|CULLEN BUNN - PART 2
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Questions for Cullen Bunn @ IDW’s Godzilla
Had enough of Godzilla yet? Celebrating a monster-size anniversary this year, the star of the blockbuster film is now also the star of an IDW limited series written by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Empty Man) who is a self-proclaimed ‘Zilla fanboy!
In Part 2 of our two-part interview with Bunn, we examine his new monster mini, which hits in August.
Dynamic Forces: Well, Cullen, the legendary lizard broke all box office records, slamming Cap and Spidey. Do you feel this gives your new summer limited series from IDW a boost?
Cullen Bunn: I guess it can’t hurt!
I’ve never been able to predict how a movie might impact sales on a comic, especially not one that comes out a couple of months later. My goal was to tell a great Godzilla story. But if people see the movie and want to follow more adventures of Godzilla, I won’t complain!
DF: A lot of casual monster movie fans believe that all of the films, comic books, etc. about Godzilla are basically the same. How does the fire-breathing giant stand out in your new book?
Cullen Bunn: Godzilla is more of a mythological creature in this book. This story takes place years after a horde of giant monsters laid waste to civilization. The monsters vanished soon after, and mankind struggled to pick itself up from the ashes. Godzilla is seen as a deific force that is prayed to like the gods of old.
DF: I hear that even BEFORE you started kindergarten, you yourself drew a book titled Attack of the Monsters which featured … Godzilla! Tell us about it.
Cullen Bunn: It’s funny how some things stick in your memory. I remember sitting on my bedroom floor, drawing this comic in which Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, a giant snake, and a bunch of other monsters attack the world. I remember that the combined armies of the world killed Godzilla by dropping a giant sword on his head.
DF: 2014 is Godzilla’s 60th anniversary of stomping little Japanese cities down on screen. Feel good to be a part of that celebration?
Cullen Bunn: It’s a real honor. I’ve loved Godzilla since I was a kid. I watched Godzilla flicks on TV in the afternoon, my dad took me to Godzilla double features, I collected the toys, and I even subscribed to G-Fan magazine for a while. And I love the King of Monsters just as much today. Maybe more.
DF: Tell us about this new, nightmarish world in which your Godzilla dwells.
Cullen Bunn: This is a world that has been crushed by rampaging monsters. Cities are in ruins. Tribes of survivors have banded together. There is no power. There is no communication between one village and the next. Humanity is just barely scraping by. They pray to the monsters for good weather, for good crops… but most of all they pray that they will never return.
DF: Is this book an extension/sequel to any other IDW Godzilla comic, or is it pretty much self-contained?
Cullen Bunn: This is a self-contained story.
DF: With so much source material, tell us where you got the inspiration for your mini’s take on Godzilla.
Cullen Bunn: If anything, the biggest influences on this story were Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla: Final Wars, and Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. The first two could almost be prequels to this story, which takes place in the aftermath of a huge monster rampage. The third movie depicts a much more demonic, evil version of Godzilla, and the fabled interpretation of the monster is similar to what I’m going for here.
DF: What can you tell us about the humans in this series? The human protagonists are sometimes the big disappointment to Godzilla fans.
Cullen Bunn: We have a number of survivors we’ll be meeting in this series, but there are three in particular who become our core characters. Arata and Shiori are young lovers who don’t really remember the world before the cataclysm. They simply want to make a life for themselves in the world that has been left for them. Hiroshi, on the other hand, remembers the world that was quite clearly, and he is wracked with guilt. He knows more about the cataclysm than he is willing to let anyone know.
DF: What does Dave Wachter contribute to this tale? Have you worked with him before?
Cullen Bunn: Mr. Wachter is an amazing talent. He brings such care and detail to the big scenes. Absolutley one of my favorite Godzilla artists! Dave and I have never really worked on anything that has been published, although years ago we talked a bit about pitching some books together.
DF: So … MORE Godzilla in Cullen Bunn’s future?
Cullen Bunn: I guess anything is possible! We’ll have to wait and see!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Cullen for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions in this special two-part interview. Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 hits stores in August!
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