What can you tell us
about Trillium and what kind of story can readers expect?
Trillium is my attempt to do a really big, epic, science
fiction, time travel story. I love time travel stories and I’ve always wanted to
a sci-fi story, something a little less grounded in reality where I can build a
world visually and to design a universe. From a visual point of view that’s
been really fun for me and I’m also trying to tell a really affecting love
story in comics which hasn’t really been done before. There hasn’t been very
many really good ones so that’s the attempt anyways, hopefully I succeed.
What are you drawing
inspiration from in terms of time travel and love stories?
Yeah, not so much time travel stories but sci-fi stuff I’ve
just been absorbing anything I can get my hands on. 2001: A Space Odyssey, the
Stanley Kubrick movie is one of my favorite films so that’s a big influence and
I’ve been reading a lot of Moebius comics, a lot of his sci-fi stuff in terms of
his design and world building has been really inspirational to me. There have also
been some really good contemporary science fiction comics coming out right now,
like Saga, which is really cool, new, and I get really excited to do my own
version of a great contemporary sci-fi comic.
Is Trillium a story
that you’ve been developing for a while?
I’ve always wanted to do something like this and I’ve been
developing this story for about a year and half before I started to draw it. A
lot goes into it before you start drawing especially when you’re building a
whole world. You have to do a lot of work before anything gets put onto the
page. It’s something I’ve put a lot of time into and hopefully it’s something
fans will enjoy.
Any other projects you’re
Green Arrow is the big book I’m focused on right now, I’m
really trying to build a big mythology that people enjoying the TV show (Arrow)
can jump over and find accessible and enjoy. We’re not mirroring each other’s
storylines but there’s a similar tone as what’s going on in the show which I’ve
really enjoyed. Animal Man is a book that I’ve been writing for two and a half
years now and have a lot invested in so I’m continuing in that book as well.
What I’m really focusing on is Buddy Baker’s celebrity that is exploding in the
book and at the same time his personal life is imploding. I also get a chance
to explore our culture’s obsession with celebrity through a superhero comic which
has been really interesting to play with.
I think Ollie in a lot of ways is the counterpoint to
everyone. He’s always the one who raises questions and wants to go against what
everyone else wants to do which can be frustrating and annoying but is also a valuable
voice to have. That’s how I see him playing in the rest of the teams and when
he’s on his own, he may be very opinionated but he’s also very lost and he’s trying
to find his way. Which is interesting because he acts very arrogant and
confident but is really just struggling to find his way.
Any plans to bring the
classic Oliver Queen goatee back?
Yeah, I get asked that all the time. It’s going to come back
but not in the way that anyone wants it to so I’ll just leave it at that.
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