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Critical Millennium #3 Commentary with Drew Gaska

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We’ve praised the comic book series Critical Millennium with it’s fantastic sci-fi tale and relevant topical discussions.  With the release of the third issues this week, writer Andrew E. C. Gaska was nice enough to take some time to give us some commentary on the latest issue and series.

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Graphic Policy: What made you decide to open up this way; it’s about a third way in.  Considering what goes on further down the issue, did you consider using that accident for this scene?

Andrew E. C. Gaska: I wanted to open with a mystery that people would probably forget about, and then find out that it tied into the ending of the book as well. I know that sounds convoluted, but I am approaching Critical Millennium from a ‘stream of consciousness’ point of view.

I guess I am a little tired of linear storytelling. Thoughts we have seldom occur chronologically, as we encounter things that trigger synapses to fire in our heads, we remember other things that have happened in our lives. It’s like when you start to tell a story to a friend and then realize you left out a crucial part and suddenly say, “Wait – before that happened there was this.” Your friend might get confused a little long the way, but all the pieces fit into place to you. In traditional terms, that is story fail. I wanted to see if I could take that concept and make it story win – where the readers can follow it despite it’s jumping around all the time.

The thing about Critical Millennium is that technically the entire first run of several miniseries is flashbacks within flashbacks. It’s a look back at the things that led to the opening of the first issue: the crazy lone captain encountering an unknown force at the edge of space. It is kind of a crazy way to tell a story – because I am not even telling it linearly backwards as is done sometimes, but instead as haphazardly as the mind works, but it’s a challenge that I am thoroughly enjoying the outcome of.

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10 Questions with Josh Finney

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Titanium Rain CoverIn July we reviewed Titanium Rain by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, heaping lots of praise upon it.  Focused on a civil war in China, the story follows a team of pilots and their missions.  What’s amazing isn’t just the beautiful artwork and action packed story, but the human focus of the tail.  This isn’t about crazy action sequences, it’s about the characters it revolves around.

To be alive is to be at odds with the world.  Man against nature.  Man against man.The instinct to survive is what has made us who we are.

In year 2031 mankind’s survival instinct is put to the test when a civil war in China spirals into global conflict.  Nations are destroyed.  Millions are killed.  And for many, like US Air Force pilot Alec Killian, survival will mean shedding some of his humanity in exchange for biotech and machine.

Is this the ultimate corruption of nature?  Or the birth pains of a new chapter in mankind’s evolution?

From Josh Finney and Kat Rocha, the team who brought you the acclaimed cyberpunk series,UtopiatesTitanium Rain is a sci-fi war epic for the post-millennial age.  In the spirit of films such as Ghost in the ShellInnocence, and Blackhawk Down,Titanium Rain follows one pilot’s journey through mankind’s worst, only to discover its best.

There’s heavy political themes and plots that run throughout the book (it’s about a civil war!?), so Josh seemed to be the perfect victim, I mean subject, of our latest round of 10 questions.  Check out below for the full interview.

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10 Questions with Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry author photo with books 2010Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.  His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include Pine Deep Trilogy: Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man’s Song, Bad Moon Risisng, Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, The King of Plagues, The Others, Visitors, The Wolfman, Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay and Dead of Night.

His nonfiction works include Vampire Universe, The Cryptopedia, Zombie CSU: The Forensics of the Living, They Bite!, Wanted Undead or Alive, and The Vampire Slayers.

For Marvel, he’s worked on a variety of projects including Black Panther, DoomWar, Wolverine, Deadpool, Captain AmericaThe X-Men and The Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher.

He’s also written numerous short stories, he’s a prolific blogger and has television shows in development.  On top of all that he’s pretty into martial arts.

He’s a busy man, but he found time to sit down with Graphic Policy for Ten Questions.

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10 Questions with Erik Larsen

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Erik LarsenErik Larsen is a man who’s very outspoken (especially on his Twitter account) and has no trouble saying what he’s thinking.  A frequent focus of our Tuesday Twitter Fun (and partly the inspiration for it) articles he’s often spoken out on the topic of politics, which makes him a natural pick for our first interview ever.

A 20 year vet in the comic book business he’s the creator/writer/artist of Savage Dragon and current Publisher of Image Comics, the company he helped found in 1992.  He’s also the first to answer our 10 Questions.

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A New Destiny for X-Men

IGN interviewed Nick Lowe about the future direction of Marvel’s X-titles.  When choosing the new branding connecting their story lines they were very particular on the political and cultural implication of their final choice:

IGN Comics: The typical application of the phrase “Manifest Destiny” is in regards to the expansion of the United States in the 19th century. How much does that apply here? Are we looking at opponents of the X-Men trying to expand the domain of the mutant race?

Lowe: The main application was to get the feeling of the move out West. It was a term made popular by politicians in league with President Andrew Jackson about the right of Americans to move West. But it’s not a popular phrase with a lot of Americans, mainly Native Americans, because the move stole their land and nearly led to the genocide of Native Americans. That connotation is not lost on us. It plays well on the metaphors intrinsic to the X-Men.

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