The newest graphic novel from the Dresden Files series, "Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry" is available now. The prolific author talks to about working in a visual medium, cosplay, and what we can expect for the future of the series.
Q1: Did the artist nail the images of your characters that you had in your head? Was it fun to be part of that creative process?
Jim Butcher: I'm a writer.In my head, the characters' actual appearance tends to be a little amorphous--to me, it's their internal characteristics that I see most sharply and completely.That said, I love seeing visual representations of my characters.Whether its professional art or fan art, it never stops being a thrill to see my characters represented.
I've had a good time being a part of the process at Dynamite.It gives me a chance to tell different kinds of stories, with a much different emphasis.And besides, it's a freaking comic book!How could that not be fun to help make?
Q2: What do you think of fans cosplaying your characters?
JB: I love it!Seeing fans cosplay your characters is how you know you've made it. :)My only problem is that I just don't look like any of the characters from the Dresden Files, so I can't cosplay them.But everyone else gets to have fun, and that's the important thing.
Q3: What can you tell us about Harry’s fate towards the end of the series? What kinds of challenges should we look forward to?
JB: I can tell you that I'm not going to tell you that.Duh.
The next book, Peace Talks, is gonna be all about a large peace summit in Chicago between all the supernatural powers.I'm sure that everyone will settle down and have a nice reasonable talk, and then a light supper, and then some friendly social time in which they'll all sing together and get along just fine, and in no way find a way to blame Harry Dresden for all of their troubles.
Q4: Are there any clues you can give us about what Mab’s true intentions are for Harry?
Well, I can tell you that Mab never lies outright.She'll lie by omission, lie by telling you true things that mislead you, lie by allowing others to misinform you, lie by allowing you to leap to assumptions that are entirely wrong, but she never lies outright.Everything she's told Harry that she wants from him is true.But you can be fairly sure that she hasn't told Harry everything.
Q5:Do you ever get sick of writing in the Dresden universe? Are you excited for The Cinder Spires series?
JB: I do get sick of that guy at times, but that's why I write other projects.Once I've gotten to spend some time in another world, going on other adventures, I'm always happy to get back in the saddle with Dresden.The Cinder Spires is already the longest book I've ever written, and I'm not quite done yet.I'm very excited to be building a new world and putting together a new set of stories which are tailored for it.