This week on Creannotators, I talked with writer Steve Orlando about his upcoming MMA graphic novel Kill A Man, as well as his comics career and what comes next for Wonder Woman and creator-owned work.
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!
Kill a Man, a new 2020 graphic novel out from Aftershock comics, is the story of an MMA fighter on the road to a championship belt when he’s outed by a competitor during a press conference – ultimately, this leads the fighter to turn to the former fighter who killed his father in the ring, a queer black man himself, for help on his road to return and conquer the sport.
As Steve said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter:
“We want to give the Rocky-type narrative to the LGBTQ+ community and say, loudly and unflinching, that we to deserve a hero that overcomes, goes the distance, and finds victory on their own terms.”
The graphic novel will be released October 2020, and as Orlando mentions in the interview, alongside National Coming Out Day, which is October 11th.
The Kill A Man Team Is:
Writer: Steve Orlando
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Alec Morgan
Letters: Jim Campbell
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