Hell, and the map is still forming, but we've got the geography and most of the political boundaries set.
What’s the one piece of philosophy and/or advice that has informed your comic book work the most?
Big, crazy moments are fun, but they are only half of storytelling. If they're not counterbalanced with the smaller, relate-able, human moments, then it's just a slug-fest, which we all know doesn't get talked about much after reading. I want to do crazy, bombastic stuff, sure, but I also want people to connect to the characters and themes. Yes, even if most of the people in the story are varying levels of horrible.
Since this is “Went to Tell Everybody,” tell everybody about another current comic book series that you would like other people to know more about.
My pal Julian Darius, on his own dime, has created an amazing epic series called Martian Comics. It spans 20,000 years of Martian culture, and to make a long story short, aside from their own issues on Mars (like a robot uprising a thousand years ago), they've been manipulating and possessing Earthlings for a long time. They've hunted cavemen, been Jesus, and influenced the military industrial complex. Talk about world-building!
Again, you can support the comic on its Kickstarter page here.
And of course, once again, if you're interested in seeing YOUR independent comic book spotlighted in this feature, click here for the current submission guidelines.