It is always intriguing to see a project that you initiate come to fruition. How many of us will actually see a beloved project materialize before our eyes? In the byzantine world of comic book publishing, a precious few can actually claim to have their dreams come to print.
modenook.com’s Oscar Benjamin caught up with the creators of the new comic book, “No Apparent Reason” at the recent SacAnime convention during an unseasonably warm Sunday morning. Present for the interview was writer and originator, Frankie Vanity, artist Mike Hampton, character dialogue and story ideas man, Robert Joya, editor, Scott Armstrong and character designer, Daniel Soltesz. The creative crew attended the convention and there could be no doubt that they were using the convention as a warm up for their eventual tour in support of the comic book.
All fans of the comic book genre know that most stories begin with the prerequisite origin tale. The creators of the book eagerly detail the story of No Apparent Reason. Creator and writer, Frankie Vanity elaborates, “it is about three college misfits who are going to the University of New Orleans. They live in a very old house and there are a lot of paranormal and crazy things that happen around them. It is about their misadventures!”
The idea behind No Apparent Reason began with creator, Frankie Vanity. Editor, Scott Armstrong unveils the curtain behind the creation of the book, “the truth be told, the genesis of the book started in a comic book store. We all used to get together and B.S. and just have a good time. She(Frankie Vanity) brought the idea to us one night at the shop and we started talking and went from there!” Frankie Vanity adds, “originally this idea started off a novel. One morning, three months ago I woke up and wondered why would I write a novel when I could write a comic book! I presented the idea to Scott and then he said go write your character bible right now! Three months later-here we are.”
The joy and seemingly insurmountable challenges that accompany creators as they decide what route to take for distribution is a factor that can torpedo many a project before it can depart out of drydock. Scott Armstrong once again adds his thoughts, “national distribution through a major company would be a great! It is Frankie’s baby and we don’t want to lose that! We don’t want it to be taken and have somebody else would run with it. We want to get it out to the general public where we could have total control.” It was this need for control that inspired the creators to utilize the internet funding sensation known as “Kickstarter.” The creators reached their goal of $2,500.00 on the 19th of January with an extra $92.00.
No Apparent Reason is set to debut on the 19th of February in Los Angeles, California at a convention known as “Gallifrey One-Network 23”. The convention is a Dr. Who fandom based event, but there are many guests and artists that will also be present that are not part of the Dr. Who phenomenom. It is the first official stop of the tour to promote the comic book. Frankie Vanity comments, “I actually have about ten to twelve years in doing public relations in comic related events. It has actually worked out very well.” Scott Armstrong continues this train of thought, “we have a Facebook and a Twitter. We also have our own website. We have webcomics that will lead into our convention appearance and debut in Los Angeles.”
The creators have an impressive and ambitious work ethic and schedule behind their push for the comic. Armstrong once again addresses this, “we are doing something crazy for an indie book. Luckily Mike(Hampton) is on board with us! We are going to need to get a book out every three months which for an indie comic-it is unheard of! She(Frankie Vanity) is already in the process of writing the second issue right now. We want to release the second book in May and we are hoping to get five to six books out this year.”
What is the future that Franke Vanity and her crew, WING wish for their comic book? Vanity answers with a fascinating mixture of humility and ambition, “I just hope the fans will like it. I really want people to enjoy what we are writing. I don’t know where it will go! I could see the comic book being a cartoon or a T.V. series from the way we have written things.” Vanity continues, “I think people are going to fall in love with some of the characters we have. They are loosely based on people we know and myself.” she adds with a giggle.
No Apparent Reason demonstrates once again that individuals always need to listen to their inner voices despite whatever roadblock they may encounter. It will be just as fascinating for the fan as well as the creators to observe where this comic book may eventually end up.