The Wisdom Of Fools Cover Do you like things that go 'bump in the night'? Do you to enjoy following the exploits of such characters as Batman and Punisher? And do you possess a humor so dark, you need to turn on a flashlight everytime you laugh? Huh? What do you mean 'no'? Then fess up, pal. And check out this interview I did with someone who has all of these traits. David Brown. One of the authors of a great anthology series. 

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1) What are your own origins, David? Plus what path did you take in life to get to where you are today?   I'm from Toledo, Ohio, in the U.S of A. If you don't know, it's boring here. REALLY boring. So the imagination tends to wander. I suppose that is where comics came into play. From a young age, I escaped into comics. The Punisher was always my favorite as a kid, I disliked capes for the most part. Batman was and still is the exception to that rule.

I've been a writer ever since I can remember. Although I spent most of my young adult life pursuing music, I always wrote comic scripts...I believe they are my escape.

Fifth Dimension Comics2) What inspired you to create the anthology, 'The Wisdom of Fools'?   In early 2013, it was my plan to find an artist to finally illustrate some of these stories I've had running around in my head for years. One of these stories was 'The Magician', a tale of an elderly assassin named Eugene going about his business.

This hearkens back to my love of Frank Castle and the fact that he never seemed to age much. I wondered what an elderly Punisher would be like. So I created 'The Magician'.

Through some miracle, I discovered artist D.N.S. He liked what I was doing and very quickly we put together 'The Magician' and started Fifth Dimension Comics. From there, we found there were a TON of indie artists and writers out there looking for a place to call home. Fifth Dimension Comics is that home and the book we are putting out, 'The Wisdom of Fools' is the culmination of the best work from our collective...and I believe some of the best indie work out there period.

3) In your own words how would you describe this collection of stories?   The stories all have one thing in common -- they're all dark. I suppose I've always had a dark sense of humor and I've always enjoyed horror movies, books, games and comics, so it just made sense to go in that direction.

The content ranges from a man who can't wake up but instead jumps from nightmare to nightmare to the horrors of war to a psychotic man who hangs his family up from a man made spider web.

Our stories are for those who like their coffee black.

4) If ‘Wisdom’ was a song, what song would it be and why?   I'd say 'SIC' by Slipknot because the book has an energy and darkness that reminds me of blistering heavy metal and it doesn't get much more blistering than Slipknot.

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5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your project, what person would you get, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   I'd ask the late George Carlin to promote it. I know he was a comedian but he didn't shy away from uncomfortable subject matter -- and -- neither does 'The Wisdom of Fools'. I think he'd appreciate it. Plus, he's dead. So a zombie George Carlin promoting a horror comic would be fitting in a weird way.

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavor? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   I've learned that I'm obsessive over details! I've been over every inch of this book hundreds of times making sure every last little detail is perfect.

Anytime you do an anthology book with other creators, there are always going to be unforeseen obstacles that pop up. People leave the project mid way through, others join. The biggest shock to me was how difficult it was to format the book properly for printing. Somehow I thought the computer end of things would be easier.

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7) Now if your book was ever going to be made into a movie, what actor would you like to see in what role?   I'd like to see Anthony Hopkins play the part of Eugene in 'The Magician'.

8) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   It would definitely be the relationships I've formed with other like-minded creators. It's special when you connect with a perfect stranger on a creative level. You very quickly become friends and that is special to me.

9) If ‘Wisdom’ had a motto, what would it be?   Never censor yourself!

So there you have it, folks. 'The Wisdom of Fools' in one. When you have the time please check out their website and kickstarter campaign. You never know, you may dig this project so much, you may dig into your own pocket and cough up some cold hard cash. Ka-Ching!

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