Archive | October, 2013

Spotlight On Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham is a dear friend of Dreary’s. We wanted to give him a big thank you and let you in on all of the cool stuff he does.

Brad Abraham is a screenwriter best known for Fresh Meat, Stonehenge Apocalypse, The Picco Incident, and Robocop: Prime Directives. Through his film work, and his acclaimed comic book series Mixtape, he journeyed to the southwestern town of Dreary to await the devil. One of Dreary’s many backers, he was more than happy to share his thoughts on the series.

Who is your favorite character in Dreary?
My favorite character in Dreary would have to be Tino; I think he’s a really interesting main character, and I’ve always had an affinity for the “ex-con trying to go straight). Face it; unambiguously heroic characters are dull as dishwater, and Tino is the opposite of that. Constantly interesting to watch, but one who also does the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing.

David Parkin drew a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone – do you have a favorite episode or moment?
It’s fitting that Dreary takes a lot of inspiration from The Twilight Zone given it’s probably my all-time favorite TV show. Often duplicated but never equaled, it was the show that first got me into scifi and horror, and my current work-in-progress has a decided TZ vibe to it. But of all the episodes, Walking Distance (in which a man finds he’s travelled back in time to the hometown of his youth) is the one that cuts deepest; not because of anything overtly supernatural, but because it captures that sense of longing, of changing the past, and realizing you truly cannot go back home. It’s a theme in a lot of my own work, so Twilight Zone cuts very deep.

There are a lot of classic cars in Dreary, do you have a favorite?
1958 Plymouth Fury, partially because it’s the car from Stephen King’s Christine, but also the way it rolls off the tongue.

What’s your favorite Western?
Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, which in its own way can be seen as having drawn water from the same well as Walking Distance in which aged outlaws trying to outrun their past find themselves consumed by it.

John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?
If asked to choose between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, I’m going to have to plant myself in the Wayne camp. He’s become an icon and an archetype, but if you look at his best films – Red River, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – you see an actor not afraid to tarnish his own image.

Thanks so much, Brad!

Don’t forget to check out Brad’s websiteMixtape Facebook, and Twitter!

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Wonderful Note From A Fan

Chris, a fan from from Arizona, recently sent us this wonderful note:

Dear Dreary Team,

Thanks so much for writing such a killer book. I picked up the first issue at Jesse James Comics a while ago and have been following it ever since! I really love Jack and Tino and think it’s great how our heroes are also bad guys in a sense. I also heard somewhere that this is going to be turned into a film at some point. That’s AWESOME! The book is so cinematic and I think that a film would be perfect. Thanks so much for everything.

Best,
Chris

Thank you so much, Chris! It makes our day when we hear from our fans.

Big thank you to Jesse James Comics, who has been a longtime supporter of Dreary. Check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages!

Did You Know?

David Parkin’s father in law has a whole barn full of classic cars (not sure about pompadours). David had Allan Jefferson draw a bunch of them into Dreary because he knew we could use them in the film version (especially the old taxi the money was hidden in) to save on production costs.

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In other news, here’s a fascinating article about the indie comics world, self publishing, and the state of the comic industry. If you’re unfamiliar with Broken Frontier, check them out! They’re a great news-source and general resource for all things comic!