5 Question Interview #117

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Tony Cooper...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

They will find my two comics!

The first is a 24-page, one-off superhero story "Some Kind of Hero", which is actually a tie-in to my series of novels. It features Hayley, who is a policewoman by day, a teleporting vigilante superhero by night, and is about her struggle to keep the two halves of her life separate.

The second is my new 72-page graphic novel "The Murder Club: Useless Deaths", which is the first in a two-part story about a pair of psychopathic A-level students who plot to use their intelligence and utter lack of empathy to kill and then frame someone else for the murder.

What do you love about creating comics?

The complete freedom to do anything you want! It's not like TV or Film where there are dozens of gatekeepers ready to smush your work into something that fits nicely into their current portfolio. You have complete control. Also, you don't need to have a budget of millions, or hire actors or anything. It's pretty amazing actually.

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What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

The complete freedom to do anything you want! Unless you've got a second income you do still have to worry about whether your work is going to sell. Which means you have to work hard to make sure it's an interesting concept and script, and spend lots more time than you ever imagined trying to advertise and promote it. I haven't mastered this part yet.

Oh, and the art. So far, I've done all the art myself. Good grief, that's one heck of a time-sink.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

Seeing people picking up my work and being genuinely interested in it. You spend so long in such a tiny bubble that by the end you have no idea whether what you've created is actually good or not. So it's great to see con-goers reactions to your comics, and hopefully make some new fans too.

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What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

For the writing alone, it would have to be "Y: The Last Man" by Brian K. Vaughn. Brilliant concept that could have been handled really badly (not hard to imagine how) but thankfully wasn't, and remains for me an essential read.

You can find Tony online at his website and stop by his table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello".  Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.