Graham Nolan is the co-creator of the Batman villain Bane and has worked as an artist on Batman and Superman titles as well as Moonstone Books’ The Phantom. We talked with him about his newest project, Joe Frankenstein.
What is Joe Frankenstein about? Joe is a 17 year old kid that has bounced from foster family to foster family his whole life not knowing his true heritage. When he is attacked one night by a coven of vampires he is saved by a shadowy protector that turns out to be the Frankenstein monster. Joe is the direct descendant of Victor Frankenstein and his blood has been encoded with the key to immortality. Something the Monster’s Bride is willing to spill in order to obtain it’s secrets.
You originally conceived the story as being a Doc Savage-like series called Doc Frankenstein back in 2006. What are some major changes that have occurred between Doc Frankenstein and Joe Frankenstein? “Doc” was an adult in that version and more of a super-heroic adventurer. “Joe” is more a coming of age story that will appeal to a wider audience.
What are some of the benefits in working with Chuck Dixon? Chuck is one of the best writers in the business and has incredible visual sensibilities. He writes the best action sequences in comics and he makes me look good!
Joe Frankenstein has been picked up by IDW Publishing, but originally it didn’t have a publisher. What lessons have you learned trying to get the series a publisher and how did you get IDW to pick up the story? The publishing landscape has changed so much over the last 20 years. In the 80’s there would have been a bidding war for this property. Now, the few major publishers left have a pretty narrow template of what they will publish. We were looking for a publisher where we could own the property so IDW was a perfect fit for us. The downside to this type of arrangement is that there is no page rate or advance money given while we are busy creating it. 120 pages, plus covers, plus logo designs take a lot of time and money to produce. This is why we turned to Indiegogo and crowd funding to help us keep the lights on while we “toil in the laboratory”.
How can people help Joe Frankenstein be ‘brought to life?’Our funding campaign is running @ http://www.indiegogo.com/JOEFRANKENSTEIN
All supporters get put on a special e-mail list and receive exclusive images, artwork and updates not found anywhere else. More can also be seen @ www.joefrankenstein.com
Nerd Question: If Joe Frankenstein was turned into a film and you could have anyone, living or dead, star in it or direct, who would it be and what role would you give them? I based Joe’s look on actor Justin Long, but he may be a bit long in the tooth for the role now. I would want the young Boris Karloff as the Monster, And for a director I think Joe Johnston would be cool, if for no other reason than to give him a second chance at classic horror after his disastrous “Wolfman”.
Anything else you’d like to add? Pick up your torches. Pick up your pitch forks and let the world know…the Monster is COMING!