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2) What inspired you to create your comic book, ‘Dead Future King? I was at Disneyland with my family and wondered what would happen if it were suddenly invaded by a horde of zombies. Somehow King Arthur came into the mix. The combination of the two just really intrigued me: Arthur returning to the future to save the world from a zombie plague. And then, it occurred to me that the legend of Arthur included his eventual return to reclaim his kingdom and to heal the land. Almost the entire visit to Disneyland was spent on my smart phone searching for all things Arthur in an effort to kindle the spark of this idea -- as well as enjoying the day with the family.
I printed a limited run of Issue #1 more so for promotion. Right now the first issue is available for digital download at Amazon and iTunes. It can be accessed through www.deadfutureking.com, which links to the ebook stores through graphicly.com.
4) If ‘DFK’ was a piece of music or an object, what would it be and why? Jerry Goldsmith's movie score for 'Alien': it's not only spine-tingling, but soaringly beautiful.
6) The only story that springs to mind which mixes 'The Dead' and a 'Old English vibe' together, is the horror movie classic 'Army Of Darkness'. Is their any comparison between your comic and this movie? Plus have you based your fictional story on any real history? For the most part - no. My story is not campy or played for laughs. That said, there are similarities with regard to time jump for the protagonist to an unfamiliar world, as well as a climatic battle between the living and an army of dead.
DFK isn't based on any real historical events, rather more of the legend of Arthur as provided by authors like Sir Thomas Mallory and T.H. White. What readers may notice is that geography plays an intricate part to the story: actual historical locations like Portchester Castle in Portsmouth and Fort Nelson for instance are represented.
8) If you could get a well-known personality to promote ‘DFK’ – either living or dead – who would it be and why? Orson Welles. Ever see his commercials for Paul Masson wine? Sure it verged on self-parody. But no one can argue he didn't have a magnetic way of speaking.
9) During your time as a creator, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead? My admiration for Arthur as a symbol of hope. I love the character. I love what he represents. He's inspired me to undertake this story -- my wish is that I do his legend justice.