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Script by Drew Edwards. (link)
Pencils by David Baldeon. (link)
Inks by Scott DM Simmons. (link)
Colors by Marc Lewis. (link)
Letters/Art Direction by Brian J. Crowley. (link)
Edits by Russell Hillman (link)
Not a Secret Crisis! Not a Final Invasion! On October 15th, it's Cassie Hack versus Solomon Hitch in the brawl to end it all! Get ready for Hackoween!
Tim Seeley's Spike TV Scream Award nominated Hack/Slash is teaming up with the cult favourite web comic Halloween Man for a special Halloween crossover!
See! Cassie and Vlad's rampage through Solar City!
Tremble! As alien sex gods rip the universe in half!
Buy! Into our shameless hyperbole!
And it's all for free! The only cost will be your immortal soul!
Source: ScottDMSimmons Blog
October 15th sees two creator-owned properties crossing over with Halloween Man and Hack/Slash getting together for some spooky little fun. The best part is readers can read the crossover for free on the Halloween Man website at www.halloweenman.com. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Drew Edwards, writer and creator of the web comic Halloween Man, and artist David Baldeon. I even had the chance to toss a few questions to Tim Seeley, the creator of Hack/Slash, as well as David Baldeon, the artist of the series.
When not penning the adventures of Halloween Man, Drew can be found at Cheesecake and Crime, a mystery book store and bakery in Henderson, Nevada. There he runs the graphic novel section, teaches a class on writing comics, and chairs several events like the film and book discussion group, Monsterpiece Theater. He'll also be hosting the 24-hour comic event at the store.
Tim Seeley is best known as the writer/artist/creator of Hack/Slash. He has illustrated a variety of comics, including Loaded Bible,Kore, G.I. Joe, G.I. vs. Transformers, and Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy. He also has some work from Marvel coming soon.
Spanish born artist, David Baldeon, is rather new to the American comics scene, though some readers may recognize his name from recent fill-in issues of Blue Beetle and Robin.
Shawn Aldridge: Drew, can you give readers who may not be familiar with Halloween Man a quick description of the character/series?
Drew Edwards: Halloween Man is the story of a goodhearted but flesh eating ghoul who inhabits a retro-futuristic Texas city. Solar City has everything you'd except from flying cars to robots to time travel. But it also has an increasingly large problem with vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. So our hero hunts them down and does the monster mash.
It's also a love story. As the thrust of the whole comic comes from his relationship with glamorous super-scientist Lucy Chaplin, the beauty to Solomon's beast, because our relationships with our loved ones is the only thing that keeps us from being monsters at the end of the day.
SA: What's the history of the web comic itself? How did it come about? Was it your first idea/attempt?
DE: It wasn't the first time I dabbled in comics. But it was my first serious attempt. I was 18 years old and didn't know any better. (Now I'm 30 and don't know any better.) It was total "garage band" style comics. One of the things I love about the Halloween Man site (http://www.halloweenman.com/) is you can see those early, rough efforts along side more polished stuff. So you can see the progression. There's something awesome about that. It's proudly DIY.
SA: I love that term--"garage band" style comic. So, what were some of your inspirations for the concept?
DE: It is cocktail of silver age comics, cult horror movies, and punk rock. Basically I noticed this pattern is many a classic horror movie in which the monster wanted the girl but she ended up with some jock at the end of the film. I mean look at King Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon...it happens over and over again. I wanted the monster to get the girl for a change.
SA: How did the crossover with Hack/Slash develop? Are you friends with Tim Seeley?
DE: We have a mutual friend in Brian Crowley. It was his idea. He got the two of us talking, so it sort of grew out of that. Tim and I have a lot in common. I certainly admire what he's done with both Hack/Slash and Loaded Bible.
What does the crossover revolve around?
It's a battle of archetypes. The final girl vs. the thing that should not be.
But a long the way we lampoon Marvel Zombies, Hellboy, the various DC Crisis mini-series, and hentai. Nothing is safe. There's a lot of silliness offered up, but it's made for a good gumbo.
SA: Can readers expect the standard "fight first, friends later" plot point?
DE: Of course you can! Sure it's a massive cliché, but half the reason of doing crossovers is so we can see our favorite characters beat the snot out of each other.
I actually did a draft of the script that didn't have anything like that simply because I was trying to avoid the cliché, but it felt kind of flat. It lacked zip. So I went back and put it in. And it's more entertaining for it.
Now the fun part is that Halloween Man is a lot more powerful than the slashers that Cassie and Vlad normally fight. So they have to be quick on their feet and use their environment Jack Chan style. So you get one hell of a slobber-knocker out of it.
SA: How do you juggle two characters owned by two separate creators in a single crossover? Did you guys split the script chores? Or was it a more immediate back and forth, a straight team effort?
DE: Tim gave me a Hack/Slash series bible and a list of things Cassie and Vlad cannot do. But other than the stray note here and there he was pretty hands-off. At the time I think I was the first person other than him to write the characters. So it was really intimidating. I'm just honored and flattered that he'd let me play with his toys.
SA: Tim, did the idea of someone else writing your characters make you nervous at first?
Tim Seeley: Definitely. But, Drew and I come from similar backgrounds, writing wise and fandom wise, so I knew he'd get the basics and references.
SA: Drew mentioned you gave him a series bible. When handing the characters off to someone else, what's the main points you tell them to insure your characters remain consistent?
TS: Don't let anybody have sex with Cassie, and don't make Vlad talk like Ben Grimm. For some reason those are always things that people want to mess up. Drew didn't though. :)
SA: Definitely reasonable demands. Beyond that, did you ask to see previous work? The script first?
TS: I'd read Halloween Man. And I did make him let me read the script. Drew was good about sending me the art and such as well. It all turned out well, and it's a fun little lighthearted adventure/horror story.
SA: Who handled the art for the crossover? Was it split up?
TS: We used the ultra talented David Baldeon. He's a superstar waiting to happen this guy. I had worked with him several times before. Everyone knew he was the right guy for the job.
SA: Seems like the perfect segue to ask David a few questions. So, David, how did you meet Drew? He mentioned you had done some work together before the crossover.
David Baldeon: I met Drew through the Millarworld forums, a great place to meet talented people and just have some fun! I penciled a 12 page story for him, and had the chance to add my view of the character's origin a few months ago. After those, Drew offered me the possibility of tackling the Hack/Slash-Halloween Man crossover, and here we are...
SA: Since the crossover involves two different sets of creator owned characters, did you feel it necessary for you to met the approval of both creators?
DB: I certainly did, but Drew and his crew did a fantastic work coordinating and leaving me only with penciling tasks and completely free of worries. Both the script and specifications were very precise, so I just had to follow them and have fun! Which I did! Halloween Man I already knew, but Cass and Vlad were a wonderful surprise.
SA: So, do you approach doing the art differently for Halloween Man, it being a web based comic, than you do a print comic?
DB: Not really. I'm really interested in the work of Scott McCloud and other authors on how to adapt comics to web and make the most of the format and the screen. But when investigation and experimentation of that kind is left aside, I'd say that the print comic storytelling nowadays (four, five panels in each page) adapts quite well to the net in terms of legibillity and visibility. So yes, I had a particular care in thinking of the scanned page as closer to the final product, but once you keep that in mind, the actual pencilling is identical.
SA: What's next for Halloween Man and Hack/Slash after the crossover and for you as creators?
DE: Well, we're going to take some time off from the web comic after the crossover. We've put so much into that, a lot of stuff has taken back seat. But it's going to come back, bigger, badder, and deader than ever.
In the mean time I'm going to start doing some cult and horror movie reviews on the site. Plus, I'll be restarting my old "Digging My Own Grave" column via the site.
There's also some possible print projects for Solly and co. down the pipe line. But more on that when the time is right.
DB: My immediate plans are to complete the art part of a project I scripted myself, a History-based tale with Celtic warriors and Roman legions, but (if I got it right) with a very powerful message to it, I think. We already have a Spanish publisher for it, and I'd like to get it printed in the US and a larger European market. After that, the idea is very much continue working as I have so far, being able to combine the work for the Big Ones, fun interesting projects like this crossover and hopefully get a shot to do my own stuff from time to time.
TS: I have two books a month coming out from Marvel from November through January: Weapon X: First Class and New Exiles, and of course a monthly dose of Hack and Slash action.
Once again, the Halloween Man-Hack/Slash crossover begins October 15th at www.halloweenman.com. Until then, go read the past adventures of Halloween Man. As the site says it's, "more fun than a barrel of mummies." Hack/Slash isn't a bad read either.
Halloween Man is in for a treat when he gets to team up with Cassie Hack for some holiday fun as only monster hunters could have! The adventure, penned by Halloween Man creator Drew Edwards, is something he describes as "The Final Girl vs. the Thing that Should Not Be. Both Cassie and Halloween Man represent certain things within horror lore, so I played on that." Edwards gave us a horror history lesson about his terrorific creation.
THE PULSE: I hear "Halloween Man" and for some reason I think of a guy who lives in that cool Disney place Halloween Town. But you're man isn't a cute, cuddly archetype, right? Just who is the frightening Halloween Man?
DREW EDWARDS: Halloween Man is a sensitive young man who is at heart ... a romantic. He also happens to be a flesh eating ghoul with the power of the horror movie sequel. On Halloween night he was murdered by a vampire, only to be shocked back to life by the full power of a monster movie marathon. Now he mashes monsters, so other folks won't end up like him.
THE PULSE: That's crazy! How'd you come up with an idea like that?
EDWARDS: Well, I was 18 and didn't know any better. Now I'm 30 and still don't know any better. Basically it came from a childhood wasted watching monster movies. And one thing I kept noticing in the classic monster films is that the monster always wanted the girl but never got her in the end. So I decided to make the monster the hero, so he could finally get the girl. It's Beauty and the Beast, only this time the Beast doesn't turn into that lame looking prince in the end.
THE PULSE: Who's his "Beauty"?
EDWARDS: The Beauty to Halloween Man's beast is Dr. Lucy Chaplin -- a mad scientist with brains to back up her looks. Basically, picture Reed Richards in Marilyn Monroe's body. She's gentle, kind, and has great aim with a laser pistol.
THE PULSE: It really sounds like you took all the elements of horror and sci-fi and spoofed them up nicely! So how did Halloween Man come to team with Tim Seeley's monster masher, Cassie Hack?
EDWARDS: We have a mutual friend in Mr. Brian Crowley, a very talented art director and letterer. He got Tim and I talking via email. We have a lot in common and hit it off. It was kind of brought up as a goof and grew out of that.
My buzz phrase for this is that it's the battle of archetypes. The Final Girl vs. the Thing that Should Not Be. Both Cassie and Halloween Man represent certain things within horror lore, so I played on that. Something evil needs to escape and their battle plays into its escape plan. The comic itself is going to be released as a free web comic on my site on October 15th. Which I figure in this economy is a good deal.
Along the way we spoof Marvel Zombies, Hellboy, the various DC Crisis minis, and even Hentai. Nothing is safe. There's flesh eating monsters, slimy tentacle monsters, good girls, bad girls, and even a cameo by a talking goat. Again ... all for FREE!
THE PULSE: How was this project divided up between yourself and Tim? Did one of you write it and one of you draw it or was it all a collaborative effort?
EDWARDS: Tim gave us a fairly free hand. He give me a Hack/Slash series Bible and some notes on the second to last draft. Other than making sure I treated his characters respectfully, he pretty much let us go nuts. I was actually kind of scared by how much freedom I had. Not a bad fear to have.
THE PULSE: You're spoofing just about everything in comics now, which seems natural for a character like Halloween Man. What inspired you the most as you worked on this?
EDWARDS: Basically just a sense of fun. With the Halloween Man scripts I've written lately, I've gone in a more serious direction. This was more like a polished up version of the stuff I did when I was in my early '20s. It's big, loud, and goofy. Just like something like this should be. You're never going to reinvent the wheel with a crossover. It's not going to be Watchmen. So just sit back and have fun with it. This is like is Mel Brooks and Michael Bay teamed up to make a splatter movie.
THE PULSE: How often will the story be updated? Will the whole shebang be online October 15 or will is be in parts?
EDWARDS: Two parts. The whole first half with be online on October 15th. The second half with be up doing the later half of November.
THE PULSE: Who decided on October 15th? I mean, this seems like a really cool Halloween tale, why not make it live the 31st?
EDWARDS: I did. We wanted to give everyone an early Halloween treat and then give them the rest of the month to enjoy it. I don't know about you, but I pretty much celebrate Halloween all month.
The art team is amazing on this sucker. Pencils by David Baldeon, who has done fill-in work for Blue Beetle and Robin. Inks by Scott "Wannabez" Simmons. And mighty Marc Lewis is doing the colors. It's the best looking thing I've ever done...hands down! And I've worked with some really talented folks in the past. So that's setting the bar very high.
THE PULSE: Since Halloween is obviously big for you, what ranks among your top seven Halloween films of all time?
EDWARDS: In no certain order: Monster House, Halloween(original version), Bride of Frankenstein, Monster Squad, Dawn of the Dead (original version), Nightmare before Christmas and Freddy vs. Jason.
THE PULSE: It's a nice mix of comical horror and straight out spine tingling horror! Have you always been a fan of this genre? What's the first horror movie that moved you?
EDWARDS: Always. One of my earliest memories is watching THEM with my dad. I started with the old B&Ws and moved on from there. When other kids where pretending to be Superman and GI: Joe I was pretending to be Wolfman or Jason Voorhees. Monsters were heroes growing up. Even my favorite superheroes are guys like the Thing or Metamorpho ... because they're monsters.
THE PULSE: What did your family think about all this?
EDWARDS: Well, I think my parents thought they had given birth to Eddie Munster or something. They probably still do. I have a coffin in my house and I got married on Halloween. I take this stuff probably a little too seriously. But I always have a good time. If you're going to be passionate about something, go all the way.
THE PULSE: Weirdo! [grins] What's next for Halloween Man after this crossover? What's coming up for the monster hunter?
EDWARDS: The leap from web comic to print comic -- but more on that when the time is right. Other than that, he's going to take a brief vacation. We all put so much into the crossover that everything else kind of took back seat for a while. So no we're going back to finish up all that other stuff. In the mean time I'm going to be adding a section on my site for cult and horror movie reviews, so it's not like there is going to be zero activity.
THE PULSE: What else are you working on?
EDWARDS: Well my wife keeps picking on me to write a book on the horror movie history. So one of these afternoons I'll finally get around to do doing that. My day job keeps really busy these days. I run the graphic novel section at a mystery book store out here in Vegas. I'm hosting their 24 hour comic day event on October 18th.
The store is called Cheesecake and Crime and I believe we're the only location in Nevada taking part. So anyone crazy enough to stay up for 24 hours straight should head on down.
Source: The Pulse
Announced earlier in the week, the team of Hack/Slash is going to have a crossover with the web comic sensation, Halloween Man.
We spoke with Halloween Man creator, Drew Edwards about the project.
The Big Bad Wolf: For those who have not read this web comic, can you give a synopsis of Halloween Man?
Drew Edwards: Halloween Man is the story of a goodhearted but flesh eating ghoul who inhabits a retro-futuristic Texas city. Solar City is filled with superheroes, robots, and all manner of sci/fi stuff. But it also has an increasingly large problem with ghouls and goblins. So our hero hunts them down and mashes monsters into paste.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?
Drew Edwards: The central figure is Solomon Hitch, the titular Halloween Man. He's sensitive young man who as at heart a romantic. He's also a cannibalistic monster. Is he a hero or a monster? Noone is quite sure and the people living in Solar City are scared to death of him. Possibly with good reason.
Dr. Lucy Chaplin is the female lead. Basically picture Reed Richard's brain in Marilyn Monroe's body. She is the brainy beauty to Solomon's beast. (Halloween Man is above all...a love story.) She is what inspires Solomon to heroics and keeps him grounded in humanity. The fact that she is also one of the smartest people in the world doesn't hurt.
Rounding out the cast is a gang of weirdos and misfits. Including a foul mouthed wizard, a talking goat, and *gasp* a normal human.
The Big Bad Wolf: What are Halloween Man's powers?
Drew Edwards: Halloween Man is infused with the full fury of a monster movie marathon. This gives a number of strange abilities. Chiefly, is the "power of the horror sequel." Which basically means...slice him...dice him...blow him into a million pieces...he'll bounce back!
The Big Bad Wolf: What are your thoughts on having your character Halloween Man, meet up with Hack/Slash?
I feel like a lucky duck! This is always the kind of thing I've wanted to do with the character. And Cassie & Vlad are cool guest stars to have in my opinion.
However, writing it was actually kind of scary. At the time I was the first person besides Tim Seeley to write Cassie & Vlad. I took extra care to make sure that I got the "voices" right because he entrusted them to me.
The Big Bad Wolf: How did you hook up with Tim Seeley to do this crossover?
Drew Edwards: Well, we have a mutual friend in Brian Crowley. Brian is the art director on Hackoween and he's also an amazingly talented letterer. He got Tim and I talking over email. The whole grew out of that.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you guys reveal any of the storyline at this time?
Drew Edwards: It's all about archtypical concepts fighting each other. The Thing that should Not be vs. the Final Girl. Something evil needs to be released and this is it's escape plan!
The Big Bad Wolf: Will we see blood and guts in this tale?
Drew Edwards: Oh my yes! And slime. And tenticles! And FLESH eating!!! At one point Halloween Man is burnt to a crisp too! It's probably the grossest Halloween Man story we've done. David is really good at drawing gore.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is this comic going to be released on the site?
Drew Edwards: October 15th! And it's FREE! In this economy, how can you beat that?!
The Big Bad Wolf: Who's the creative team on the comic?
Drew Edwards: Myself of course. But we also have these suspects.
David Baldeón (Penciler)
Scott DM Simmons (Inker)
Marc Lewis (Colorist)
Brian Crowley (Letterer and Art Director)
Russell Hillman (Editor)
These guys are all superstars. The comics industry just doesn't know it yet.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Halloween Man?
Drew Edwards: There is no better place than the Halloween Man website. Which is halloweenman.com!
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about the Halloween Man Hack/Slash crossover?
Drew Edwards: For people that have been reading Halloween Man, thanks for sticking with us all these years. To Hack/Slash fans...I hope you stick around after the crossover and follow Solomon's new adventures. We have some kick ass stuff coming down the pipeline. Including another guest star you might not expect to see.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Drew. Good luck with Halloween Man!