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DF Interview: Writer Ivan Brandon crash lands into Drifter
By Byron Brewer
In November, pilot Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.
This is Drifter, a new book from Image Comics that reunites the creators of Viking, writer Ivan Brandon and artist Nic Klein.
To discover more about the SF series, Dynamic Forces met Brandon at a ramshackle saloon on Ouro and he told us the following.
Dynamic Forces: Ivan, tell us how the story of Drifter came about and now to Image Comics.
Ivan Brandon: Nic Klein and I had been discussing a new collaboration and we both had an interest in sci-fi and a couple ideas that we thought really went well together.
DF: How does it feel to be reuniting with Nic, your co-creator on Viking?
Ivan Brandon: It feels great. Nic is one of the most versatile and talented people in comics. He elevates everything we do beyond what I'm capable of imagining.
DF: Tell us about the first arc of what sounds like a very compelling but ominous ongoing.
Ivan Brandon: A man barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a planet that is not passive to humans, and where humans are not the dominant species.
DF: Who is your main protagonist in this futuristic saga?
Ivan Brandon: [The aforementioned space traveler] Abram Pollux, command pilot of crashed transport KF424.
DF: Drifter sounds like a very moody, dark story, but it also sounds like it might have the trappings of an old school western. Correct?
Ivan Brandon: It's a story about colonizing new territory, basically. So while it takes place in the future, there are some elements that might seem familiar to those kinds of stories we've seen in other periods.
DF: I take it humankind has gone out into the galaxy in order to survive. Will we be seeing any alien societies, or just different factions of humans whose ancestors came from Earth?
Ivan Brandon: Outside this planet we're the aliens, but we're going to be seeing a lot of unfamiliar and occasionally very dangerous forms of life.
DF: Besides rough territory and dangerous worlds, is there any pronounced "big bad" in this arc?
Ivan Brandon: Far from established society in an unfamiliar place where law is tenuous, everyone thinks everyone else is the bad guy.
DF: Why is Nic the right artist for this kind of book?
Ivan Brandon: Nic is the right artist for any kind of book. He brings a creativity and depth to the atmosphere that make it seem foreign and livable at the same time.
DF: Any particular source of inspiration for the kind of SF tales you will be relating here?
Ivan Brandon: Not particularly, no. In most things, I'm inspired by a mixture of whiskey and insomnia.
DF: Besides Drifter, what's next down the road project-wise for Ivan Brandon?
Ivan Brandon: There's a lot more to be announced very soon.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Ivan Brandon for taking time from his busy schedule to answer our questions. Drifter hits stores in November!
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