After giving Genesis, the new one shot comic from Image, five out of five we thought we would catch up with the creative team of writer Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson ) and artist Alison Sampson (@itsthatlady) to find out a little more about the project.
GENESIS, a new graphic novella from Image Comics by Nathan Edmondson (WHO IS JAKE ELLIS, The Punisher, Black Widow) and new comic book artist Alison Sampson (OUTLAW TERRITORY), pairs sweeping visuals with poignant writing in a story that cannot be missed.
GENESIS is a trippy journey of creation and destruction as one man finds himself with the ability to manifest anything by thinking it—only to learn that with seemingly unlimited power comes unstoppable terror.
GS: For those who don’t know about it, what’s the general story for Genesis?
Nathan: A preacher wants to change the world, and at the height of his despair he’s given the opportunity to do just that—but also just as easily to destroy it.
GS: One shots seem to be a pretty rare thing in modern comics. What made this the proper way to approach telling the story of Genesis?
Nathan: Some ideas are just conceived that way; with this story I saw the grand story laid out in short form and it wouldn’t have felt right to explore it any other way. Comics is one the few places left where you can still explore ideas like that; no one publishes short stories anymore for the most part in the prose world and it’s rare to see a show like THE TWILIGHT ZONE or a miniseries of standalone stories. Not that GENESIS would have fit into either of those, it’s something that should be done and left like that apart from anything else.
GS: Alison, you’re an architect in your non-comics time. Does that influence how you approach your art in any way?
Alison: Totally..in many ways, from how lines are drawn, to how pages are laid out, to what I can bring to the design. I’ve got views on how space is inhabited, and that does not correlate strictly with how people read a book. So I’m drawing something which hopefully is about working with the reader and describing a world in the story. We also have a tradition of not using influences, but rather, building up our projects based on what our client wants and what is technically possible, which, followed through in comics, means a couture project every time.
GS: Nathan, Genesis is a bit of a departure from the thrillers that you tend to write. Where did the inspiration for the story come from?
Nathan: Fantastic sci-fi is where I started in comics with OLYMPUS and I like exploring all sorts of genres.
GS: Obviously, you hope the reaction to Genesis is positive, but what are you wanting readers to get from the book when it’s released in April?
Nathan: I want a one shot to take them on a long head trip, and I hope readers study the book as closely as they should, looking at every detail in the art.
Alison: I’d like people to be picked up and carried along by the story, and to enjoy where it takes them. This is not a monthly comic, and I didn’t want it to look, or feel, like one. The intention is that people can spend a bit of time with our work.
GS: Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Nathan: This book probably most directly correlates to my work on GENESIS and THE DREAM MERCHANT as far as genre-type, but I think fans of BLACK WIDOW, THE PUNISHER, and THE ACTIVITY will enjoy it just the same. I invite everyone to try it—and if not for the story than because you really need to see Alison Sampson and Jason Wordie’s art. It’s worth the price for that reason alone.
Alison: As with any of his other books, Nathan has written an exciting, surprising and interesting story here, and we have ended up with something unique. I don’t know how long our book will be available for in print, but it is best experienced as a landscape. I’d urge readers to pre-order, and get it while you can.
You can pre-order Genesis from your local comic shop, with Diamond code: FEB140504, or get it digitally from https://www.imagecomics.com/store/comics
Big thanks to Alison and Nathan for taking the time to talk to GS.
Interviewer: Leo Johnson