A chat with the mind behind The Long Fall
The Long Fall has been created by Andrew Carron and is currently searching for backers on Kickstarter! It’s a coming of age story set in a world that has seen the apocalypse but a few people have luckily survived. Over to Andrew to tell us a bit more about his project.
First of all, how did you get into comics?
One of my earliest comic-related memories was seeing the original Superman movie on television. The Superfriends cartoon was a regular staple of my Saturday mornings. I knew these were comic characters but hadn’t yet discovered the books. Then me and some of my friends discovered that there were comic books in our school library. This was back in the days before collected trade paperbacks, so these were dirty, dog-eared floppies. I think every geeky kid in the school looked through those books at some point. So that was the beginning.
What made you want to start creating them?
Actually, I hadn’t thought about writing a comic until a few years ago. A friend had asked me to edit the script for a project he was working on. I enjoyed helping him, and thought I should give writing my own script a try. So I sat down and started writing the script for what would become my first project, Cryo-Joe. I’ve been writing for a few years now, and discovered I love the process.
What are you currently working on?
Last year I started working on a new story called The Long Fall. I partnered with artist Bella Tsoy and we just wrapped up production on the first issue of what we hope will be a six issue series.
What can people do to support your work?
We currently have a Kickstarter campaign to help with the printing costs of the first issue. We would love for people to come check it out. We have some great backer rewards. They can also check out the Facebook page for Island City Comics for more information about Con appearances and upcoming projects.
Where did the idea for The Long Fall come from?
I’m not really sure where the idea originally came from. There are a lot of dystopian future stories in pop culture right now, with stories like The Hunger Games and the Maze Runner series. I knew the story was going to be a coming of age story, and at least one of the main characters was going to be LGBTQ. The story definitely grew in the telling, and we now have scripts for six issues. This coming of age story is set in dark future, after an event called the Fall wiped out most of our civilization. The main characters of the story live in a village that has managed to hide away form the dangers of this world. But they can’t hide forever, and that’s where issue one begins.
What inspired Cryo-Joe?
Cryo-Joe was inspired by the sci-fi of the 70s and 80s I grew up with. There is plenty of Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Battlestar it’s DNA. I wanted to tell a sci-fi space opera story with the sort of fun, pulpy spirit of those shows.
What are your artistic influences and what inspires you?
As a kid, I loved superhero stories. It’s been amazing to see superheroes make such a huge resurgence in pop culture over the last decade. But as an adult, all my favorite comic stories aren’t super hero books at all. Comics are such a great medium for telling all sorts of different stories.
Do you yourself have a favorite comic or artist?
I love the Sandman series. That’s probably my all-time favorite series. It’s hard not to worship at the altar of Neil Gaiman. I love Warren Ellis, especially the Transmetropolitan series. Fables is one of my favorites. I’m always drawn to strong writing.
Who else is part of Island City Comics and how did you come to work together?
I came up with the name Island City Comics to self publish my comics. I live in Wilton Manors,Florida. (Sometimes called the Island City). It is my hope, if we are successful with issue one of the Long Fall, is to find other artists and creators who have unique, independent voices and help them to publish their work as well.
What would you suggest for people to do to break into the industry?
When I figure that out I’ll tell you. But I guess the main thing is to just keep trying. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The more you do a thing the better at it you’ll be.
Do you have anything you really want to accomplish in your career?
I think right now I’m just really focused on completing The Long Fall, and supporting diverse independent creators. It’s my hope that we can find an audience. The story goes to some very cool places, and I think people will like it.
If you want to follow up on The Long Fall, you can check it out more here!