Outright Geekery came across an interesting Kickstarter and decided to interview the creator to find out more. Here is what we found when we asked Evan Waterman about More than Men.
Well, the elevator pitch for the comic is: What if only the rich had super powers?
If you want a more in depth description, imagine that ten years ago the US government found a way to manufacture super powers but the high cost of production meant that only the rich could afford the procedure.
More Than Men is the story of the League: the last remaining superhero team in America. Once loved and respected, the heroes now struggle to stay relevant in a world that has reduced their powers to the mundane.
But as tensions begin to rise between the powered and unpowered communities, our heroes will once again see themselves in the spotlight, just not in the way they expect…
I’ve always been a fan of superhero comics but at the same time I’ve felt like they’ve never really hit their potential. I think it’s stories like Watchmen, ones that really dig deep into the essence of the genre, that are the most interesting to read. I wanted to create a story that had a real impact on my readers and I felt the best way to do that was through the world of More Than Men.
More Than Men isn’t your regular everyday superhero comic. In fact, a lot of the comic takes what you might traditionally think a superhero story should be about and flips it on it’s head. Not only does More Than Men have diverse, well rounded characters but it also turns attention to the genre itself while covering topics that I think are really important in today’s world. At the same time, it (I hope) does so through an interesting and engaging story full of action and drama with some pretty intense plot twists!
More Than Men is my first published work and the reception so far has been amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough for all their support!
I’ve also been working on a guide to making comics that covers the entire process from idea creation. I’ve just finished remastering the guide and it’s now over 100 pages! If any of your readers are interesting in the comic making process I highly suggest they check it out. It’s available to read for free at http://www.evanjwaterman.com/
I work in computer science. My full time job is in computer security but I’ve also worked in video game development and web design.
I really enjoy learning new tricks and techniques about the creative process but I think what excites me the most is sharing those things with other creators. The main reason I created my comic making guide was because I just love to share information with others. The feedback on it has been amazing and it really has been a communal effort. It’s awesome to create a place where people can come together to learn and grow and I’ve learned so much myself through it.
We hit our funding on day one so we’ll be adding tons of stretch goals to the campaign. As of now we’re offering buttons, some AWESOME pin up posters, personalized commissions and of course the comic itself.
I’ve also been making behind the scenes videos for all backers of the comic. Where I go in depth about the artistic decisions we made when creating the comic and why.
I actually met them online at https://www.reddit.com/r/
ComicBookCollabs/. I put an ad out looking for a team to bring the comic to life and I was blown away by the response. I’m not exaggerating when I say their art is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Not only that, they’ve been an awesome team to work with and I look forward to working with them more on future issues.
For sure! Readers can follow the comic on Facebook. We’ve also got an awesome e-mail-list where I share a bunch of behind the scenes work and other exclusive updates. We’re also all on Twitter; Evan Waterman (Writer, Letterer),
Even if the story isn’t for you, I’d be willing to bet that the art alone is enough to convince you to check this thing out. I’m biased of course, but I can’t emphasize enough the amazing job Butch and Valerie have done on More Than Men. Each page is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and I’ve spent hours just looking through all the little details in each one of them.
We’ve also got a bunch of free updates on the Kickstarter that you can check out so there’s no harm in coming over for a look 🙂