1) What are your own origins, Michael? Plus how you met up with your collaborators, Dan Lauer and Dollman? I've always been inspired by storytelling. At a young age my brother and I would create our own movie scripts and story-lines of adventures and comedy. We even filmed our own ridiculous action movies with lame stunts and pyrotechnic work that wasn't up to code. I just loved storytelling. While in college I made the conscious decision to focus on the comics medium as my storytelling outlet. I’ve been working at it ever since. In that time I've had short stories published by 'Image Comics', 'Ape Entertainment', and 'DC Comics’ digital imprint, 'Zuda'.
I've been extremely fortunate while working on 'Myth'. My two collaborators are amazing individuals. Dan Lauer has grown into such a great friend. We met by chance on a short story I was working on in 2012. I placed an ad on the comic creator forum -- penciljack.com -- and he responded. Our experience on the short story was so positive and I felt he would be such a fantastic collaborator on 'Myth'. He was so supportive from the get go and has brought so much to this story. He is a master of layouts and manages to capture the action and emotional subtlety of this story so seamlessly. Besides being such a great artist, he is just a great person. He was even nice enough to create the visual artwork for a story that my students created. It’s such an amazing feeling to see your story come to life visually and for Dan to give my students that experience just speaks volumes to his character.
E.T. Dollman has been a longtime collaborator and friend. Without him, these stories could not exist. He has worked on every one of my stories and has brought them to another level with his lettering skills, graphic abilities, and industry knowledge. He always brings the completed work to its highest level and he couldn't be more professional while doing it. He really is the voice of Myth.
It's because of these experiences that we have made the decision to donate all proceeds form the sales of Myth #1 to Childhelp.org. Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. We have been working with Childhelp to spread awareness about their cause and so that 'Myth' can play a role in helping children directly impacted by abuse and neglect. If you would like to donate to Childhelp directly, you can visit their website.
4) What song would you say best represents your comic and why? What a great question! Music really does play a role in creating a story. It brings out so much emotion. For Myth, a band like 'Explosions in the Sky' resonated with me. One song in particular, 'Human Qualities', seemed to echo Sam’s journey.
6) What have you learnt about your collaborations during this venture? Comics are a collaborative medium. You have to work as a team at every level of the process. From the artist all the way to the publisher, you are constantly working together to bring this story to its maximum potential. Being open and positive, but, most of all, appreciative and grateful to everyone’s efforts, really does go a long way in making a successful book.
8) During your time as a writer, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead? When I was a kid, it was so exciting and rewarding to create these stories with infinite possibilities. They were adventures, they were mysteries, comedies, they were a way to escape into a place where anything was possible. That feeling of creating is something I never want to lose. I think that keeps me at this dream I have of writing. I don't want to let that kid in me down.
I went through different phases, I guess, because the next phase was 'Aliens' comics by 'Dark Horse'. I was loaded with single issues and graphic novels from that series and I remember just how cinematic they were.
Today, the most mainstream comic I read is still 'Batman'. I'm mostly leaning to independent work now. The independent publishers are putting out incredible books everyday and I'm finding myself discovering so many new titles by fantastic creators. It's an exciting time for this medium.
I know what you mean, Mike. One hundred percent. Plus I'm sure my readers know where you're coming from too. So what are you waiting for, folks? You know what you have to do! Check out 'Myth' at Alterna Comics today. And don't forget to pop on over to Childhelp.org if you're feeling in a charitable mood. Go on. It'll do everybody some good.