Wired Magazine writer Corrina Lawson recently chatted with the creator of the graphic novel ‘Shadowlaw’ Brandon Easton. Here’s an excerpt:
GeekDad: What drew you to a story that featured the Catholic Church in a struggle with vampires?
Brandon Easton: It was an amalgamation of a variety of my creative influences as well as a kind of rumination on the nature of power, government and religion. The original concept dealt with a chase adventure through a ruined landscape. Like if you mixed Book of Eli with The Lost Boys.
Concept drawing of the vampires in Shadowlaw
Over the years, the story and world changed to fit a more cohesive theme. The funny thing is that I originally came up with the story for Shadowlaw back in 1996 before the current vampire craze in pop culture.
GD: Tell us a little about the lead hero of the story.
BE: Rictor is a man whose parents were killed by government troops during what was believed to have been a botched raid. He was eventually adopted by the Chancellor of the New Earth Alliance (NEA). In a bizarre twist, Rictor would be indoctrinated in the ways of the people who murdered his parents and later finds himself in a similar situation at the beginning of the book.
GD: What other types of monsters are represented in the story?
From chapter two of Shadowlaw
BE: Not really too many monsters other than the cyborg vampires – something that I don’t think has ever been seen before. One of the first artists on the series (Scott Kester) designed the mech-vampires and he went above and beyond my expectations for their look. People are going to see some stuff that has never been done before in an American comic series.
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