Indie Comics Underground had the chance to sit down with Justin Murphy about his new project on IndieGogo - War Party.
First off, for anyone unfamiliar, can you give us a little of your background and how you got into comics?
Superheroes thrived in the Jim Shooter days, and that’s when I was reading comics, but to be honest my favorite books were not superhero fare. I loved The ‘Nam, Savage Sword of Conan and a little indie fantasy book called The Realm with art by Guy Davis. I published my first black and white series in 1992. It was distributed by Diamond and I continued self-publishing for five years. I returned to comics in 2008 with the Civil War Graphic Novel Cleburne and since have been in production with my animated feature film Dawgtown. Channels like ComicArtistPro secrets and others got me back into comics when I saw what was happening with the industry and the possibilities of crowdfunding a book.
You even have a variant cover by the legendary Michael Golden! How did that come to pass?
Timing. I happened to contact him when he was available. He found the project interesting and wanted to do it. He illustrated the Eagle Cover which comes with the $50.00 Variant Perk. Preston Asevedo is also doing some sketch cards and a limited edition print that will be added to the campaign in the last two weeks.
Do you have plans for future War Party comics beyond this six issue series?
Yes. Originally a stand-alone series was the plan, but as the story developed, my focus turned to the shaman character of Dyani. Since one of her powers is cell regeneration, she ages very slowly(similar to Wolverine that way). This opens up a lot of story possibilities in various time periods from the 1700s all the way to the present, and even beyond. There is a hint of what’s to come in this story, but that’s all I will say about that. I will probably follow up with Graphic Novel offshoots at around 64-100 pages, so this will be the only mini-series format.
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Follow War Party creator Justin Murphy on Twitter: @rampartpress