Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion present the first Spectrum comic from their highly successful webseries, Con Man! The Free Comic Book Day offering is not a sampler or a preview, but the actual first issue of the series.
Watch the special message from Alan above and read our interview with members of the creative team (Alan Tudyk, PJ Haarsma, Shannon Eric Denton) about Spectrum #0 from Automatic Publishing that you can get for FREE at your local comic shop on May 7th!
Free Comic Book Day: For those who might be new to your comic book, give us a quick rundown of the story.
Shannon Eric Denton: We follow a former war hero decorated in the repelling of two alien invasions and ruined by personal tragedy. A new invasion forces Captain Raaker (Fillion) to fight for the Earth, the human race, and his sanity (and the book is written by PJ Haarsma and Alan Tudyk with Sarah Stone doing the art and A Larger World Studios lettering with me as editor).
Free Comic Book Day: What has been your favorite part of the book or character to tackle?
PJ Haarsma: I loved tackling Captain Raaker’s backstory and the tragedy he has had to suffer. He and the others were new characters in my Softwire world so it was fun to start with something fresh.
Free Comic Book Day: What initially got you interested in comics?
Alan Tudyk: The visual aspect of comics. I love the art. I collect it. I get such pleasure from working with the artists and seeing the story come to life.
Free Comic Book Day: What other titles would you compare to yours? “If a comic reader likes _______ , they should pick up my title"?
PJ Haarsma: Definitely the Serenity comics from Dark Horse, based on the show starring Alan and Nathan. Both Con Man and Spectrum draw inspiration from that little corner of the Whedon-verse. Fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics will get a kick out of this, too; even though it's a completely different genre it has a similar sensibility. If you're reading Saga, Descender, Kaptara, or really any nice-looking sci-fi comic out today then you'll love Spectrum.
Free Comic Book Day: Tell fans why they should pick your book first on Free Comic Book Day!
Alan Tudyk: It's a totally free first issue of a great new series! No risk and tons of reward. We thought about a few ways to bring Spectrum to fans on Free Comic Book Day and settled on just giving away the first issue so you can decide for yourselves if it's your cup of tea without having to spend your hard-earned
bucks. PJ and I are really happy with Sarah Stone's beautiful artwork that brought our story to life as well as A Larger World Studios on lettering and Shannon Eric Denton overseeing the whole thing as editor. It's just a blast to read and a bargain at any price -- especially $0!
Free Comic Book Day: What is your favorite part about Free Comic Book Day?
Alan, PJ, and Shannon: Mainly the free comics! But also the huge community event it has become. Seeing lines of people out the door at your local comic shop to check out the books we care about, it's really inspiring.
Free Comic Book Day: Where do you plan to spend Free Comic Book Day?
Alan, PJ, and Shannon: At as many of the fine shops in the Los Angeles area as we can hit!
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