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John-Paul Kamath talks The London Horror Comic


The London Horror Comic Interview

A vampire suffering status anxiety? A comic book writer with a narcissist complex?

Collecting a series of short quirky and downright sinister tales, this book will have you rolling with laughter in scenes of social awkwardness one minute, while checking the locks on your doors the next.

We talked with writer, John-Paul Kamath, about The London Horror Comic.

The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of The London Horror Comic?

the london horror comicJohn-Paul Kamath: It is the Grindhouse of horror comics. The London Horror Comic packs four self-contained tales in each issue, covering the horror genre from a different angle in each one. You’ve got gross-out tales for the chainsaw heads, stories of social awkwardness which cut deeper than Freddy’s fingers, there’s even an all-silent cinema piece which is the most unnerving story of all.

The London Horror Comic is really aimed at the people who love their horror films; the ones that go to festivals and all-night midnight marathons, who ask nothing more than to be entertained in an intelligent and imaginative way.

The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?

John-Paul Kamath: The London Horror Comic is an anthology, so there aren’t any recurring characters. However, the challenge for me as a writer is to introduce characters the readers will give a damn about in a few pages, so that by the time the story ends the reader is left satisfied. Comics have their roots in pulp fiction, which is all about swift characterisation and plots that thunder ahead at breakneck speed. It’s a fine balancing act to pull off.

The Big Bad Wolf: How many stories will we see in each issue?

John-Paul Kamath: Each issue will have four stories but the page length of each story varies. In the first issue we have one story that’s five pages and another one that’s eleven. When you’re putting a collection of stories together, you’re constantly reading the thing as a whole. No single story should feel like it’s taking too long. At the same time, you want to give each story the time it needs to make its mark on the reader.

You’re also revising the order of the stories too. Each story in the London Horror comic has it’s own ‘flavour’ that leads smoothly into the tone of the next story.

the london horror comic

The Big Bad Wolf: According to the press release, London Horror Comic was originally an online series. Is that still the case, or has it completely moved to print?

John-Paul Kamath: It's completely moved to print now.

If you’ve never made a comic before and are thinking of starting a print comic, try it online first. Experience is a great teacher and you’ll learn more about your work once you put it up in front of an audience.

The second reason was that we really wanted to do something in colour and put a nice package together for fans of the black and white web series. Something we couldn’t do by continuing to offer free downloads.

The Big Bad Wolf: Is this an ongoing, or mini series?

John-Paul Kamath: It's a mini series of four issues.

The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?

John-Paul Kamath: Out for Halloween 2008. It’s available to order from Previews from the 25th June 2008.

The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the comic book?

the london horror comicJohn-Paul Kamath: $3.99 for 32 full colour pages with no ads. Cheap as cheeseburgers and twice as tasty.

The Big Bad Wolf: Who's the creative team on the book?

John-Paul Kamath: The London Horror Comic is richly rendered by the talents of Lee Ferguson (Black Canary Wedding Planner) Marc Deering (Miranda Mercury) Matty Ryan (New X-Men), Hi-Fi Design (American Virgin) and my good self, writer, John-Paul Kamath (Trailer Park of Terror).

The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about The London Horror Comic?

John-Paul Kamath: They can read one story for free and decide for themselves at

The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about The London Horror Comic?

John-Paul Kamath: This is really is a book for the horror fan.

If you’ve hung an Army of Darkness poster in your apartment, or debated whether the Blair Witch Project was really scary, or feel compelled to see Halloween vs. Predator part 22 in the same way you feel compelled to visit that all too attractive ex of yours, then the London Horror Comic is the book for you.

Drop by the web site, print off and fill in the order coupon and hand it to your local comic store with pride.

The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, John-Paul. Good luck with The London Horror Comic!

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Published on: 2008-06-24 (3000 reads)

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