Hungry Souls by Gore Candy Even though this may sound slightly controversial, if you think about it for long enough, and hard enough, you'd realize that Jesus Christ was in fact the first global superhero ever published. Granted, 'Bigger J' never teamed-up with Wolverine or anything. But I tell you something for nothing, pal. He sure does have quite a few things in common with my great mate, AndreJ, who created a comic book of biblical proportions. 

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1) What are your own origins, Andrej? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   I’m originally from Slovakia, but since 2012 I've been living in Iceland. I always loved to read good stories since I was like 6, even though I was never the most passionate reader. I’m a very choosy person in general, but I also know how to appreciate superior quality of someone else’s work. In time, though, I simply understood that I preferred to create my own fictional characters and universe, because as a kid I found out I warmed-up to this type of thing.

I’m not a very patient person either, so writing a whole book with more than 1000 pages sounds awfully boring to me. I consider writing scripts for our comic books much more dynamic, as I can actually see my thoughts moving in numerous sequences of images, and maybe that was the moment when the whole idea of comic book creation was born.

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2) How did ‘Gore Candy Comics’ come about? It’s ‘secret origin’ so to speak.   Before today’s GoreCandy Comics, there was just a simple idea of establishing a serious production by two comic enthusiasts. We named it simply 'ToxFree&Fyris' --  after nicknames we were using at that time.

Our first project was called 'Isaac Stab' and we saw a lot of potential in it, just like everyone doing something new. But when the first episode was about to be released, the majority of publishers refused to release such a 'bestiality' -- as they called it -- so we decided to move forward and work on less drastic projects.

Even according to the opinions of many people, we just don’t know how to make stories which would be nice or pretty but that’s just what we do and what we like. GoreCandy therefore means our perception of animated brutality in general -- it‘s sweet, just like candy.

3) In your own words how would you describe your tale, 'Hungry Souls'?   Hungry Souls is a story of 'Flaminio Abangelo' who is an elite exorcist. His job is to keep the world clean of diabolical and unholy creatures passing here from the homeland commonly known as hell. In the world of Hungry Souls, Church still represents the most powerful organization and still rules the world through political and spiritual power never seen before. This time, the reign of the Church is not based on terror or any requisition of fate. Their mission is to actually shield people of all faiths from darkness so the basis of technological advantage can now effectively lead it‘s holy warfare against the forces of evil.

Despite the generous spirit hidden beneath this saints mission, ordinary methods used by exorcists may seem rather rough and drastic. They are well trained soldiers authorized to eliminate any kind of otherworldly beings, reincarnated demons, or often just innocent victims of demonic possessions. So forget about what you knew related to exorcism and witness the true horrors of being a right hand of God’s justice, and emerge yourself into a war between forces beyond common understanding!

4) What song would you say best represents this story and why?   I think it may be any song from Andreas Waldetoft’s Crusader Kings II soundtrack, mainly because I’m listening to it all the time during writing. It’s a musical masterpiece.

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5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   That’s a hard question to answer. Firstly I don’t personally have any role models or icons in my life, but there are few people I truly admire though none of them would be the right medium to advertise our comics through. If our work is a synonym for superior quality, it should be able to promote itself in time. The only thing you actually need is to be patient and believe in your cause.

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavor? And were there any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   Well, mainly I finally understood where I belong and what my true passions I‘m now completely devoted to are. There are always some obstacles, and in a case of a young, unknown comic book production, there’s a constant problem promoting our creations.

Majority of big publishers simply don’t want to take the risk at releasing some unfamiliar series with no guaranty of success. With our previous releases there was another problem I mentioned before, and it was our over-abundant violence which absolutely overshadowed any other qualities. But even after these first failures, we never gave up and always kept going on and right now the future of our GoreCandy Comics looks brighter than any time before.

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7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   It would have to be 'GoreCandy' became the sense of working on this project keeps me in the best shape possible. For me it’s all about the possibility of creating my own world even though it’s only imaginary, but it’s also the vision of our production which drives me out of my bed every single morning. I feel good about everything I do and I’ll do anything necessary to keep it that way for the rest of my life.

Of course, my overall well-being is not caused only by the mental work I do, but also by my physical activities. I prefer to live in harmony with myself.

8) If ‘Gore Candy’ had a motto, what would it be?   If you want to do it make it happen, and if it becomes progressive, make as much profit from it as possible.

So there you have it, dear reader. My mate Andrej and his Gore Candy comic books. When you have the time please go and check out his website, facebook page, and twitter stream. Go on. Chop-Chop. A dab will do you good. 

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