Jim Salicrup resurrected a sacred book to comic fans. We caught up with him to speak about TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
Dan Royer: Two years in how is the book going?
Creatively, it's been a dream come true! We've worked with such
amazing writers as Joe R. Lansdale, John L. Lansdale, Fred Van Lente, Rob Vollmar,
Neil Kleid, Stefan Petrucha, Don McGregor, and others, and incredible artists such
as Kyle Baker, Steve Mannion, Mr. Exes, James Romberger, Miran Kim, Christian
Zanier, Rick Parker, and many more! We got an amazing amount of attention with our
Sarah Palin meets the GhouLunatics comicbook cover -- it was picked up all over the
Internet, as well as many major newspapers, and even TIME magazine -- which helped
get the word out that TALES FROM THE CRYPT is back! Overall, we learned that we
need to sharpen our focus and present ourselves more clearly to our younger
audience that may not be aware of exactly what TALES FROM THE CRYPT is all about.
Presenting satirical horror tales such as "Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid" very clearly
on an upcoming cover has already garnered a great
Dan Royer: Are you getting good feedback and do you notice a new audience being brought into
the Tales From the Crypt world?
Both! At first we heard from a lot of unhappy sixty year-olds that
were not excited with what we were doing, but many of those have come around,
judging by the many kind letters we keep getting. TALES FROM THE CRYPT appeals to a
wide age range and we hear feedback from all ages. Boys, girls, men, women, they
all love TALES FROM THE CRYPT. Even though most stores shelve us in their kids
section, we're hoping that older readers will track us down -- just like they
turned Harry Potter into a best-selling series read by everyone. That would be the
Dan Royer: Are there any plans for the horror big shots to do some guest work on this book
like Eric Powell or Steve Niles, etc?
We hope to announce some major names in the future.
Dan Royer: Last time you talked to ComicMonsters.com you said that you wanted Tales from the
Crypt to appeal to all ages. Do you plan to keep it that way or take it to a more
gruesome level at some point (possibly a special)?
with becoming a bit more gruesome and decided that's not the way we want to go.
Ultimately, we're almost a combination of the original TALES FROM THE CRYPT comics,
with a touch of the original MAD comicbooks. We enjoy giving our sick and twisted
take on what's going on in the world today. So we've had suicide bombers, insane
reality TV shows, virtual reality, and so much more as the basis for stories, as
well as good ol' zombies, vampires, and bug-eyed monsters.
Dan Royer: Last time we asked if you felt pressure to carry on TFTC, do you feel you have
lived up to the standard so far?
As good as what we've done so far may be, we're not there yet! We
get flashes of brilliance -- quite often we'll hear that someone thought one of
Steve Mannion's comicbook covers for us was a reprint of an EC CRYPT cover, for
example. When we hear that, we're really delighted. TALES FROM THE CRYPT was only
the greatest horror comicbook of all time, so we've got some monstrously humongous
shoes to fill!
Dan Royer: So two years in, what can we expect now to come from Tales from the Crypt?
More than anything else we would love to truly surprise and shock
you! To deliver fresh takes by today's best writers and artists, that deliver
thrills and chills with style and wit. When we produce a TALES FROM THE CRYPT book
that's so incredible, that you can't even believe how good it is -- then we're
doing what we set out to accomplish!
Dan Royer: Thank you
for your time Jim. Good luck with the Tales from the Crypt comic.
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