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Earthborn Over the last couple of years I've gotten to know quite a few people who work in the comic book industry, ranging from a big wig who works at DC Comics, right up to an independent creator who works for himself. During this time I've learnt from these associations and realized that most of these people have one thing in common: They love to create. Now to see what I mean by this, please check out the following interview I did with Steve Dean from Fireclaw UK.

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1) What are your own origins, Steve?   My origins are quite varied, as my life has taken some unexpected turns. I was born and still live in Nottingham, England, left school at fifteen and went to work in a pet shop. From there I spent some time in the building trade, retrained as a computer programmer, stepped sideways into IT hardware repair, and then became a full time writer, as you do. I’d started writing as a hobby a few years before and had a few books published by an independent publisher, so it wasn’t a complete surprise. More books followed, I wrote some RPG gaming material, and now we’re up to date with the comics.

Call Me Kate2) What inspired you to form, ‘Fireclaw UK’, and what is your involvement in this independent publishing house?   About three years ago I answered an advert on a freelancing website for a writer for a long-term project (This was before Fireclaw even existed). The ad was placed by Eduardo Lando, who’s the founder and driving force behind Fireclaw (I tell people I came up with the name Fireclaw, but it was actually a group effort).

I’m one of the writers on the project, and I also do most of the blogging, some editing, and proofreading, basically anything in the English language, like the Facebook posts, usually goes through me before it reaches the public.

3) Can you give us a brief rundown on some of your titles?   My particular baby is Earthborn, a science fiction adventure aimed at a YA audience. It’s about a colony ship on its way to another planet getting attacked by space pirates, and the kids who have to fight back the best they can. I created and wrote the series myself, and we have some amazing artists working on the illustrations.

Then we have Call me Kate, which is a dark steampunk fantasy featuring our heroine, Kate Van Helsing, adopted daughter of the famous vampire hunter. It’s set in an alternate Victorian era, mixing steampunk technology with creatures from another dimension. This one is Edward Blade’s creation, but he lets me play in his world sometimes. It’s a more mature title, with blood and flesh and lots of horror.

OrlandoOrlando is our re-imagining of three classic and ancient stories. It’s romantic fantasy in its truest form, with heroes and maidens and magic swords, the whole lot. We’ve updated the language and other stuff, but we’ve kept the flavor.

Nohalia is our flagship setting, and I probably should have mentioned it first! We have loads of words written about the setting, a full mythology, masses of creatures and heroes and all kinds of stuff. This one is true dark fantasy, a world teetering on the edge of annihilation by the demons, who are kept back only by the thinnest veil of magic.

There are more comics in the pipeline, particularly Ringsun, which is Fantasy meets Monty Python!

4) What song would you say best represents your comics and why?   Oh, this is a tricky one. Maybe something by Evanescence, dark and brooding and very gothic. Something with a deeper meaning, which makes you think, and possibly with a more upbeat ending. Do you know that one?

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?   I’d say Stan Lee, as he’d be perfect. He’s a great ambassador for all things comic related, and a fine public speaker as well as having a friendly personality. I'm sure if Stan Lee recommends a comic people would certainly pay attention!

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour?   I’ve learnt I’m more resilient than I thought I was, both mentally and emotionally, and I’ve learnt I need to celebrate the small victories. We’re obviously aiming for something wonderful, (watch out, Marvel!) but it’s going to take a lot of effort and a certain amount of luck, so every success, even the smallest ones, I should take the time to enjoy.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   I know people will dispute this, but my balanced brain has helped a great deal. You probably know the brain has two halves, one for logical thoughts and one for more abstract thinking. Most people use one side more than the other, depending on what they’re doing, but it’s important to try to use both, just like Albert Einstein did. In other words, use your imagination when doing logical activities, and use your logical half when creating. You know when you see something in a film and think, ‘that’s not possible?'; that’s usually when the director is only using half of their brain. I shout at the television during these moments, much to my wife’s annoyance! Sadly, they seem to be on the increase.

8) If ‘Fireclaw ’ had a motto, what would it be?   Something like, 'We make what we like.' We're all big genre fans, so we're really producing comics we like to read ourselves. I'm a huge fan of robots, big spaceships, and A.I.s, as you can probably tell by reading Earthborn.

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And on that note, I'd like to thank Steve for telling us about Fireclaw UK, before directing you towards their official website, facebook, and twitter pages. Go on, have a click, as I'm sure you won't be sorry if you did. 

FIRECLAW UK - WE MAKE WHAT WE LIKE FIRECLAW UK - WE MAKE WHAT WE LIKE Reviewed by David Andrews on October 23, 2017 Rating: 5

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