Posted - 07/09/2012 : 1:52:16 PM
Creator/Writer for Dracula World Order: The Beginning
Published by: Ian Brill
Interviewed by: Richard Vasseur/Jazma VP
Rich: How did you decide on Dracula as a character to use in your comic?
Ian: I wanted to tell the story of power, and a world destroyed by greed. I also like stories with the classic monsters of pop culture, so to give Dracula the world was the culmination of many interests.
Rich: Who is Alexandru and why is he doing what he is doing?
Ian: Heís one of many children of Dracula, but the only one who has had a lot of access to the paterfamilias. After Alexandruís mother committed suicide Alexandru became Draculaís right hand man. He saw Dracula take over the world. But now he wants to free the world, because he saw what living under Draculaís rule did to his mother. Now he wants to save the world from such a fate.
Rich: Can you describe the world Dracula has created?
Ian: The way vampires rule over human is different in different countries, but itís all an outgrowth of the original Dracula character. Humans are food but there is also the Renfield factor, humans used as servants and slaves. Exploitation takes many different forms, and this co-dependence the human and vampires races have on each other creates many different complications. In the comic we see one particular way vampires have changed living habits. Their attitude towards living a luxurious life is a great fuel for drama.
Rich: Why did you decide to use four different artists on this comic?
Ian: I loved working with all four of these artists when I was an editor. I am such a fan of how Tonci, Rahsan, Declan, and Gabriel tell stories that I felt working with them would challenge me to be better, and I am always looking for a challenge.
Rich: Would you say the various artists styles are similar?
Ian: There are similarities and differences. I know they are fans of each other, and you can see similar influences in all. But they each have a unique style of delivery, and I tried to tailor each story to that. I made sure Tonciís story had a minimal number of panels and was real sleek action. Then we go into Rahsanís story, which has lush but also horrific environments and details.
Rich: Besides Dracula and Alexandru who are a few of the other characters?
Ian: Thereís Vince, who is the last vampire hunter. Heís the human, the one whoís seen how bad the other 99% of the planet have it. He also suffered a loss similar to Alexandruís, but by Alexandruís own hand. Mai is mutant snake woman. Sheís in between human and monster, so thereís a tension there that can be played with, plus the fact that she has not what I would call superpowers but certainly horror-powers.
Rich: Will there be a second issue of "Dracula World Order"?
Ian: I and some other people are working on more issues. I will announce more information when I can. This is a story Iím going to do all I can to keep around for a long, long time.
Rich: Do you believe vampires could exist for real?
Ian: No, Iím pretty skeptical in real life. I like to keep the make believe in the pages.
Rich: How was your time working on "Darkwing Duck", what most stood out for you about it?
Ian: That was my first series, and I learned a lot about serial storytelling, specifically balancing story elements and weaving various plot lines through an issue. Thereís a science to it that I find fascinating. Itís a constant learning process.
Rich: You have worked as an editor how does that compare to writing?
Ian: Itís incredibly rewarding when you hold in your hands a comic youíve overseen every aspect of. Working with so many talented people was an amazing education, and it also taught me a deeper appreciation for comics. With writing your own personal ideas are on the line, and it requires a different outlook and skills. But to have the stories I want to tell out there are the accomplishments I treasure the most.
Rich: What do you have planned next?
Ian: Iím writing for a new series for BOOM! Studios that will be announced soon, plus Iím putting together more independent books.
Rich: How do you keep busy when your not working on comics?
Ian: I enjoy writing in other media, as another way to push myself. Iím working on a short film with friends right now.
Rich: How can someone contact you?
Ian: Itís best to go through the DWO e-mail email@example.com
Rich: Any words for all the fans of your work?
Ian: My immense gratitude to people who enjoy my work. They provide a tremendous inspiration to me.