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Original Essays | September 9, 2013 5 comments
Editor's note: Chris Bolton is not only a former Powell's employee, he was also once the primary writer for this blog. So we are particularly proud... Continue »
J. M. DeMatteis and Mike PloogDescribe your latest project.
Here's the short version: Abadazad is a magical land that our lead character a surly, cynical fourteen year old named Kate has only known through a series of famous fantasy novels written, a century ago, by a writer named Franklin O. Davies. But when Kate suddenly finds herself journeying through the real Abadazad in search of her beloved younger brother, Matt who vanished five years earlier she discovers that the truth of Abadazad is far stranger, and more amazing, than fiction.
Abadazad began life as a comic book... and now we're launching it as a series of books. What's really fun about the project is that we've created what we think is a new, and unique, form of storytelling: a hybrid that combines elements of the traditional novel with elements of the graphic novel. We move back and forth between prose and sequential art betweens Kate's diary, Davies' books and colorful comic book sequences weaving what we hope is a magical and involving tale.
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow; a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man; his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulders of his soiled blue coat; his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails; and the sabre cut across one check, a dirty, livid white.
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What do you do for relaxation?
Mike: Walk in the forests that surround our home in Devon, England.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Mike: A cowboy, but not just any cowboy. I wanted to be like Roy Rogers, with all the fancy shirts, and ride a beautiful palomino.
Why do you write books for kids?
Tell us about your pets.
What's your favorite holiday and why?
Mike: Christmas, because I still believe in Santa Claus.