Posted - 02/01/2010 : 07:05:01 AM
Creator/Writer for American Sinner
Published by: Glenn M°ane
Interviewed by: Richard Vasseur
Rich: Where did you get the idea for "American Sinner"?
Glenn: I wanted to write about a business of sorts, in its worst possible form. Then I remembered reading something about snuff movies on the web, and I immediately knew what my first comic book would be about.
Rich: What is the basic story of "American Sinner"?
Glenn: It's about snuff movie producer Frank Manning, who tries to run his business without too many hickups. He involves his sadistic cousin Kevin in the operation, and things take a turn for the worse from then on.
Rich: How would you describe Frank and Kevin?
Glenn: Frank is the cold, impatient, calculating type of guy, always in control. Kevin is the young, eager and stupid one, who in his recklessness makes things difficult for Frank. When Frank has had enough of this, he does what he can to make his cousin listen.
Rich: Do you think because of the topic it will create controversy?
Glenn: Nah. Gone are the days when Hart Fisher would be brought on the Jerry Springer show for making a comic book about Jeffrey Dahmer. If American Sinner were a movie things would be a lot different, but it doesn't matter. Some will be disturbed by the book and some won't care at all.
Rich: Are snuff films a reality?
Glenn: They most certainly are, but probably not in the scale we see in my book. I've only seen a few seconds of a clip of some russian teenagers torturing and killing a homeless guy in the woods. I'm sure there plenty more out there for the curious, but I'm glad to say that I'm not one of them and that I didn't need to see many of them before writing the comic.
Rich: How do you think like a killer to write about them?
Glenn: Heh. I'm not sure I had to in this case, but when forming the character of Frank Manning I had corporations in mind, and in their eyes people are resources to be used at whatever cost. That's how Frank sees his victims: as necessary products to make his movies, nothing else. I don't think he enjoys the actual killing, and there's nothing sexual about it for him. Getting the job done and get paid later, that's the deal for him. Kevin on the other hand, he enjoys it to a certain degree.
Rich: What kind of person does one have to be to enjoy a snuf film?
Glenn: Not a nice one I would reckon! I believe most persons finding this stuff on the web have a morbid curiousity that attracts them to it, but I'm sure there are other who get an erection when looking at these clips. Something always turn someone on, and you get just a glimpse of this when looking through the various subgenres in porn. As to why and how torture and murder can trigger sexual feelings, I have no idea I'm afraid.
Rich: Is this a mature ages comic and why?
Glenn: Yes, because of the subject matter, language and overall tone. And for the violence, of course, though I've seen worse things in some all ages superhero books.
Rich: What about creating and writing comics attracted you to it?
Glenn: I had to see if I had what it took to put a decent script together. Also, the thought of seeing my own words illustrated was too tempting not to continue with it.
Rich: Do you have any ideas for other comics?
Glenn: Yes, plenty. My second book, Homecoming, is halfway illustrated at this point, and I hope to see it finished this spring. It's about an ex-con's first days as a free man, and how he finds out who and what he is. I'm currently writing the second draft of The Hit, about a hitman whose next job will affect him tremendously. After that, I'm toying around with various ideas, but I would like to do something on American politics later on. Also, I have a short story coming up in an anthology in a couple of months.
Rich: What comics did you read as a child and do you read now?
Glenn: I was very much into Marvel books when I was little, but I have generated a more diverse taste since then. I follow creators more than characters now, and Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Brian Wood and Jason Aaron are on the top of my list.
Rich: What comics other than your own would you recommend?
Glenn: Readers should definetely check out Ennis' Punisher Max run, as well as the beautiful Local hardcover by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. Jason Aaron's Scalped is a must these days, and I would be doing those reading this a disfavor if I didn't plug Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's From Hell. What an incredible piece of work that book is.
Rich: How can someone contact you?
Glenn: People can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a blog at http://glennmoane.blogspot.com, and if people wants to read American Sinner they can find it at www.indyplanet.com.
Rich: Any final words of wisdom?
Glenn: Take care of yourself and others, eat healthy and avoid right-wingers.