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DF Interview: Joshua Williamson brings a brutal serial killer our way in new Nailbiter arc
By Byron Brewer
Writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson have launched a new story arc in their Image Comic horror series, Nailbiter, the first issue of which went on sale Nov. 4th.
This arc highlights a new serial killer. A brutal and demented soul is on the loose in Atlanta, Georgia. Is the killer from Buckaroo? Is it the new Buckaroo Butcher?
To answer these questions and more, Dynamic Forces hopped the last train to Clarksville and then continued by rental car to talk with scribe Joshua Williamson down in the Peach State. Here is what we learned.
Dynamic Forces: Joshua, congratulations on the success of Nailbiter from Image Comics. For the uninitiated, tell us the very basic premise behind the book please.
Joshua Williamson: Thank you! Nailbiter is about a small town where sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers were born and raised. The worst of which was the sadistic Nailbiter who would only kidnap people who chewed their nails. He’s kept them captive, chewed their nails for them, and then killed them. When he got arrested, it shined a light on the small town and raised the question, “What the hell is happening in that town that creates so many serial killers?” An FBI agent went to the town to try and uncover the truth … and then bad things happened.
That was the gist of the premise at the start, but a LOT has happened since then.
DF: You are about to begin an exciting new arc in the ongoing mag. Does it seem possible?
JW: NOPE. It still blows me away every day when I start a new issue. Issue #17 is coming out this week, but I’m writing issue #21 right now. Something I really never thought of … I had plans to get that far but it was sometimes hard to believe. I remember when the book was getting rejected and I thought we’d never release it. Mike and I were working on this book for so long and had just wanted to share this crazy horror story with everyone. We had no idea how people were going to receive it. We’re really happy that we’ve found our audience with Nailbiter.
And now we’re really excited to dig into this next arc, get it out there for people to read. Lots of big things are coming!
DF: Previously in Nailbiter, NSA agent Nicholas Finch found himself roped into the mystery of Buckaroo, Oregon, where the only person who seemed capable of shedding some light on Finch’s dark mystery was the monstrous Nailbiter. What has changed since that time?
JW: Finch has learned that the Nailbiter is mostly just a pawn in a much bigger game and story. In issue #11, they had a confrontation that was almost a bonding experience between them. They are not friends, but they have an … understanding.
As Finch tries to uncover more secrets, it will only get worse from there.
DF: So tell us where this new arc is headed, what’s up with Finch & Co., and since we are headed to Georgia are we saying buh-bye to Buckaroo?
JW: I would say about 75 percent of the book will be in Georgia while the rest stays in Buckaroo. This new arc has been nicknamed “The Devil went down to Georgia.” And some of the cast goes there to look into a series of killings.
Crane stays in Buckaroo to look after Alice and has started to dig deeper into the town’s secrets. I don’t want to give TOO MUCH away, but a part of this arc is about how far people will go to get the truth … and what happens to people who have left Buckaroo and how it impacted their lives.
DF: I understand we have a new serial killer! What can you tell me in a non-spoilery manner about this character?
JW: It’s part of the mystery of the next arc, but there is someone in Atlanta who is mutilating their victims into looking like demons. Sending a message …
And the cops are already thinking they have a suspect in custody.
DF: Meanwhile … whassup with Warren and Crane??
JW: You’ll have to keep reading to see! But we learned in issue #15 that Crane was keeping a huge secret from everyone and when Warren finds out … it’s going to be very interesting.
DF: How has it been working with artist Mike Henderson?
JW: Mike is the best. He’s been great to work with the last few years. Really we’ve been working together for four years now. We’ve developed a short hand for Nailbiter that makes it a much easier series to write. He keeps me in check and makes the book sing. He’s the best co-creator I could ever ask for.
DF: What is coming next from the talented keyboard of Joshua Williamson?
JW: For now, my focus is on Nailbiter and Birthright for creator-owned. And then I’m writing the all-new all different Illuminati for Marvel starting in a few weeks! It’s the bad guys’ perspective on the Marvel Universe. But there are a few more cool things coming around that it’s just too soon to talk about. But soon! 2016 is going to be a rad year, but until then keep reading Nailbiter and Birthright!
Dynamic Forces would like to thank Joshua Williamson for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Nailbiter #17 is in stories now!
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