We put 5 Questions to Chris Sides from Close 2 Immortality...
Q) What’s the secret origin story of Close 2 Immortality and how did it all come together?
Travvy (Chris Travell) and I were approached by Phil Woodward (the man behind the original C2I), who also happens to be a millionaire playboy philanthropist, and he asked us if we wanted to join forces to fight evil and protect the world. I confessed I didn’t know a lot about that kind of thing, but we’d be interested in his other idea of forming a comics collective, where we build a brand that allows us creative freedom with projects, but where there’s solidarity in numbers. He was cool with that, although I think he still wants to form a super-team.
Q) What inspires you to create?
Great question; a bunch of stuff, I guess - if I wasn’t writing, my head would be clogged with running cool scenarios from comics/films I’d love to read/see. It’s a way for me to vent what I think and feel about the world through characters and stories, as I’m not one for chucking all that stuff out on social media.
Q) Since you started, what moment has been your highlight so far?
Probably getting the proof copy of our first book, DARK MATTER, through the post. Tangible evidence that all the hard work had paid off.
Q) This is your second year at True Believers, what can people expect to find at your table on the day for 2017?
Stacks more comics - as well as WHISPERING SANDS and the original DARK MATTER, we’ll have its sequel (that’s being released at the end of 2016 and as of writing this, is shaping up REALLY nicely), plus, we’re going to be launching INTERSECTION, a one-shot crime thriller, exclusively at True Believers. As well as all this, there’ll be copies of anthologies we’ve both been involved with, art prints and some of Travvy’s original artwork for INTERSECTION.
Q) If you could pick one line that inspires you from a comic or nerd culture as your life motto, which would you choose?
Since we started, Travvy and I have always had the motto of ‘It is what it is’ (which isn’t technically a ‘comic culture’ motto) ; if something’s gone wrong in production, or we didn’t get a table at a con, or we didn’t get a story accepted etc, it is what it is - you learn from it and move on.
Personally, my life motto is Indiana Jones’ throwaway line in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; ‘[I don’t know,] I’m making this up as I go.’
And don't forget to stop by their table at #TBCF2017 and say "Hello".
And you can read Chris' 2016 5 Question Interview HERE.