This week, I interviewed my boss, and perennial success story, Luke Herr, about his ongoing Kickstarter project. Hit the jump to see more.
N:So, Luke, I understand you write comics. If comics were a vegetable, would you eat them?
LH: Not really – they’d be like $15 a pound if you are lucky.
N: Right, right. That just doesn’t make any sort of monetary success. So, you’ve got a Kickstarter going on right now-What’s that like? Have your kicks been sufficiently started?
LH: While we have gained enough money to print out ERAS: Parrish, James and I have two more levels that we want to reach.
N: I see. And what can loyal followers of the Church of Luke and James do to support you in this endeavor?
LH: We have a Kickstarter that you can just buy the comic from and we have a few donation levels so buy it and tell your friends.
N: If we don’t have friends, who is the next social level we should tell about your book?
LH: You can put it on your Facebook, Twitter, Omegle or other digital social network.
N: Great! I hear the internet is really catching on with the youth. What’s your book about, by the way?
LH: ERAS: Parrish is a reinvention/reimagining of Ted Parrish, the Man of 1000 Faces.
N: How did you go about re-imagining Ted Parrish? How long ago was he created, and what made you latch onto him for this story?
LH: Ted Parrish was this Golden Age superhero created by Bob Powell. In the comics, Parrish was an actor who’d dress up like various evil ethnicities and enemies of freedom. I kind of wanted to find some alternate way of thinking about this character and giving him actual pathos and characterization.
N: Without the racism, right?
N: Would you say that racism is the biggest reason for the decline of the comic book medium in the modern era?
LH: No. I think the problems are a mix of single lane distribution and a disconnect between the editorial and creative teams.
N: Racist editorial?
LH: I don’t want to say racism isn’t an issue in modern comics but most editors aren’t racist or at least actively racist.
N: What does James bring to your collaboration?
LH: James is a fantastic artist who brings really expressive art that is perfect for the comic. Also, all the single ladies.
N: If you had to compare your collaboration to one fictional team, who would you say you most resemble?
LH: Heroes For Hire
N: Who is whom?
LH: I am Hercules and James is Moon Knight
N: You’ve got two stretch goals left. What will you do if these are achieved as well? What more will you do for the entertainment of your audience?
LH: The next goal is $300 and if we reach that, every signed issue of the comic will be printed in color. If we get $350 we will post the comic online for free.
N: And if you reach 400?
LH: If we reach $400 I’ll have a big surprise.
N: Will you buy cake for all the donators?
LH: I don’t think I’d have the ability to give cake to everyone.
N: Just your favorites?
LH: I want to go to FablesCon so if any donators are there I will give them cake.
N: You heard it here first, folks. Will you and James be collaborating on anything else after Ted Parrish?
LH: The next project we will be working on is called Prison Spaceship.
N: Can you give us a teaser phrase for that?
LH: Prison Spaceship: The Only Way To Break Out, Is To Take It Over.
N: Excellent! Very close to the best teaser phrase for anything ever.
LH: It is hard to say. The next convention I want to go to is FablesCon but it all depends on life falling into place.
N: Alright, and as an official purveyor of a successful Kickstarter, any words of advice for people who want to make a good one?
LH: Have a product worth buying that you’d pour your own money into if you needed.
N: Great. And where can people find you on the Interior Net?
LH: I am the editor in chief of Nerdcenaries, I am on Twitter as Koltreg and I have a tumblr as well.