This Sunday, AMC's adaptation of the Vertigo series "Preacher" will make its debut following an episode of "Fear the Walking Dead." Ahead of the new series' debut, Entertainment Weekly spoke with artist Steve Dillon about the early days of the "Preacher" comic as well as what it's like to see the characters come to life.
Dillon, who illustrated the series' from 1995 to 2000, revealed that he and series writer Garth Ennis always envisioned "Preacher" becoming a TV series. "Myself and Garth have always thought that 'Preacher' would work best as a TV show," said Dillon. "The book ran for nearly six years so there was always going to be too much to try to cram into a two hour movie. Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] are self-confessed fans of the book so they have a true feel for the story and characters. That said, they are not being overly reverential about the material and they know that what works in a comic book does't necessarily work in a TV series. It's great that this is finally happening and I've really liked what I've seen so far. I hope fans of the book will like it too."
The artist also spoke about the new art he created for a special giveaway of "Preacher" #1. The art marries Dillon's signature style with the likenesses of the actors playing the characters in the AMC series. "It was interesting... but a bit strange," said Dillon of the project. "I'd drawn those characters for six years and now they had different faces. It wasn't a problem as I'd seen a few episodes of the show by then, and had a feel of the new interpretations, and it turned out to be a fun job."
Developed for television by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin, "Preacher" stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip, Joseph Gilgun as his vampire friend Cassidy, Ian Colletti as Arseface and Lucy Griffiths as Emily, a character created for the TV show.
"Preacher" premieres Sunday, May 22, on AMC.