Interview by Sheena C. Howard with Lawrence Goodman (Writer of Gray Cells)
Can you tell us what Gray Cells is about and how many issues you’ve published so far?
Journalist Lina Santos has to delve into her city’s seedy underbelly to find out what happened to this kidnapped boy while battling against apathy and corruption. It’s a supernatural/ neo-noir, like True Detective but where the Yellow King really has some supernatural powers.
We’ve inked and lettered five of the six issues so far and part one is available for free at inked-dreams.com/gray-cells-graphic-novel . Once we have last few pages complete, we’ll be kicking off the Kickstarter so that people won’t have to wait long for full story.
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What is your long-term vision for the Gray Cells series?
This story is a complete one, with an ending that wraps things up but there’s room to grow the world we’ve created and the characters in it. We’re already planning a follow-up and want to do the same thing – tell a complete story each time that will hopefully leave people entertained and satisfied.
What is the inspiration behind the storyline?
It’s based in part on the Atlanta Child Murders in the 70s, with the reluctance of the authorities to take things seriously at first and the implications that there was something bigger going on just beneath the surface.
I also tried to think back to the things that really frightened me. Losing control of your mind and senses, not knowing who you can trust, and I tried to create a villain who embodied that.
What has been your biggest challenge with producing this series so far? What advice would you have for someone who is just getting started in indie comics production?
It’s been remarkably smooth. Everyone who has worked on the book are stellar professionals so not much challenge-wise. I think we’ve been incredibly lucky. The hard part is what we need to do now and get it in front of people. The marketing is a whole other job that seems as big if not bigger than making the book was.
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