kimiq On the turn of the twenty-first century, Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood, directed and starred in the film 'Space Cowboys', with Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner, all because a robotic cow told him to. Honest to God. Just ask my Canadian pal, Gautier, as that's what he said to me only the other day, whilst oiling a pigeon for milk.

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1) What are your own origins Gautier? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today?   I'm a French-Canadian, born and raised in the beautiful city of Montreal. I have a degree in French literature from the University of Montreal, and I've always worked in the book industry. I've been a book seller, a publisher, and I'm still a literary agent. I've joined in 2012 'The Studio Lounak' as a partner -- in which Karl Kerschl (Assassin's Creed : The Fall, The Abominable Charles Christopher), Andy Bélanger (Kill Shakespeare, Black Church), Serge LaPointe (inker for DC and partner at the Studio ) and Becky Kloonan (Demo, Wolves, The Mire) are working.

2) What inspired you to form www.kimiq.com?   Basically, this is a way more and more creators are working and evolving in the comic book industry these days. A lot of artists are choosing the "DIY way of life", and Kimiq.com is a structure that helps them keep the control of their work. Also, it helps them focus on what really matters : their art. Kimiq.com, and Studio Lounak, are creative hubs helping artists create, promote and distribute.

3) In your own words, how would you describe your web-comic ‘FarOut’?   'FarOut' is a sci-fi western taking place on a deserted planet inhabited by cowbots. It's a weird mix, but Olivier and I are really looking to make a classic western. The cowbots are a pretty cool aesthetically, as you will also discover as the story continues that these funny machines can help us talk about deep issues like destiny, liberty, and even spirituality!

4) If this story was a piece of music or an object, what would it be and why?   'FarOut' would definitely be the new Jack White project song 'Dead Weather'. I think the mix between the blues and electro is the best way to describe the ambiance of our story. It's funny that you ask this question, because each 'FarOut' chapters will be closed by a little song, played by a gramophone bot! Music is really important for Olivier and I. As a matter of fact, Olivier is always pencilling on Ennio Morricone's music. 

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5) How did you meet your collaborator on ‘Far Out’, Olivier Carpentier? And what have you learnt about each other during this collaboration?   Olivier has been my best friend since College. We are not old, but we already lived so much things together. Making comics in Quebec is not easy. The market is pretty small and you have to fight so hard to make your place. So sticking together is like a defense reflex for us. We're like Tuco and Blondie in The Good, the Bad and The Ugly!

Olivier and I got the idea about FarOut at the Toronto FanExpo when I realized that all the goodies Olivier had created for the Totem Collection (Studio Lounak's apparel collection) with the cowbot aesthetic was so popular. At one point, some guys from Image Comics came in front of our booth and bought every products that had a cowbot on it (bags, wristbands and belts). The conclusion was pretty obvious : we had to make a comic out of it!

6) If you could cast a movie based on your creation, who would you cast, and again, why?   I guess it would be an animation movie. It would be great to have Bill Murray's voice for our main character. I think his natural apathy would add something deep and a little funny to the thing. In fact, Bill Murray should make all the voices. ;)

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7) How easy is it to devise a story in English and in French? Plus do any supple nuances get lost in the translation?   You should ask this questions to the readers, ha! But as far as I'm concerned, I think it's not that hard. It's one of the great advantages of living in Montreal. We're literally living and working in two languages. Moreover, Serge LaPointe reviews all my English translations, just to make sure that I'm using the good words.

8) What was the first comic book you've ever read? And do you still read mainstream comic books?   It was a Batman issue, but I don't recall the run. My Grandfather was a grocery store owner, so I've started pretty young reading comics. I'm actually reading the New 52 'Swamp Thing', 'American Vampire' (of course) and the brand new Alan Moore's 'Fashion Beast'.

9) During your time as a writer, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   It's strange to say and maybe a little bit cliché, but I'm haunted by the justice concept. Thinking about all kinds of injustice gives me the need to write. It may be the reason that explains my taste for westerns.

Nice sentiment, Gautier. Very nice sentiment indeed. So what are you waiting for dear reader? You know what you have to do, right? First, have a click on FarOut. Then, tweet-tweet. And finally face-face. Merci Beaucoup.

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