Bobby: Both pulp and comic books, like most good writing, starts with character and story. You can have a good story with one or the other, but when you put great characters and story together magic happens.
Crafting Comics: What, if any, are the advantages of writing in comics form versus novels or vice versa?
Bobby: The major advantage with writing comic books is collaboration. A lone writer sits alone in front of a keyboard writing pulp’s purple prose all by his or her lonesome. With comics, on the other hand, the artist(s), colorists, and the letterer each adds new dimensions to the story building on the writer’s initial idea. Comic book art never looks the way I envisioned it when I wrote the script, which is a good thing. I love collaborating on comic book stories as part of a team so that’s great. With prose writing you’re pretty much flying solo, at least until an editor comes on board.
Crafting Comics: I think our audience would love to know about your comic Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell. How about a quick overview?
Bobby: Certainly. Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell is a comic book series I wrote a few years back. It is a comedy/horror series focusing on Ralph, for who our book is named. Ralph is a chaos demon who is sent to Earth to do what he does best. Everything’s going great until he falls head over heels madly in love with a human woman and suffers his first defeat. His bosses in Hell decide to give him one more chance so they send him back to Earth in the present where the great granddaughter of his beloved lives. And she looks awfully familiar. Feeling betrayed by his masters, Ralph decides to take over the world and to do that he needs an army so he begins spawning one. Hell hath no fury like a demon rabbit scorned.
Only 4 issues (12 pages each) of the series were printed, unfortunately so the end was never shown. I did publish the entire script in a book featuring several of my scripts. You can find links to both at http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com.
Crafting Comics: Your latest comic is called Yin Yang. It’s about a brother and sister, two twins, who hunt down super-powered beings. In a genre full of all types of plays on the super-powered beings, how do you come up with something that you’re happy with as your own unique spin on the subject matter?
Bobby: Good question. When it comes to super hero comic books it is very difficult to compete with the larger publishers that have cornered the market on these types of tales. Although Yin Yang features costumed super heroes the story is more science fiction based than super hero based. The creative team found a nice balance between sci fi and super hero that I think really worked for the book. It also helps that I worked with a fantastic artist, Luis Ruben Rivera Nunez. He made my story look great.
Crafting Comics: What type of story is Yin Yang beyond the superpowers?
Bobby: Yin Yang is a science fiction adventure with a lot of action. Yin and Yang have powers, but they are not super heroes running around in costumes. Yin and Yang are officers of the court, bounty hunters who work for a federal marshal and bring in super powered (I use the term “meta” in the book) villains. There’s a few surprises in the story that I won’t spoil here, but there’s a lot going on in this story.
Crafting Comics: What made you first take interest in the comics medium as a writer?
Bobby: My dream was to become a comic book artist. I started writing stories so I would have something to draw. As I went along my artist friends started asking me to write stories for them. With a slight nudge from a friend I realized that I had more of a talent for writing than art and instead of splitting my focus between them I began focusing on the writing and then writing jobs started to come my way. I still doodle from time to time, but I never looked back.
Crafting Comics: How long does it take you to write a comic script?
Bobby: It depends on the length of my deadline. (laughs) In all seriousness, deadlines are great motivators. Without deadlines it varies. I’ve knocked out scripts in a week or less before and then there are other times it takes a couple weeks. Sometimes the story flows better than others.
Crafting Comics: What would you say is the most difficult comic you’ve ever written?
Bobby: That’s a tough one. I wouldn’t say any of the stories I’ve written have been difficult. The first story arc I wrote for Demonslayer was a challenge because I was just getting to know this preexisting character. Took me a couple of issues to find a happy place with her voice, but it wasn’t really difficult to write.
Crafting Comics: Bobby, thanks for the great information. I think our readers will really get a lot out of this and it’s obvious how much fun you have with the medium. Even though it’s a job we can tell that it’s one you love. What sage advice would you give people who are just starting out in creating comics?
Bobby: If you want to work in comics as a job (or any creative endeavor) you have to treat it like a job. Unfortunately, sometimes that means you have to work when you’d rather be doing anything else. Deadlines are important. If you tell an editor or publisher you’ll have something done by a certain date make sure you hit that date. I love my job, but I always remember that it is a job, not just a hobby.
About Bobby Nash:
From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, Bobby Nash writes. He is the writer of comic books and graphic novels including Life In The Faster Lane, Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell, Demonslayer, Fantastix, Yin Yang, I Am Googol: The Great Invasion, and Lance Star: Sky Ranger, among others. He is also the author of novels and short stories like Evil Ways, Fantastix, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, Domino Lady, Sentinels: Alternate Visions, Full Throttle Space Tales: Space Sirens, A Fistful Of Legends, the upcoming Green Hornet Casefiles, Ravenwood: Stepson of Mystery, Aym Geronimo And The Postmodern Pioneers: Tall Tales, and Secret Agent X among others. For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com, http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/bobbyenash, www.twitter.com/bobbynash, and www.lance-star.com, among other places across the web.