Wednesday, March 31, 2010
6 Questions With...JOE SERGI
First up is Joe Sergi, his story is called The Prisoner, with art by Marc Jameson.
Tiny Electric: Is this your first published work?
Joe Sergi:This is not my first published work. I have published several short stories and articles in the science fiction and fantasy genres, including in the Trail of Indiscretion Magazine (Issue 6/Death Imitates Art), Comics Now! Magazine (Issue 3/Man and Superman), Metahuman Press (Psi-Kotic, appearing monthly), 23 House Publishing/Atriad Press (Nights of Blood II/Give Until It Kills (2009)), A Thousand Faces (The Issue #10/The Return of Power Boy, (Forthcoming Dec. 2009)), Whortleberry Press (Christmas in Space Anthology/The Gift of the Karisma (Nov. 2009)) and the Guild Publications (Worlds Beyond/It All Started with a Mouse) (Forthcoming 2010)). My first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy was released in March, 2010. In addition, I have also published comic stories, including The Red Line (in U is For United), Economy of Scale and The Phantom Rickshaw (in From Here to There from Resolution Comics), The Body and Through the Eyes of a Child (in CGS Anthology 3), A Penny for Her Thoughts (Rendrwrx Productions (forthcoming 2010)), Cinderfella, The Impossible Dream, and The Adventures with the Prince of Humbug (in the online and print versions of Iconic 2 Guild Works Publications forthcoming 2010), and Carnies (A three issue limited series from Resolution Comics (Forthcoming 2011)). I was selected as a semi-finalist in the Who Wants to Create a Superheroine contest sponsored by the Shadowline Imprint of Image Comics. I have also worked as an editor on The International and Comparative Law Journal, Tax Information Update, World's Beyond, Iconic 2, and CGS: The End.
TE:What's the sentence pitch for your story?
JS:Justin Tishun, an agoraphobic, weighs the alternatives and must decide whether to leave his sound-proof, airtight, temperature-controlled brownstone after he believes the outside world has been destroyed in a terrorist attack.
TE:Was your story an idea you already had, or did you come up with it in class?
JS:I didn't know we needed to come up with an idea for class. Strange at it may seem, my original idea was to have Justin try to ask a girl out on a date. But, when as I waited for Andy to call on me, the idea for Prisoner began to develop.
TE:Do you hope to expand it into something longer?
JS:I am toying with the idea of a conceptual sequel. To bring a dangerous outsider (and love interest) in for Justin. To help her, he must leave his apartment and overcome his fears. I am in the advanced writing class, but I'm going to go with something else as my project for that.
TE:Talk about your artist and the look of your story.
JS:I had previously worked with Marc Jameson on a horror story, I immediately knew his dark style would perfectly suit the tone and creakiness that permeates The Prisoner, which clearly is not a puppy dog and rainbow tale. We are currently working on a pitch package for Madame Magnificent (my Who Wants to Create a Superheroine submission). His website is http://autoganzfeld.blogspot.com/
TE:What comics have you been reading lately?
JS:I read pretty much everything and, much to my wife's dismay, spend a large chunk of disposable income on comics each month. I have really been enjoying Blackest Night and Siege from DC and Marvel. Robert Kirkman's Invincible is one of the best books out there. I also read a lot of small press independent comics since making friends with folks in the industry. For example, the guys at PKD Media are putting out some high quality stuff. I also like Digital Webbing's Fist of Justice and Resolution Comics' Layfield Incident (which was drawn by Marc). The same is true with webcomics (which in my mind are reminiscent of the San Francisco underground Comics movement) and I've been reading Girls with Slingshots, Mumblepuss, Oceanverse, and far too many others to name.
You can check out Joe's work at joesergi.net and skygirlnovel.com