I recently had the opportunity to talk to Drew McCabe of the kids-comics-focused column, “From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays” on Comic Attack. I, along with writer Terrance Griep and artist Zack Turner, was selected for a special feature focusing on the Redakai graphic novels from Viz.
Drew did a really great job coming up with questions, going far beyond the typical, “What did you bring to this project? What does it mean to you?” rigamarole, for which I was really grateful. Hell, he even dug deep and asked me questions about kaiju monsters, my past work at Marvel and my current work with WWE Games.
Enjoy the interview!
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on February 27, 2013
It’s here! After months of me pimping it online, Redakai: Invasion of the Gilfreem is now available. BuyBuybuy!
Redakai: Invasion of the Gilfreem is both my first outing in the Redakai universe, as well as the first volume in Viz’s new line of Redakai comics. I had a blast writing for a younger audience and getting to know the series’ characters. If you’re not familiar with the television series and card game on which the comics are based, it’s about three kids on a quest to obtain a magical energy source called Kairu. Like all good concepts, it sounds simple at first, but allows for a lot of variation based on characters and themes within.
My story has refugee aliens, thinly veiled environmentalist messaging and most importantly, art by Ray Anthony Height, Nate Lovett and Zack Turner, all of whom drew the ever-loving bejeezus out of this thing. Best of all, even if you hate me, my writing and everything I stand for, there’s still something to love in this volume, as the back-up story is by Mike Raicht and Dan Ciurczak.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on October 5, 2012
One of the projects I’m really excited about hitting this year is vol. 1 of Redakai. Editor Joel Enos first got in touch with me last year about adapting the hit cartoon show to comics, and brought me on to write for two volumes (so far). I really enjoyed getting a chance to try and explore what makes manga work differently than American comics, and while what we ended up with is still very much the work of a guy whose bigegst influence comes from western work, I like to think some more manga-esque elements might shine through.
So, I was delighted when Tom Pinchuk of Anime Vice asked me to talk about the perceived differences in the genres, and, just as good, the natural relationship and similarities between superhero comics, shonen fight manga and one of my other great loves, professional wrestling. Mr. Pinchuk was kind enough to indulge my rambling about face-turns, One Piece, Junko Mizuno and more, and he even asked follow-up questions, so you should go check out how patient he is now, with this interview over at Anime Vice.
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on May 22, 2012
I can finally talk about how I conquered the Kairu!
Late last year the awesome Joel Enos got in touch with me about a new line of comics/manga/graphic-novels he was starting up at Viz, one of the largest and most notable American publishers of translated Japanese manga (they do Naruto, One Piece, House of Five Leaves and most of the other manga you might have heard of). He was in the process of getting things together for a new series based on the hit cartoon Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, and he wanted me to pitch!
Joel picked up what I was putting down, and before I knew it, I was writing the main stories for not one, but two of the upcoming volumes of Redakai: Conquer the Kairu. I’ve been working on them for months, so I’m super-relieved to finally be able to talk about them in public, seeing as the new series was just announced today. And most exciting of all is that my first story, called “Invasion of the Gilfreem” is going to be in the very first volume, which comes out in October of this year.
I had a blast writing this series and learning more about the Redakai universe. For those not familiar, it’s similar to Yu-Gi-Oh in that there’s a tie-in collectible card game. Kind of like Magic: The Gathering for kids, with lots of monsters, sound effects and explosions – so right up my alley basically. My story in this first volume is about 70 pages, and tells the story of a mysterious alien race called the Gilfreem, who come to Earth in search of Kairu. Naturally, there’s quite a bit of fighting, and I had an absolute blast writing it.
Even if you hate me and everything I stand for though, you should still pick up the first volume of Redakai come October, as you can just ignore the words and stare slack-jawed at the pretty, pretty art by the fine folks at Write Height Media (including my Gear Monkey partner-in-crime Nate Lovett!) and Zack Turner. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! This first volume also features a story by my super-talented fellow former Marvel editor Mike Raicht (of Stuff of Legend fame!), with art by Dan Ciurczak! Exclamation point!
It’s kid-friendly, has beaucoup aliens and monsters, and is based on a popular television show, so you know you’re going to buy this thing. May as well go preorder it now on Amazon, right?
Posted by Aubrey Sitterson on March 22, 2012