Charlie Chang: To start, FBP is such a great book and I’ve personally really enjoyed it so far. It’s different than everything else, it’s a meld of so many different types of science fiction such as in books, TV, and movies. What is your one or two sentence description or pitch to folks who are unfamiliar with FBP?
Simon Oliver: It’s a world where physics does not behave quite the way we expect it to but it’s been incorporated into our everyday lives. We’re far enough down the road that it’s like earthquakes or tornadoes, it’s just something that happens and we learn to deal with it.
It’s unlike other projects in that it’s not a secret. Everybody knows about it. There are physics reports on the radio and you can dial 911 and get the Physics Bureau who will come out and fix the wormhole in your kitchen.
CC: That’s awesome. For me, there seems to be obvious subjects or story plots that would be fun to explore. What are the top three things you’ve enjoyed or love about this book?
SO: I like the characters! As a writer, I usually start with the characters and take it from there. It’s to have these characters with varying degrees of humor and understandable story arcs for them to play against this backdrop of crazy physics is a very fun thing for me.
CC: I love the look of the book. It’s so unique and so cool to just look at. I always talk to people about how comics really can do things that other mediums can’t. I think this book is a great example of that because of the subject of the story and is totally different than if this were a TV show.
SO: Yeah, from the first moment that I saw the first cover with the pink, I thought “okay, this is going to be something different.” Those guys really grabbed the ball and ran with it as a team. From the colors, lettering, covers, and obviously Robbie doing the pencils. It looks really different and I think looks very old. Robbie has a very different idea of what he wants to do and what he wants things to look like. He’ll be ambitious enough to say “okay, we don’t need a background for this” so that the action plays in the front. So yes, this book looks great! It looks like nothing else on the shelves.
CC: Where do you draw your inspiration from when it comes to the physics part of the story?
SO: I read a lot of physics and I try and keep on top of where research is. I try and hunt out some of the crazier ideas they’re coming up with and I keep a file on my computer of various scientific studies I find.
CC: Can you give an example of something you read about that you later incorporated into the book?
SO: Yeah, the Bubble-verse in the first story arc came from a theory in a book that talked about how alternate smaller universes could literally form bubbles as a membrane of our own dimension and I thought that was interesting so that ended up becoming a big part of the first arc.
CC: Now that the first collected trade paperback has already been out for a while, where are you looking to take this story, world, and characters that you’ve established?
SO: Adam Hardy is the main character in this book and I think we’ve built a very interesting supporting cast of characters each with their own sort of unique story arc to play out. Each arc really builds upon the one before it and I’m actually building up to a point where the book won’t end but the current story arcs will be tied up soon and then we’re going to do what I like to call a soft restart where we can go back and go smaller again.