Interview with the creator of ”Something Real”
Horror is a big theme this month with Kickstarters, with the likes of Afterlights – Folktales of the cryptids. Today however, I Interviewed Joey Turnage the writer and creator of ”Something Real” currently on Kickstarter.
Hi Joey…So, first thing first. I’ve seen your Kickstarter for your project ‘Something Real” What the best description of what the story is about?
Thanks for having me, Tom. Well, you know it’s about that mean ol’ boogeyman! But, at its core, the story is about a young boy overcoming his worst nightmares. His long-lost father mysteriously resurfaces and with him follows a dark entity, the one we know as the “boogeyman.” The young boy, Phillip, must face his fears in order to bring his family back together.
What inspired you to create the title?
First off, I love the horror genre. Comics are my favorite storytelling medium, so I’ve always wanted to sit down and write something creepy and fun like this.
You have some interesting Characters, could you give us any details about them?
Sure! The boogeyman, whose origin I can’t discuss just yet, has haunted Phillip’s bloodline for generations. Phillip, like his father before him, has an extraordinary imagination. The boogeyman has fed off imaginations since the beginning of time, which clearly puts Phillip in a very dangerous spot.
What would you say, separates your comic from the rest?
It’s very tricky. Our boogeyman uses mind games on his victims, convincing them to willingly join him in his dream realm. It’s super fun and helps separate our book from others.
Do you have a creative background?
I’d say so! I’ve always enjoyed art and especially comics. However, I never pursued an education in the field of art. I went to school for Engineering Technology where I’m able to design objects and structures, so that helps satisfy my artistic needs. Along with my writing, of course!
What excites you most about the creative process?
Oh, I absolutely love receiving finished pages. The moment I check my inbox and see the pages that our series artist, Ian Miller has drawn, I just stare in amazement. I love writing but seeing Ian turn my words into pictures is just awesome.
In your Kickstarter that is currently going on – What are you most excited to offer backers?
I’m just excited to offer the book, really. I can’t wait to hear from readers. I hope everyone loves it and then immediately desires more boogeyman as a result.
How did you, Ian Miller, & Fredrik Mattsson come to be working on a Bogeyman Book together?
I came across Ian while searching the World Wide Web and immediately knew that he was the man for the job. Then Ian introduced me to Fredrik’s wonderful work, obviously convincing me that he was perfect to color this book.
Do you have any plans to produce any other comics in the future?
Yes! In fact, we have an action-packed western that’s available through our Something Real Kickstarter campaign right now. It’s a preview copy for now, but will be developed into a self-published full-blown series much like Something Real. On top of those, I’ve got another project that is yet to be announced, but it’s a fun one too!
Do you have a mailing list or Facebook page for those who would like to follow the story or the creative process of ‘Something Real’ even once the campaign is over?
We actually post most everything about our books through Instagram or Twitter. It’s hard to manage so many social media accounts! Our Instagram can be followed at @srcomic & our Twitter page can be reached at @srcomicbook.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to create their own comic/graphic novel?
I’d tell anyone to just do it and make it happen. Odds are you won’t have many people around you that are passionate about comics. They may doubt you, or never quite understand, and that’s fine. As long as you stay focused and get your work out there for others to see, you’ll always find support and the will to create.
Well, I guess that’s it…one final thing… Do you have anything to say to potential backers reading this that are on the fence still?
Sure! I’ve been on the fence, myself. It’s not particularly easy to donate hard-earned money to an unproven book. I just ask potential backers to contact me if they’d like, either through our comic’s social accounts or my own personal account (@joeyturn14), where I can help to answer any questions of uncertainty. Our team is incredibly passionate about this project and I think that’s the most important element of a good book.