You can't kill the Boogeyman.
Michael Myers returns soon for the finale of Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode.
We spoke to the Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode creative team, Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow.
The Big Bad Wolf: What is it like to finally be back to work on this series?
Stefan Hutchinson: It's a relief. I think it would have been really uncool if our readers who had shelled out for the first two episodes didn't get the ending! It's also a story I'm proud of, so I'm glad to get it out there! My actually work on this was wrapped way back in August last year, so it's great that now I'll get to see it brought to life by Jeff's amazing artwork!
Definitely a big relief! I've had a need to not only finish this book, but
try to out-do the first two issues art -wise. When I got started on FDOLS#1
I think I had 3 weeks to get the whole issue in pencils and inks,( and for
those who don't know I do ink my own work even tho it may be quicker ( and
also becoming more standard) to just pencil and let the colorist take over
after that.) Therefore I have always felt that issue#1 looks rushed. I had a
little MORE time for issue#2 but not much. I remember the DAY I finished #2
I literally left the house and jumped into a car with the Cadence comic art
crew to drive to Baltimore comic -con, like 5 minutes after I uploaded the
pages to DDP. Anyway Issue #3 looks great compared to the first 2. I intend
to keep it that way.
The Big Bad Wolf: Is this still a three issue series?
Stefan Hutchinson: Yes, the next chapter is the finale!
This was always just a 3 issue mini. Tho (personally) I have felt it COULD be
four,( not necessarily that it should be four, but if I was given an issue
to play with the art and make stuff bigger. But thats just the artist in me
talking, EVERYTHING can be drawn out, and made bigger. hahaha.
The Big Bad Wolf: Stefan, since there was such a long layoff between issues, did you ever
consider changing any of the script?
Stefan Hutchinson: Nope. I had done my final draft quite a while back (and it's a very specific ending), so it didn't need any more work there.
The Big Bad Wolf: Jeff, many Halloween fans learned the good news of the series return by the
cryptic images that you posted of "The Shape Stalks again". How did you come
up with the idea for that?
I wanted to do something that was iconic, referring to the fact that " you
cant stop the shape, you can't kill Michael Myers". So I thought the series
of images ( essentially Myers rising up like at the end of the first movie,
and stalking the viewer) would get the fans on the Halloween comics board
in a frenzy. And as soon as I posted it, it seemed to work. Literally hours
later John Klyza from retro-slashers.com came to me and wanted to post it as
a news article. SO then I brought it to you.
The Big Bad Wolf: Jeff, since there was such a long layoff between issues, did you find that
it took some time to get the character down pat again?
I thought it might, but no, that actually didnt happen. As of this writing I
have like one and a half pages finished, I'm quite happy with how they are
turning out as is the rest of the team. One lucky part of all of this is the
fact that I had already laid out the book completely, back in October 08. Tho
I have found myself looking at my layouts and making some minor adjustments
already. For example I turned a 2 -shot into a close up. ( the 2 characters
are clearly established together in previous panels on the page, but now I
feel a close up in this particular panel makes the moment stronger). So I
guess as I go through more pages, some minor adjustments may happen. it HAS
been a long time between issues, and I wanna make sure the fans who have
been awaiting this book for so long get what they deserve!
The Big Bad Wolf: When are the third issue due out?
Stefan Hutchinson: The third and final issue will be out very soon. Jeff's working on the second batch of pages right now.
This summer. All I know is we all want the trade out in time for the Rob
Zombie Halloween sequel. H2 wich will be the end of August.
Big Bad Wolf: Will the release of the TPB be far behind?
Stefan Hutchinson: I should think it will be fairly soon. We have the extra feature - The Diary of Judith Myers ready for that. Gregg Mitchell has written this (my contributions to it are the extracts already shown in 'The First Death of Laurie Strode').
If its anything like NIGHTDANCE the trade will be out like a week later
The Big Bad Wolf: Stefan, next up was supposed to be Halloween the Mark of Thorn. Will we see
Stefan Hutchinson: Good question, and I honestly don't know. Thet outlines are ready to go, but artists haven't been hired etc. I hope so though, because we have a huge tale to tell. The books have been doing really well, so it's very frustrating that we're hindered by other factors!
The Big Bad Wolf: What would you guys like to say to our visitors about the rest of the
Halloween The First Death of Laurie Strode series?
Stefan Hutchinson: The ending isn't what you'd expect from a Halloween story. It's pretty different, but also something that we're really happy with!
Jeff Zornow: This book is not only one of the best licensed /movie adaptations, its
really one of the best horror titles on the racks. Besides being a Halloween
fan myself, I really wanted to be involved with this series,after I saw what
was done with NIGHTDANCE, because I knew it would be GOOD.
I mean SOLID GOOD, you dont HAVE to be a huge Halloween fan to
understand the story and get completely creeped out by it. It is easy to get
into the main characters as well. Stef has done a good job with the
teenagers in the story. I like drawing the teenage-stuff, wether its a
crowded school hallway, or a party scene, I seem to do it all the time in
the books I illustrate. (btw, the costume party scene in issue#2 was one of
my all-time favorite sequences to illustrate professionally !)
If you like scary horror comics, you'll want to check this series out. And
if you are a Halloween fan you'll REALLY want to check this out.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
guys! Best of luck with the Halloween comic!
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