Ghosts #1 from Vertigo Comics is released today, on Halloween! Stories spotlight a space heist on a ghost ship, a spirit who wants to play synthesizer in a techno band, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency and others dark, twisted tales.
We caught up with creator, Paul Pope to talk about his story 'Treasure Lost' in the new Vertigo title, Ghosts #1.
Horror News Network: Can you talk about the script you received from David Lapham and turning that script into an eight page story?
Paul Pope: I had a story idea involving the kidnapping and the ghost ship idea, but was lacking that "O Henry" twist which makes a suspense story so good....it was our Editor Shelly Bond who had the idea to pair me with David. He and I have known each other for years but have never had an opportunity to work together. We had a brainstorming session, and David totally got where I was coming from in terms of the stuff I was hoping to use for the story, both visually and narratively.
Horror News Network: What did you like most about writing the character of Prince Bakk?
Paul Pope: David and I both liked the idea of writing the Prince as a tragic character in a sense-- that loss of innocence mixed with the responsibility of a young Royal needing to overcome the tragedy in order to fulfill his role for his tribe. I thought it would be cool to pit a barbarian clan against a ghost ship full of space pirates...
Horror News Network: What was more enjoyable for you, to write the story or do the artwork?
Paul Pope: I wanted to do a strip which harkens back to the early days of Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal. Right after Moebius died, I wanted to do something which was a tribute to him and the early spirit of the Humanoides projects, which is really where my early heart resides as a cartoonist. I was really getting into the wild fantasy elements. It was a ton of fun to draw the burning spaceship and the opening shot of the barbarian clan.
Horror News Network: Would you be up for revisiting these characters at some point?
Paul Pope: I hadn't considered it although I am sure I will return to this type of story in terms of tone and style. I love highly inventive sci-fi and costume and machine design, so I am sure if it isn't with these characters per se, I will be doing more stuff in this vein.
Horror News Network: In closing, what would you like to say about the Ghosts one-shot?
Paul Pope: It is a great honor for all of us involved, I am sure, to appear in print with Joe Kubert's final work. I love anthology one-shots and grew up reading collections from DC, such as Weird War and House Of Mystery...so this is a way to give a little love back...