This week on Creannotators, I talked with writer Ryan O’Sullivan about Fearscape and the upcoming not-sequel A Dark Interlude!
On Comic Book Herald’s ‘Creannotators’ I’ll be interviewing some of my favorite creators in comics about specific runs, graphic novels or series, looking for their insights on the inspirations behind the work and ideas or hidden material readers may have missed. Creannotators is an audio/visual annotative guide to enjoying the intricacies and thinking in the art. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the comics!
As much as I enjoy the work, I find Fearscape difficult to summarize. The actual plot points – impossibly arrogant literary plagiarist uncovers the mystical realm of fiction’s greatest Fears – don’t really do the style and voice justice. From the book’s opening epigraph – “To open with an epigraph is to declare oneself an echo” – straight into a text-only 9 panel grid decrying the overuse of that structure in comics, and the over reliance on the lessons of Watchmen, Fearscape’s self-aware ability to undercut potential criticism is extraordinary.
The book’s main character, Henry Henry, is an aspiring novelist, who works as a translator to make ends meet, yet early on we see even in translations, Henry can’t stop from “making improvements”. He professionally takes things that aren’t his, and attempts to make them his own, leading ultimately to a direct plagiarism (and of course, never taking accountability for his own actions – his hand is always “forced”). It’s a riveting literary saga, and my conversation with Ryan O’Sullivan was a delight. I hope you’ll enjoy listening!
The Fearscape team is:
Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan
Illustrator: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Lettering: Andworld Design
Publisher: Vault Comics
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