FCBD 2014 Interview with Creator of Project Black Sky Comic, Fred Van Lente
Jan 21, 2014
FCBD: For those who might be new to your comic book, give a quick rundown. What can we expect to see in terms of story and art?
FL: "Project: Black Sky brings two stars of the Dark Horse superhero universe together, Captain Midnight and Brain Boy, to fight an apparently unstoppable biological weapon -- "Ape X" -- that threatens to destroy Las Vegas!"
FCBD: What has been your favorite part of book or character to tackle?
FL: "Brain Boy -- Matt Price -- is a wiseass psychic teenager, thus making him 1000% more wiseass than even your average teenager. Captain Midnight is an old school, no-nonsense World War 2 hero thrown into our modern era. They couldn't be more disparate characters, and throwing them together and watching them interact -- well, bicker -- is pretty awesome."
FCBD: Tell FCBD fans why they should pick your book first on Free Comic Book Day!
FL: "Did I mention there's a talking super-gorilla? Yeah, that's what Ape X is. All comics are better with super-gorillas."
FCBD: What other titles would you associate with your FCBD book? “If a comic reader likes _______ , they should pick up my title"?
FL: "Any fan of X-Men, Avengers, Justice League or Batman would really enjoy Black Sky -- it's summer blockbuster superhero action that begins to tie together Captain Midnight, Brain Boy, Ghost, X,and the other Dark Horse superhero titles around what appears to be a common foe -- the mysterious Black Sky organization of the title."
FCBD: What’s your favorite part about working in comics?
FL: "The travel. I've gotten to go all over the world and meet and talk to folks who love this great medium. It's a terrific honor."
FCBD: Many newcomers will pick up comics for the first time on FCBD—what was the first comic you remember reading?
FL: "The Great Comic Book Heroes by Jules Feiffer, which collected origins of all the Golden Age heroes -- your Supermans and Captain Americas and such."
FCBD: Where will you be for this year’s FCBD? Do you have any annual FCBD traditions?
FL: "In the past I've been in Orlando, Florida and Greensboro, North Carolina and Atlantic City, New Jersey -- and I've done FCBD a bunch of times right here in my hometown of New York City. I am not sure where I'll be in 2014 yet, but I am sure Dark Horse will set me up somewhere!"
FCBD: Looking to the future of the book, is there anything you can tease about what's upcoming?
FL: Yes, Black Sky sets up an exciting on-line strip soon coming to DarkHorse.com that spins directly out of it -- keep watching the skies for that announcement!
FCBD: Tell us why everyone should read comic books?
FL: They tell stories of different worlds to help you grow in this one.
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