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TIM SEELEY + JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
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DF Interview: Seeley, Williamson bringing Cassie Hack, Nailbiter together

By Byron Brewer

Bestselling writers Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Nailbiter) and Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) team up with artists Mike Henderson and Emilio Laiso for a crossover one-shot event of killer proportions—Nailbiter/Hack/Slash—coming to Image Comics on March 4.

To get the real info behind this potentially bloody “slash-fest,” Dynamic Forces sat down with both writers and here is what they said.

Dynamic Forces: Tim and Josh, how does it feel to be working with characters of your own creation with another co-writer? Does it change the manner in which you usually write these adventures?

Tim Seeley: Nah, not really. I trust Josh and I know that he and I have similar enough approaches and influences that it'll turn out great. Mostly I’m just excited to sit back and see what the Nailbiter crew cooks up for Cassie.

Joshua Williamson: Like Tim said … I know Tim knows what’s up. The kid’s got skills. We didn’t really co-write [so much] as we talked on the phone about our individual ideas on the story, went back to respective corners and did our jobs. I wrote my side and Tim wrote his. I went back and read the Hack/Slash omnibuses to try to find the voice of Tim’s characters. And Tim read the scripts to double check and make sure I didn’t ruin his characters forever.

Tim wrote one of my favorite characters in Nailbiter “Raleigh Waters” and knocked it out of the park. That guy is such an obvious sleaze ball and it was fun seeing someone else run with that.

DF: Do I understand this is a “flip book,” which features two stories? Am I correct that both comic book worlds – Hack/Slash and Nailbiter – and characters thereof will figure in BOTH tales?

TIM: Yup.

JOSH: Exactly.

DF: Tim, how does it feel to be returning to the characters you created many moons ago with Hack/Slash?

TIM: It was a combination of fun and frustrating. I feel like Hack/Slash always flew under the radar when the book was out, so there's some intimidation to this in that I almost feel like I'm dragging Josh down. But I love to write the characters, and it's always a pleasure to watch Emilio and K. Michael Russel make my story pretty, and to get to see Henderson draw Cass and Vlad on the other side.

DF: Josh, what challenges did you have mixing your mythos with that of Tim’s?

JOSH: Hack/Slash has always leaned a bit more to the supernatural side. With Nailbiter we try to only hint at that, and keep the story pretty grounded. Tim’s “Slashers” come back from the dead… where our “Butchers” are very human…  trying to find ways to balance those ideas but still keep the tone with what we’ve been doing was interesting. But I’m very happy with what we did. Both stories showcase the best bits of both worlds.

DF: Talk about this first meeting of Cassie Hack and the Nailbiter.

JOSH: Cassie and Warren suspect each other. They both know what it’s like to feel like there could be a monster inside of you. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give anything away. But the meeting is complicated.

DF: Both of you seem to share a fascination for B-movie horror and serial killer culture. Discuss each other’s creation and why they were destined for such a crossover as this.

TIM: Well, we had to justify years of B-movie viewing somehow. Personally, real life serial killers creep me out, but I love the film versions.

JOSH: Most interviews I do about Nailbiter ask me, “Who is your favorite real life serial killer?” Which is such an odd question. I don’t have one. How could you have one? I do like some of the fictional ones. But that is because they are safe. Not real. The real life ones… are super frightening and depressing.

The genesis of this idea is simple. Cassie Hack hunts themed killers… Nailbiter has serial killers in it. Tim and I were doing the dishes together (true story) and started to talk about how we should do this. It made perfect sense.

DF: Does it help the book having artists Mike Henderson (Nailbiter) and Emilio Laiso (Hack/Slash) on this project with you guys?

TIM: Sure. They're the experts.

JOSH: Of course. Couldn’t do it without them. Mike is my partner in crime on Nailbiter. We chat about nearly every page and Mike gets it. It’s great.

DF: Tell us about the storyline for this crossover.

JOSH: In mine, Cassie and Vlad are hunting a serial killer at a fairgrounds when they run into the Nailbiter. In Tim’s, Cassie and Vlad go to Buckaroo in search of answers and find more than they bargained for … and one of the Buckaroo Butchers.

DF: Aside from Cassie and the Nailbiter, will we have any other character crosses?

JOSH: Vlad is in both. That’s all I want to say now.

DF: Is this something that might become an annual “event” for Image Comics?

JOSH: Not really our place to say. Last year Image did Revival and Chew, this year it was Hack/Slash and Nailbiter … who knows what next year could bring.

It’s just a fun thing to do for us as creators and for the fans. Also for me it was a chance to work with Tim, who is awesome.

And it was great getting to write Cassie Hack. So. Damn. Cool.

Dynamic Forces would like to thank Tim Seeley and Joshua Williamson for taking time out of their busy schedules to answer our questions. The big Nailbiter/Hack/Slash book hits shelves March 4th!

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