Creator Michael Dolce was grilled on all things SIRE recently by Richard Vasseur and the fine folks at Jazma online. Here’s a brief snippet:
RV: How can a costume force a person to fight evil?
MD: Thru pain! (laughs). If the SIRE doesn’t follow the suit’s internal commands, no matter what they are, he’s struck by agonizing pain. And the real question? He has no idea why. So far, it’s pretty clear (after the first two issues) that some kind of otherworldly force is behind it, as SIRE continuously has visions of an alien-like creature, but the truth is something that will be explored throughout the series. And by issue three the reader will start to get a sense of what’s going on and we’ll go from there.
RV: How did you come up with the idea of a suit controlling him?
MD: Well, in trying to create a superhero universe, I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to dress up like a superhero and fight crime?” I mean really, if I had super powers I’d be on the Today show or something, not on rooftops fighting crime. But I love the old Marvel heroes, and I love the way the super hero genre is built, so I needed another solution. Well, what if these people are forced to?
For the full interview click the link below: http://www.jazmaonline.com/interviews/interviews2.asp?intID=379
During the recent trip to the Baltimore Comic-Con, the crew behind the SIRE – Michael Dolce and Daniel Leister – were interviewed by the fine folks at Comic Blender. Now this interview, along with all previous podcasts of Comic Blender, are available for FREE via iTunes! Here’s all you gotta do to watch:
1) Go to the iTunes Music Store.
2) Search for Comic Blender.
3) When the choice for Comic Blender appears click on the arrow next to the name to show the back issues. The SIRE interview is part of Issue Five’s podcast.
4) Click ‘Get Episode’ to download the issue and enjoy! Comic Blender offers weekly information on new comic book releases, upcoming releases, reviews on comic and superhero merchandise and overall great comic book news! Great humor, great information, and all round great comic goodness. For more info plus low quality back issues of these video podcasts for those without iTunes, check out www.bobscomics.com and click on “video podcasts” on the left hand side.
After Shock isn’t the only one making a splash these days. Our friends at After Hours Press are also quickly becoming known for their quality Indie offerings. The latest title to receive critical attention is IMPOSSIBLE TALES, a sci-fi adventure best described as, LOST meets JURASSIC PARK!
In an in-depth interview, creators Darren Sanchez and Hassan Godwin discuss with Pulse reporter, Jennifer M. Contino the ins and outs of this Flash Gordon inspired adventure.
“You could say it’s Sci-Fi… but with more of a Twilight Zone feel,” Sanchez told the Pulse. “(Darren) came to me once with this notion of a cruise-liner in the middle of a prehistoric age [and] he hashed out the rest of it as we went along,” added Godwin.
For the complete interview check out the URl below: http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi/ubb/get_topic/f/36/t/005603.html?
Impossible Tales debuted at Wizard World Chicago this past August with issue #1 of 2, and will wrap up the first 2-part story arc in November with part two released at Wizard World Texas. Featuring two brilliant covers by Juan Doe (X-Men: Civil War) & (X-Men: The 198), Impossible Tales follows the story of Ray Wells, a young science prodigy from the year 2285 who becomes a fugitive in time when he discovers the illegal secret that corporate giant, Chrono-Corp is built on… his own stolen Time-Travel technology! Both issues of this After Hours Press story can be ordered (or reordered) through Diamond Previews by using the following codes: • Impossible Tales # 1 of 2 (released in Sep ’06) item #JUN06-2785 • Impossible Tales # 2 of 2 (on sale in Nov ’06) item #SEP06-2990 For more info click the link below: http://www.ahpcomics.com/comics/impossible/index.html
If you rushed out and bought the SIRE #2, or checked out page 213 of the December volume of Diamond Previews, you may have noticed the awesome rendition of the SIRE by rising superstar TYLER KIRKHAM. In case you didn’t, it’s official: Tyler Kirkham is officially the cover artist for the SIRE #3 – in stores this December.
“I thought it would be impossible to come close to matching Talent [Caldwell]’s amazing first two covers, but Tyler does it… and then some!” creator Michael Dolce said. “With Phoenix: War Song and Darkness/Wolverine under his belt, Tyler is gearing up to be the next big thing, so we’re thrilled to have him on board.”
Issue three marks the sense-shattering conclusion to the first SIRE mini-series, but is this the end for our hero? “The success and support we’ve gotten shows what a powerful character SIRE has become in the indy world. Expect some big news in the coming weeks,” Dolce hinted. Cornered by the police, SIRE must find a way to stop the evil Siphon’s plans and somehow save the woman he loves from certain doom. But when presented with an opportunity to relinquish the powers he never wanted in the first place, will his decision mean the end of the world as we know it? Check out the December volume of Diamond Previews to order!