Creating A New Superhero Icon
Tripwire’s consulting editor Scott Braden is also a comic writer and creator and we just spoke to him about the new zero issue of his and artist/ co-creator Mike Marlbrough’s Kent Menace, out from American Mythology Productions this May…
TRIPWIRE: What was the genesis of Kent Menace?
SCOTT BRADEN: I had just finished writing a Battlestar Galactica story for Realm Press that this young artist Mike Malbrough had drawn, and I was asked if I had a creator-owned property to contribute to what would have been the publisher’s anthology title, Realm Press Presents. I then dreamed up a series with pirates and pulp sensibilities. I discussed my idea of Kent Menace (named after Clark Kent, kids . . .) to J.C. Vaughn, who I believe discussed it with publisher Mark L. Haynes and editor/writer Jim Kuhoric. Those are the seeds of Kent’s four-color beginnings, and they have stayed with me since way back in the Year of our Lord 1999.
TW: How did you get together with artist Mike Malbrough?
SCOTT BRADEN: Mike and I were assigned together on my Galactica story, “Favorite Son,” and it was J.C. Vaughn who suggested that this same talented young artist design Kent Menace. Decades later, we’re finally enjoying the fruit of our creation.
TW: What is it about his work that suits KM?
SB: Besides his amazing style and incredible talent, Mike draws everything that I ask in my script and more. Whether it is a cover or a sequential page, Mike gives his all – and it shows!
TW: Can you describe Kent Menace in one sentence?
SB: Aquaman on acid.
TW: What were the biggest influences on the series for you as a writer?
SB: Grant Morrison’s acclaimed Animal Man series, Neil Gaiman’s early Sandman comics, and Philip Jose Farmer’s legendary “Wold Newton” stories.
TW: How closely have you collaborated with Malbrough?
SB: A perfect example of Mike and I working on Kent Menace, and how working with him further expands our weird hero’s mythos, is that it not only has Mike create a world that jumps off the page and into our readers’ imaginations, but he also fills in the gaps with his own ever-expanding creativity. For example, in my writer’s direction on the bottom panel of the front preview’s third page, I only told Mike to draw KENT with other heroes of his making. In turn, he created Boss Monkey – which I named (aren’t I clever) – as well as two other heroes that readers will learn more about in the near future. Mike is that good – and he makes our comic book world come to vivid life!
TW: The extended zero issue is coming out from American Mythology in May. What does it include that the original short run zero one shot that you did yourself didn’t?
SB: Three new stories – one sequential by Mike and me, and two prose stories by writers Marty Grosser and Meggan Groves Robinson. Look for these prose stories to be illustrated by superstars Mark Wheatley, Dillon Samuelson, and Grosser himself — with help by inker-extraordinaire Juan Castro and color artist John Charles. Plus new Kent Menace gallery art by comic book veteran Alan Weiss, Eraklis Petzmas, and Jeff Dillon, among others.
TW: What do you hope publication through American Mythology will do for yourself, for Mike and the character?
SB: We have the strength of AMP’s marketing and publishing capabilities to expand our readership substantially.
TW: What other KM adventures can we expect in the future?
SB: As far as our supernatural sailor goes, the End Times bring about final combat and the promise of a new world. With that, KENT must decide whether he has what it takes to put an end to an evil so great that even the Devil himself has joined the fight against it. Does our weird hero have the courage to make the greatest sacrifice of all?
TW: Are there plans for a full Kent Menace comic series at any point?
SB: Right now, we are only considering more Kent Menace in specials and the like. But, I promise they will be a lot of fun!
Kent Menace Zero is available to order now published by American Mythology Productions through Diamond Comic Distributors item code MAR211049 retailing at $3.99
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