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Nanny and Hank interview with Mark L. Miller

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Nanny & Hank are living their golden years; thinking about grandchildren and musing about days gone by. But their quiet life is disrupted by a disgruntled vampire. Now Nanny & Hank have to deal with the realization that they have become bloodsuckers and the world they know is forever changed.

We caught up with writer, Mark L. Miller, to talk about Nanny and Hank.

The Big Bad Wolf: Tell us about the main characters in the book, Nanny and Hank.

Nanny and Hank comicMark L. Miller: Nanny is a feisty gal who was a former lounge singer who almost made it famous. She's got a love for life and the little things. Hank is her third husband, a war hero, who is a bit stuck in his ways. Both are very much in love and enjoying retirement in a Florida Retirement Community. In the first issue, they are preparing to go on a road trip to visit their grand kids, but their plans are changed when they have a run in with a vampire.

The Big Bad Wolf: What inspired the concept of this title?

Mark L. Miller: Darren G. Davis at Bluewater talked with me about the concept last summer. He asked me in an ominous email, "Do you like vampires?" I was getting ready to head out to San Diego for Comic Con, so all I had time to respond was "I like vampires." We had a phone conversation for a couple of hours after the con and Darren explained that he had an idea about a pair of older vampires based on his own grandparents. After that initial conversation, I sat down and hashed out a four issue breakdown and Darren loved it, so I wrote an issue a month last fall and here we are now, about to release the book in August.

The Big Bad Wolf: What can you tell us about the vampire that crosses path with Nanny and Hank?

Mark L. Miller: I like the concept that becoming a vampire almost freezes time for that person. So whenever a vampire has been turned, he or she stays the same. Our main vampire in this story is named O'Neil, who was turned in the mid-eighties, so he looks like an old hair band rocker. He's a recruiter vampire. Someone who does a good job of bringing in young and beautiful vampires, but he's fallen on hard times. In the first issue, he's getting drunk on blood and sets off for a collision course with Nanny and Hank.

The Big Bad Wolf: Is this book planned as a one-shot or mini-series?

Mark L. Miller: It was a miniseries from the get go. If things go well, I have follow up in mind, but I don't want to assume too much. All I know is that I put my all into this one. I'm a huge fan of horror and vampire fiction in general, but also conscious that there are a whole lotta vampire stories swooping around out there. If I was to take a crack at the genre, as a fan myself, I wanted to do something no one has seen before. If there was a vampire cliche, I tried to turn it on its head. If there was a scene I was working on, I made sure I hadn't seen it before in a book, movie, or comic.

The Big Bad Wolf: How is it working with artist, Steve Babb?

Mark L. Miller: Steve Babb was brought on to this project while I was finishing up issue number two. When I first saw his stuff, I was unsure because there's a quality to his art that was very cartoony and playful. And as much as I tried to inject comedy and heart into the story, there's also a lot of real danger and gore. But all doubts were thrown out the window as soon as I saw the pages start coming in. Seeing his pages for issue #1 put faces to these characters I had written and made it so much easier to write issues three and four.

The Big Bad Wolf: What has impressed you the most with his artwork?

Mark L. Miller: Everything impressed me. Babb's style is a combination of Mike Mignola, Chris Bachalo, and the Muppets. He took my script and adapted it perfectly. There were so few notes required from me once I saw the sketches. Babb really knocked this one out of the park. This is his first book, but I know he's going to be huge one day. I'm proud to have him on the book.

The Big Bad Wolf: Would you return in the future to write more Nanny and Hank?

Mark L. Miller: I have an idea about a follow up miniseries. Without revealing too much about the story, we definitely leave the door wide open for another one. The characters are so much fun to play around with, I'd definitely be back for another.

The Big Bad Wolf: Where can we find out more information about Nanny and Hank?

Mark L. Miller: Well, it's in June's Previews, so be sure to order it and tell others to do so too. The book will be out in August. I'm the editor of the comics section of Ain't It Cool News.com, so for the next few months, I'll be pimping out the book there with reviews, previews and interviews. I have no shame. This is by far the best thing I've been a part of so far in my short comic book career and the one I am most proud of.

The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say about Nanny and Hank?

Mark L. Miller: The artist Steve Babb sent me an email after reading the script for issue two saying how much fun he was having drawing it and telling me how he didn't believe I would go the places I went with these characters. It's gory and fun, but you really care about these characters. It's a story with horror and heart. Please check it out. It was a ton of fun to write, so I hope it'll be just as much fun to read. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wince, but I promise you won't read anything like NANNY & HANK!

Nanny and Hank comic
Nanny and Hank comic
Nanny and Hank comic

 

The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Mark. Best of luck with the Nanny and Hank comic!

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