Notorious Artwork In August, 1946, Alfred Hitchcock gave birth to the classic film-noir, Notorious. In May, 1972, the musician the Notorious B.I.G. was born. And in November, 2014, I decided to sit down and have a chat with a nice man called Mike about his new webcomic, Notorious. Want to know more? Then please, my friend, read on.

1) What are your own origins, Mike? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   After school I had no clear idea what I wanted to do with my life. I thought maybe I could be a music video director therefore I decided to study media in college. It was in college I felt a real passion for writing and I thought comics would be the way to go. As with comics, you can write anything with no concern for budget or anything like that. If you wanted the sun to explode, as long as somebody can draw it then it’s going to happen in your story.

Notorious - Comic
2) What inspired you to create, ‘Notorious’?   Notorious is the third project I worked on with the artist, Phil Read, and we’ve always tried to work a little outside the box and found super-villains very interesting. I thought, wouldn’t it be good idea to have a bunch of super-villains past their prime have one last shot at taking over the world. I looked at films like 'Unforgiven' as well as a lot of crime films for inspiration too.

3) Can you briefly tell us what this web-comic is all about?   It’s essentially about Max, an ex-supervillain who has been in jail for 40 years released back into society. He doesn’t fit in anymore, his friends have moved on in the world, his enemies have done the same and he's struggling to find his place.

4) What song would you say best represents your story and why?   There's a song in Django Unchained called “too old to die young now”. Now I’m not too sure who it’s by, but it really appealed to me as that’s probably how our main character would be feeling. I even named the first issue after it. Another song would be Johnny Cash’s rendition of 'Hurt', where the lyrics really stood out to me, like Max, it’s about a guy whose best days are behind him.

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?   Clint Eastwood all the way. I mean, he would be perfect to play Max. If you looked at Unforgiven as a sequel to the dollars trilogy there are some similar themes within the stories.

Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven
6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?  I think I’ve learned to plan my stories out more in writing Notorious, giving the story more time to breathe. In previous projects I've tended to write six or seven issues story-lines, but this is on the ninth issue in terms of scripts and I still have so much more to do. This is probably the first thing I've written that I know how I’m going to end it, rather than figuring it out as I go along.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   My fianc√© definitely. Leanne is not only the web designer and communication's manager, she also pushes me to write as much as I can and if she didn’t I wouldn’t be writing anything.

8) If ‘Notorious’ had a motto, what would it be?   Notorious does have a motto, “let’s make today notorious”. But if it was to have another one, I guess “it’s never too late”. As Max is in his mid-seventies now, but he`s still gonna be a bad ass and in time you’ll find nothing is gonna hold him back.

And on that note, my friends, all I have left to say is please check out Notorious by visiting the Wraith Comics website, facebook page, and twitter stream. Go on. Click-click. Or else Clint Eastwood will come to your house and shoot you in the face... errr... book.

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