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Danger: Giant Monster Adventures interview with Chris Wisnia

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Do you love GIANT MONSTER COMICS from the 50's and 60's? If the answer is "yes", you will want to pick up Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures.

We spoke with creator, Chris Wisnia, about Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures.

The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give a synopsis of Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures?

Giant Monster comicChris Wisnia: As a teenager, Doris Danger was abducted by a giant, Jack Kirby-style giant monster. This drove her to become a tabloid photo journalist, and to try to prove the existence of giant monsters. She convinced her boyfriend and former astronaut, Steve Wonder, who helps her in her quest. Along the way, she meets a colorful and odd array of characters who fall along a wide spectrum of defenders, disbelievers, liars and evidence-destroyers, and others whose motives are unclear. Some of the cast includes FBI and Army “G” Divisions, The Monster Liberation army, robots who disguise themselves as African Tribesmen, famous actors who disguise themselves as robots, giggling scientists, hillbillies, French men in berets, a variety of peculiar UFO’s, and a Fez-wearing cult. And of course LOTS OF KIRBY-STYLE GIANT MONSTERS.

The Big Bad Wolf: What types of monsters will we see in Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures?

Chris Wisnia: The book began as an homage to the quirky Stan Lee/Larry Lieber/Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers giant monster “horror” comics of the late 1950’s-early 1960’s. It was important to me to have lots of different, weird-looking, lumpy, awkward, scaly monsters with strange teeth and fingernails, and nonsense-syllables for names.

Some of the monsters you will meet are Spluhh, Goopoopoo, Bungoo, Fuggabluh, Plopsplu, The Honking Thing, Krakapoo, and Spoosh!

The Big Bad Wolf: What issues does this TPB collect?

Chris Wisnia: I’ve been self-publishing Doris Danger for five years. This trade collects everything of hers I’ve published except for one seven-page story. That one will appear in the second volume with all-new material.

The Big Bad Wolf: The Doris Danger books are very famous for their pin-ups. What pin ups will we see in this TPB? big monster comic

Chris Wisnia: Due to space constraints, we’ll only have fourteen of the maybe thirty pin-ups that have appeared in the previous Doris Danger comics. This volume will feature gorgeous pin-ups of giant monsters by Arthur Adams, Mike Allred, Gene Colan, Peter Bagge, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Russ Heath, Los Bros Hernandez (all three of them!), Mike Mignola, Tony Millionaire, John Severin, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Also, the first five stories, five pages each, will feature inks by Dick Ayers, making the comic an even more authentic rip-off of the Kirby-style giant monster genre.

The Big Bad Wolf: Besides the pin-ups, are there any extras included with this TPB?

Chris Wisnia: The book will have a coupon to receive an audio commentary CD, where I will speak at great, monotonous length about the creation of the character and project, and how I got the pin-ups from all the fanatastic artists. Things like that.

The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date and how much is the book?

Chris Wisnia: Here’s the vitals:

“DORIS DANGER GIANT MONSTER ADVENTURES!
Published by SLG!
96 Pages / B&W / Digest-Sized 5”x7.5” / Young Adult / $9.95 Release date: November 2009
Diamond Previews code: SEP090572 ISBN-13: 9781593621803

monster comicThe Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures?

Chris Wisnia: My website is www.tabloia.com. Click on “Doris Danger” for miscellaneous info, including a fan page of giant monster drawings which welcomes contributions, con photos of all Doris’s “best friends”, and samples of some of the stories. There’s also a page full of endorsement quotes from the likes of Stan Lee, Jim Steranko, Adam Hughes, Daniel Clowes, Jill Thompson, Sam Kieth, and others.

You can find a sneak peek at SLG’s site: http://www.slgcomic.com/Doris-Danger-Giant-Monster-Adventures-vol-1_df_476.html

The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures?

Chris Wisnia: I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for taking a look.

The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Chris! Best of luck with Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures!

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