Enemy Transmission Did you know there's a direct link between comic book creators and the field of combat? Yeah. Stan Lee fought in World War 2. Frank Miller used to be a global ninja. And my mate Mike Kuty was once a wrestler. Wait a minute! You do know who Mike is, right? Well, if not, check out this conversation we had only the other day, whilst starting World War 3 against a group of global ninjas. Cowerbunger!

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1) What are your own origins, Mike? Plus what path did you take in life before got to where you are today?   I've loved comic books since I was five years old, but I got into acting when I graduated from college. A few years later, I transitioned into pro wrestling and -- after a few falls on my head -- I decided I'd be better off watching wrestling as opposed to knocking my brains out. It was after I made that decision that I started to focus on writing comic books.

2) What inspired you to create your independent comic book publishing house, ‘Enemy Transmission’? And why did you call it this particular name?   I started 'Enemy Transmission' because I wanted to keep the rights to the characters that I create and my submissions to other companies were not given a green light. One day I thought "I'll just put these comics out myself!", so that's when I went in the direction of being a comic book creator/publisher.

As for the name, I think it has a certain ring to it. But more importantly, it has that connotation of being "forbidden fruit" so to speak. An enemy transmission would be something you're not supposed to be seeing yet you would really want to see. I think it has a certain "badassery" to it as well -- I'm pretty sure I just made up that word! Ha!

3) In your own words, how would you describe your web-series ‘Valhalla Cindermane’?   My absolute favorite comic book character growing up was the Hulk. I liked him so much, because he wasn't held down to all these rules a superhero has to follow -- he can do whatever he wants to do. Valhalla Cindermane is like the Hulk in that regard -- except much hotter and with a large battleaxe. She has the freedom I know I would want, when I want it, and the power to back up whatever action she would decide to take. She is a Valkyrie from Norse mythology, and is here -- in New York City -- tearing the place apart in search of her lost lover, Tannhauser, a fellow Viking warrior.

The series has a lot of action and Valhalla is such a fun character to write because she speaks in the third person and has such a wild and larger-than-life personality. She has a way of getting into trouble no matter where she is or what she's doing -- a very wild ride.

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4) Same question, but about ‘Call Me Perilous’?   Perilous is about a guy who is a stranger in our world. He inadvertantly caused the destruction of his home world and was sentenced to remain on the planet to share its fate while everyone else -- including his wife and son -- left for some unknown destination. He got sucked through a black hole and wound up here. He's been here a long time and been through a lot, including being trained by the Shaolin monks. He does have the quick wits and the deductive mind of Batman, and is the opposite of Valhalla -- science and the martial arts being governed by rules or laws, he's more structured in his outlook on things. He's no boy scout, but he is the "gold standard" when it comes to superheros in this universe. 

The stories are more complex than in Valhalla Cindermane, and, since the character has been on Earth since crash-landing in 1908, there's a lot of backstory and flashbacks that I can work in to the stories as well. 

5) If your style of story was a piece of music, what would it be and why?   My style of story starts off quick usually -- like a punch in the face for instance -- so I would say it would be like a song by 'Metallica'. They usually start off with a great guitar and drum sequence that hits hard, then they slow it down only to speed it up a minute later. I think that's a good comparison to a comic book story since the ups and downs have to happen quicker because you have less time to tell your story than a movie or a novel. You have to be in and out in about twenty-two pages -- you can't take time to tip-toe through the tulips -- so to speak.

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6) If you could cast ‘Perilous’ and ‘Cindermane’ in a movie, what actor / actress would you choose, and again, why?   For Valhalla, I would have to say Megan Fox. She is so beautiful but you can tell she's got that edge to her. I think she'd make a great Valhalla! For Perilous, I would imagine his body would be computer-generated, so it would come down to who would be his voice. I would want someone with a very distinctive voice like Kiefer Sutherland or Michael Douglas. It would be amazing for Michael Douglas to give Perilous his voice since he is such an accomplished actor and has done it all in the movies!

7) What can you tell us about your collaborator, Eric Attio? Plus what part does he play within the scheme of things?   Eric and I have been friends since the mid-1990's. We have very different ways of looking at a given situation, and I have always envied Eric for his ability to cut right through all the extra window dressing and get right to the heart of the matter -- whether the matter is personal or business-related. He is a very good writer, and, again, we have very different styles. I find him invaluable for bouncing ideas off him and providing a different "angle" for a plot to go in. He's also got a better head for business than I do, so he's invaluable in that aspect as well.

8) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote ‘Enemy Transmission’, who would you nab, and why would you want to nab this particular person?   That's a good question. I would say Madonna because she has an edge to her, she's not afraid to take risks, and she marches to the beat of her own drum. Those are all qualities I would like people to associate with Enemy Transmission.

9) Do you have any other projects on the horizon? Plus what formats do you’re wares come in, and are you affiliated with any related affiliates?   We do have another book out too called 'The Equation'. It involves a crippled god, the first man from Norse mythology, Pandora, and a mad scientist all trying to get their hands on a boy who can control probabilities. That book has gotten a lot of positive feedback and is very story-based. It was very interesting writing that to be able to have figures from different mythological pantheons meet. All of these projects are in comic book format and are available at the company website, and we are looking into digital formats for the books as well. 

Wow! 'The Equation' sounds like a smashing title, Mike. And 'Enemy Transmission' sounds like a smashing comic book brand as well. So what are you waiting for, dear reader? Give them a click today! Plus don't forget to do the face-face / tweet-tweet thing too, OK? Or else... HULK SMASH!!!!!

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