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5 MINUTES WITH... LUKE LIEBERMAN


RED SONJA #2 - (RANDOM FILL)

From Dynamite Entertainment's solicitation for Red Sonja #2: "Bigger than issue #1! Twice as many writers! 2 Stories! Twice as many artists! Even more colorists! How is that possible?!?!?!!??!!? Read on fellow Red Sonja fan and you'll see how we make the ultimate Dynamite Red Sonja!

Red Sonja #2 will also have feature a special bonus prelude back-up to the upcoming Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom! YES that Thulsa Doom! The Red Sonja Vs. Thulsa Doom story by filmmaker Luke Lieberman and NY Times Best Selling Author (and fan favorite comic writer) Peter David will lead in to the pre-cursor to Sonja's first appearance in Conan #23 and it all begins in Red Sonja #2 as part of a special preview! Best of all it's 40 pages with 7 new pages of story and art -- bigger than issue # -- all for the same price of just $2.99 AND featuring the premiere of Thulsa Doom!"

We took a few minutes to catch up with one half of that writing team - a new face on the comics scene - Luke Leiberman!

DF: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
LUKE LIEBERMAN: I finished NYU Film school about 4 years ago, then came right out to LA to work for Stan Lee. He made me a much better writer - I remember he called me into his office at one point after reading a treatment I had written and said "Luke, you have monsters - great there are monsters, you have explosions, wonderful, fight scenes - big fight scenes - great. I don't care about any of that, every story has these things, they do not make the story unique. WHO is this about? Tell me why I care about the character. If I don't care about the character then I don't care what happens to them."

I will never forget this advice, it shifted my focus as a writer onto Character, and gave a new center to my storytelling. The character is paramount, their decisions drive the story.

I still maintain close ties to POW!, and am developing some DVD feature projects with, them but I am more independent these days and have a lot of my own projects.

DF: WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THIS PROJECT AND RED SONJA?
LUKE LIEBERMAN: I was drawn to Sonja by the potential of the character - I like characters that have not already been completely defined, where I have an opportunity to really sink my teeth in and create something cool and new - I am a Howard enthusiast more than a purist. I believe that we have only begun to explore the Hyborian Age.

DF: DESCRIBE THULSA DOOM AS YOU SEE HIM. HOW DOES THIS INTERPRETATION FIGURE IN WITH WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE? HOW WILL HE FIGURE IN TO THE STORY OF RED SONJA AS A WHOLE?
LUKE LIEBERMAN: My biggest Film project right now is Thulsa Doom, to which I have the rights. We have a heavy hitting producing team, a couple of Academy Award nominated actors attached, and a script in the works. I can't give any more details right now, but suffice to say that we are working towards a major studio feature and have a full head of steam.

We have a bold new vision for this character and plan to bring him back in a very Fresh and Big way. The film will take him back to his origins which involve the destruction of Atlantis. It is basically the Godfather meets Conan, exploring the paradox of Doom's character and confronting the deep inner conflict - oh and there will be monsters, explosions and fight scenes of course!

The Sonja Vs Doom Series I am writing with Peter [David] will introduce the younger Thulsa, along with reintroducing the more familiar, and older version. It will have some connection to the Conan Film, as Doom will be interested in the "Riddle of Steel" but beyond this we are forging into new territory.

Thulsa is a fascinating and complex character, his horrible charisma, his villainous sincerity. Thulsa Doom long ago sold his soul for power - he knows what the moral choices are, he is just beyond Good and Evil as it were.

The series will also explore more of Sonja's past as Doom has set his sites on Hyrkania itself, bringing Sonja back home to "set the house in order" as it were.

DF: WHAT OTHER PROJECTS DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS?
LUKE LIEBERMAN: Aside from what was already mentioned I wrote an original graphic novel which I am producing through Dynamite hopefully be out for Halloween.

Just finished a Short HD film which will be traveling around the US and Europe in HD FEST. I am writing a Pilot for television, and I work with the Global Youth Action Network coordinating media from over 200 countries for promotional purposes.

DF: WHO ARE YOUR ARTISTIC (WRITING) INFLUENCES?
LUKE LIEBERMAN: My influences? Well Stan is obviously the biggest because he actually taught me, but I am a huge Kubrick and Kirosawa fan.

DF: WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? WATCHING? READING?
LUKE LIEBERMAN: I have a very large film collection at home - I'm looking forward to "Revenge of the Sith", I hang out with the Pandemic guys alot, they are working on "Battlefront 2", so they have all seen SW 3 and recommended it - and hey my name is Luke - do you know how many people have told me that "they are my father?"

TV is mostly the NBA playoffs these days, and John Stewart and South Park every night.

World History and geopolitics are a serious hobby for me, through GYAN I talk to kids from all over the world from Iraq to Europe to South America - I have always been a big Heinlein and Tolkien fan but mostly I read non-fiction historical novels, biographies that kind of thing, and I'm rereading the Art of War right now - I read enough scripts for work.

For more information on Dynamite Entertainment, including more Army of Darkness and Red Sonja product, please visit the Dynamite Entertainment website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com Check out DF's selection of Red Sonja Comics and Collectibles here!

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