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?
John-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?
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
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 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
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
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?
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?
John-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 www.londonhorrorcomic.com/preview.htm.
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 londonhorrorcomic.com 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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