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Wire Hangers Interview with Alan Robert

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I had a chance to sit down with Alan Roberts and discuss his upcoming project Wire Hangers. Sounds like an awesome comic and it is coming at you in March 2010 from IDW.

Dan Royer: First of all lets talk about you. Who are you and what do you do?

Wire HangersAlan Robert: Iím best known for being a founding member and bassist of the hard rock band Life of Agony. Iím also the lead vocalist/bassist for the punk band Spoiler NYC. Recently, Iíve signed a worldwide deal with IDW Publishing to release a horror/conspiracy miniseries titled Wire Hangers which Iím writing and illustrating.

Dan Royer: How did you find yourself getting into making comics?

Alan Robert: Iíve always been into comics. Growing up Iíd hit all the conventions. I was a huge Mike Zeck (Punisher, Captain America ) fan as a kid so Iíd bug him for autographs and sketches at the Comic-Cons. I ended up going to the School of Visual Arts to become a penciler and had Walt Simonson (Mighty Thor) as a cartooning teacher. I learned a great deal from him in terms of storytelling and page layout. When I graduated in the early Ď90s, my band Life of Agony was offered a record deal from Roadrunner Records and we made an album title River Runs Red and toured for several years. I focused on my music career and put comics on the back burner for a while.

Around 1998, when I was touring with Ozzy, I started getting serious into comics again and started writing Wire Hangers. Over the last 10 years, in between various musical projects, IĎve been refining the story and characters. This year I was determined to bring it to life. I illustrated about half of issue #1 and hooked up with IDWís Editor in Chief, Chris Ryall. He dug the idea and decided to release the series next March.


Dan Royer: So what can you tell me about Wire Hangers?

Alan Robert: Itís a horror/conspiracy story that takes place in present day NY. The series starts in March 2010 with a 32-page ad-free first issue. Investigative reporter Anna Davis goes undercover to try and get an exclusive on a wave of abductions plaguing New York City only to find traces of what could be the biggest government conspiracy of our time. There are a slew of intense characters introduced in the first issue like a pill-popping detective, corrupt secret agents and a mysterious homeless man. I donít want to give too much away, but throughout the series we find out that several of these characters are inter-connected.

Dan Royer: Who are the main characters?Wire Hangers comic

Alan Robert: Anna Davis: Investigative Reporter Channel 12 News
Sam Bakersfield: Channel 12 News Producer
Charlie Moore: PA Channel 12 News
Jonathan Cypra: Mysterious Homeless Man
Detective Jason Barillo: Pill-popping Detective
General Lazar: Rogue Ops Commander
Agent Greer: Gen. Lazarís right-hand man


Dan Royer: Where did this idea come from?

Alan Robert: Somewhere, in the deepest and darkest part of my brainÖheh, heh. It comes from my love of horror and conspiracy stories plus I was probably dropped on my head at some point.

Dan Royer: What are you hoping readers can take away from this story?

Alan Robert: I hope that the series appeals to comic and music fans alike. Iím already getting tremendous positive feedback from LOA and Spoiler NYC fans about the comic coming out. Iím interested to see what die-hard comic fans think of it.

Dan Royer: Can we expect more from you horror comic wise in the future?

Alan Robert: Iíd love to, sure! I have some other ideas brewing, actually. Also, the ending of this mini-series opens a lot of new doors for some spin-offs and continuations.

Dan Royer: Can you talk a bit about your experience with IDW?

Alan Robert: One of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys Iíve met so far in this business is IDWís EIC, Chris Ryall. We started talking over Twitter about music and bands earlier in the year and somewhere along the line we started talking comics. I sent him a box of LOA/Spoiler NYC stuff and he sent me a box of IDW comics. Iím a big Ben Templesmith fan so he had a bunch of the stuff he did for them signed, which was pretty damn cool. We seemed to hit it off right from the start. Landing the comic deal with IDW was really a dream come true for me.

Dan Royer: How do you feel about the new rise of musicians and their relatives getting into the comic game?

Alan Robert: I can only speak for my own situation. Comics have always been a passion of mine. Iíve wanted to create comics long before I was a professional musician. Iím grateful that Iíve been given the opportunity to get my series published through such a renowned company. Being a musician definitely helped me open that door, thereís no denying that. But, Iím confident that Wire Hangers will stand on its own two feet. Iím very excited to see what the comic fans have to say about it.

Dan Royer: What comics are you currently reading?

Alan Robert: Just got back from Forbidden Planet in NYC. I picked up Image Comicsí Haunt by Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman. Iíve been excited about this one, especially for the art. I used to love Spawn when it first came out. Iíve also been into The Walking Dead and Chew. Been reading 28 Days Later recently, too. Over the past year my favoriteís have been Welcome to Hoxford and Groom Lake miniseries from IDW. Iím a big fan Ben Templesmithís 30 Days of Night and Wormwood: Gentlemanís Corpse. I like the darker, less traditional stuff in general.

Dan Royer: So in summary give me a quick recap on Wire Hangers and why fans should give it a try.

Alan Robert: Fans of horror, conspiracy and blood and guts should definitely check out Wire Hangers because the series is full of all that good stuff. The art is dark, full of textures and atmosphere and the characters are twisted and memorable. There are a lot of unexpected scenes and ďNo he didnítÖĒ moments throughout. Thereís a quick teaser online at http://www.wirehangerscomic.com.

Dan Royer: Thanks Alan, I can not wait to check it out.

 

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