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DF: Joshua Hale Fialkov takes command of The Bunker
By Byron Brewer
On their way to bury a time capsule, five friends – Grady, Heidi, Natasha, Daniel and Billy – uncover a metal bunker buried deep in the woods. Inside, they find letters addressed to each of them ... from their future selves!
From co-creators Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnan comes a time travel story unlike any other as five friends, warned against making the wrong choices, strive to know what the right ones are?
To get the full 411, Dynamic Forces met with scribe Fialkov and secured the following information about this excellent ongoing series.
Dynamic Forces: Josh, tell us about how the concept for The Bunker came about?
Joshua Hale Fialkov: Well, at its core the book is about the decisions we make in life. It asks "What if you knew you had to do terrible things to get your dreams? Could you do them?" And that's something that I think we all deal with on a daily basis. Whether it's doing something unethical, or mean, or bad for someone you love... We all have that decision to make all the time. The difference in The Bunker is that their decisions will lead to the apocalypse. They find out that they're going to have their dreams come true, but the price is going to be the death of mankind. Which is pretty heavy.
DF: Was there any particular fiction/non-fiction that inspired this fan-fave comic?
JHF: I'm a time travel nut from top to bottom. I think finding a lo-fi way to do Sci-Fi has always been something that's super appealing to me. I'm a huge fan of Richard Matheson's work, and the way that in his stories there's one tiny aspect that's fantasy or sci-fi or horror, and then the rest is about how real people would deal with those absurdities as well as their real lives encroaching. I'm also a big fan of Shane Carruth's films Primer and Upstream Color, both of which do that lo-fi Sci-Fi thing so well.
DF: What did it feel like when Oni Press took you from digital to print? Is that a sign of success in your opinion?
JHF: I've been a huge fan of Oni since they launched, and I'm great friends with most of their staff. So, in some ways, it feels like the home I've always wanted. But, as far as success, I think the truest form of success is going to know that your work gives people pleasure, and the best part about Digital is that you get that sort of feedback nearly instantaneously.
DF: Tell us a little about the storyline of the comic.
JHF: Well, it's about a group of friends who discover a military style bunker that contains letters from their future selves telling them they're going to cause the apocalypse. It also contains proof of what's coming. One by one they each have to either accept or reject their destinies in order to theoretically save the world. We're deep in our second arc right now, and it's not going well for ANY OF THEM.
DF: Who are your protagonists and how have their lives been changed by the circumstances they have faced since #1?
JHF: Probably the most changed is Grady. Grady starts off as a timid social crusader. He finds out that he's going to become President, and ultimately, dictator of the USA. He's going to be the one that orders mass executions of the infected, he's going to be the one who betrays all of his friends, and, hardest of all, he's the only one who knows that all of these awful things have to happen. Each of the friends, though, has seen what they thought were their lives beginning to crumble in pretty heart breaking ways.
DF: There is an element of time in your book. How does that factor into the comic long-term?
JHF: Oh, big time, pardon the pun. But, while there's some topsy turvy stuff happening, what we've seen is the only time travel for the foreseeable future. It's really all about the fallout from this one piece of time travel.
DF: Why is Joe Infurnan the right artist for The Bunker?
JHF: Well, Joe is more than just the right artist, he's my co-creator. We make the book together. We discuss every decisions, every move in pretty heavy detail. It's a true collaboration. I take notes on the scripts from Joe, just like he takes notes on the art from me. The way we communicate, I think, is a big part of the success of the book. It's a wonderful collaboration.
DF: Can you explain your creative process a bit on this one?
JHF: We have a master document with a lot of the broad strokes of the story. And we talk through upcoming beats and arcs with each other and with our editors James Lucas Jones and Robin Herrera. And then it's a very organic process, of looking where we're heading towards, and what the next landmarks are to get us there. It's sort of a meticulously planned free-form jazz, if that makes sense. We know the direction we're traveling, we just don't know how we're going to hop, skip or jump our way there.
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Joshua Hale Fialkov for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. The Bunker #7 is in stores and available in digital form now!
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