Crashing - CoverIn September, 2022, IDW Publishing will be releasing the first part of a five-part monthly comic book miniseries that focuses on the trials and tribulations of a doctor who's also a recovering addict. The miniseries is called, 'Crashing', and it's the third title in IDW's new 'Originals' range of projects. It's been written by Matthew Klein, illustrated by Morgan Beem, and colored by Triona Farrell. Want to know more? Then please check out the following Q and A with its writer, Matthew Klein. Enjoy.

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1) Name three words that best describe who you are.   I'd say, stubborn, avoidant, and lucky.

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2) What inspired you to create, 'Crashing'?   The germ of an idea came to me when I saw all of those videos and testimonials being posted by doctors and nurses during the pandemic. Every day, I saw daily communications sent from heroes on the frontline who were in a war they were overwhelmed by. Heck, some of them endured so much trauma they were having panic attacks outside their respective hospitals! But somehow, they still managed to find a way to move forward and report for a twelve-hour shift.

To me, the idea of someone whose superpower is to save people, but with a scalpel instead of a healing ray, was super appealing, especially if they're caught between two different sides of a conflict and begin to break down.

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3) In your own words, how would you describe this story?   'Crashing' tells the tale of a recovering addict, named Rose, who relapses while trying to save the lives of Boston's greatest hero and its most dangerous supervillain. Eventually, this results in the crumbling of every aspect of her life, and now she must learn how to do the one thing she's never mastered: save herself.

4) What song would you say best represents this comic book miniseries and why?   To answer this question, I'd like to select the Bee Gees song, 'Stayin' Alive', because in a nutshell, it's pretty much the conflict of the entire story.

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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?   I want to say Betty White because who wouldn't want Betty White hustling for them? But to keep in line with the subject at hand, I should probably choose Hugh Laurie, who played Gregory House in the medical drama, 'House'.

6) What have you learned about yourself through this endeavor?   I think I learned how to take direction because originally I come from the world of theatre and audio plays, so I'm fairly new to the comic book medium and needed some extra guidance, mainly, about pacing and formatting an adventure. (To my editor, Heather Antos: I want my damn gold star!) I've also learned how to be a better writer and am super reassured that I understand the basics of storytelling to make 'Crashing' into a really great miniseries.

And on that note, I would like to thank Matthew for telling us about his new comic book miniseries, 'Crashing', before encouraging you to check out the official IDW Website, Instagram, and Twitter pages. Or better yet, why not pick up a copy via Amazon!


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