I recently had a chance to sit down with Tim Seeley – comic book writer and illustrator
From Wikipedia: Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer known for his work on books such as Grayson (DC Comics), Nightwing (DC Comics) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, G.I. Joe vs. Transformers and New Exiles. He is also the co-creator of the Image Comics titles Hack/Slash and Revival. And as of August, he has joined “The Corps” and is now the writer of Green Lanterns (DC Comics) DC Entertainment welcomes Tim Seeley to the Corps
What’s it like to talk to someone as cool as Tim? Well, first of all, imagine my surprise at learning that he lived in Chicago!! I mean, I live in Indiana now, but I grew up in Chicago, and I still work in Chicago – so, yay!!! Everyone that I have been meeting lately lives in Narnia, it seems, so it was nice to be able to actually talk to someone face to face.
Here is part one of our interview. Enjoy!
Tra Cee/SCRM Radio: What I want to know is what made you get into comics?
Tim: I grew up in a really small town, and didn’t have a lot of neighbor kids and was kind of alone most of the time, but I had brothers.At a very early age I was interested in drawing. I had a very natural interest in drawing because my dad, who is a mechanic, not an artist, would draw stuff sometimes. The Incredible Hulk the tv show was on at the time, so we would make him draw us the Hulk fighting a snake, and just goofy stuff. And then whenever we saw comics at the comic store it combined all of the things I was interested in, drawings, superheroes and monsters, and it was something I could get into with my brothers. We would read comics and trade back and forth, so something about it struck me early, because I think I was, like, 5yrs old when I got my first comic. Since then, I never stopped being a reader of comics. From there I started drawing my own comics, at first drawing characters that already existed, and then creating my own, and again, I could make comics with my brothers. It was something we could do together, and we could do with a limited amount of access. We were kids in the country with nothing to do. But we had pencils. And we had paper. And we had big imaginations, so that was enough.
Tra Cee/SCRM Radio: Okay, tell me about Hack/Slash
Tim: My dad was a huge horror movie buff, and I grew up in the 80s which was the perfect time for horror stuff. It was the rise of VHS and slasher movies were king, and the B-Movie direct to video stuff was everywhere, and my dad was always renting that stuff. He loved scary stuff, so slasher movies and B-movies were perfect. Our house was always full of B horror movies, so for me that was just the language I knew.
As I got older I got into indie horror, and around that time I discovered Troma – The Toxic Avenger, Sgt Kabukiman, and all those movies. I loved that there was so much energy to it, and there were no rules, and everything was okay. I was kicking around a comic book idea to do, and I was working on GI Joe at the time as an artist. I was a great first gig, and it really helped launch my career in this. It was a great gig, but it was full of restrictions. It’s owned by a giant toy company, Hasbro toys, and they were sort of really wary of offending people, so every issue that I’d draw, I’d get a list of things that they wanted me to change. Sooner or later they were just like “Look, here’s a list of things we just don’t want you to do”, and some point I was just so frustrated with it I decided that I was going to combine all of the things I couldn’t do in GI Joe. I just took the list, like, no lingerie, no head-shots, just this goofy stuff that the heads said ‘no’ to – no decapitations, or whatever…
Tra Cee/SCRM Radio: Right, no fun stuff
Tim: Right, I’m just gonna put it all together, and it seemed like all of those things would make for a really sleazy comic book. So, the idea became – I’m going to do a B Movie comic thats an homage to all of those things, all those horror movie tropes, and styles of filmmaking. But I’m going to do what they don’t do usually and make it full of really interesting characters. Let’s use all of the great crap, and then put in something really good, hopefully. So that’s Hack/Slash. I knew I wanted to do something in the genre.
One day, I was sick at home, I had the flu or something, and I was taking all of this medication to fight it off, and I was watched horror movies for 24 hours straight – in between sleeping and passing out, and the realization was that these are all in the same universe – this town is next to this town. Who lives in this world? And that’s where Cassie comes from. What would you be like if this movie happened to you? And then you had to go out and live in this world where all these things happened. That is kind of the genesis of Hack/Slash
Stayed tuned for part two – coming after this commercial break.
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