We’ve seen lots of comics “created” by celebrities that feature their likeness as one of the lead characters, but Alan Robert’s upcoming comic Killogy puts a new spin on having well-known faces appearing in a comic.
For those who might not be familiar with him, Alan is the co-founder and bassist for metal band Life Of Agony, and he’s made a name for himself in the comics scene over the last few years as the writer and artist (!) on a pair of horror comics, 2010′s Wire Hangers and last year’s Crawl To Me. His next comic, Killogy is another horror story — but he’s taking a pretty cool angle on casting the comic’s three main characters.
The comic will feature characters “played” by “Goodfellas” actor Frank Vincent, “Heroes” actress Brea Grant, and a former drummer for The Ramones, Marky Ramone. And unlike the way Bryan Hitch used Samuel Jackson as the likeness for Nick Fury in The Ultimates, the three stars of Killogy are not only aware of Alan’s comic, but they’re promoting it like actors promote their films.
It’s a cool, unique approach to “casting” a comic, and I’m curious to see how it turns out.
Here’s an excerpt from my interview with Alan about the comic:
IFC: So, first things first — where did the idea for casting Killogy with real people come from?
Alan Robert: It started out without the likeness angle to it, and after we put the publishing deal in place with IDW Publishing, I knew I really wanted to capture a type of “Twilight Zone” feel with it. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. One of the cool things about “The Twilight Zone” was that you had all these guest stars you’re already familiar with in these new roles, and you got a feel for their characters from their previous acting jobs. You felt like you already knew the characters before the episode even started. So I was thinking about that, and when I was drawing up the characters, they ended up looking a lot like the people we ended up talking to about it. I’m not sure if it’s been done before, but I’ve never seen it done in an original comic like this, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I knew some of the people through mutual friends and we approached them — and one by one it all fell into place.
You can read the rest of the interview at IFC.com.