I.C.U. had the chance to catch up Joe Archey about his creation - Blue Phoenix - Now funding on IndieGogo
To start off, can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania near the steel city, Pittsburgh. I'm an Army Vet and a Penn State alum. I'm married to the girl I fell in love with in my teenage years and have two dogs (a Beagle and an AmStaff) and a cat named General Kit Fisto who you can see on my streams on Youtube.
I've been drawing and creating since I can remember. My first art desk was an old green rough suitcase surrounded by random 80's Star Wars action figures! I was introduced to comics by my dad at a young age, starting with the old Conan the Barbarian, Batman, Superman, Captain America and Wolverine comics.
I'm a Huge fan of the STAR WARS films, comics, toys and grew up with film franchises like Spider-Man and X-men. I started really collecting comics in 2006-2007 until I joined the U.S. Army Infantry.
I found my love of art and comics again after I got out, and decided to go into the art program at Penn State with my G.I. Bill. In college I found that I loved doing narrative art, and was drawn to comics as an art form. After school, I found it challenging to find paying work as the market was saturated. I started freelancing, but it was not enough for me. I wasn't fulfilled as an artist.
Having day jobs that related to my military experience, I kept on with my pursuit in art. I saw the fall of entertainment and comics by way of toxic politics and the rise of Comicsgate (through one of my artistic heroes Ethan Van Sciver's YouTube channel in early 2018) as an alternative to the politically filled comics and poor art coming from the mainstream. I realized that I had all the tools, skills, and community available to me to create my own IP and comics and be fulfilled as an artist. I wanted to tell a great story and make art that people would enjoy as much as I did. I started sketches and concepts for Blue Phoenix, put my own experiences and passion into it, and here we are!
What is this relic? Why did it come to him? Who can he turn to? How will he stop an unstoppable force? This is a story of heroism, detective work, ancient secrets, and godly power.
What kind of adversaries will we see in the book?
Will Wryneck will be forced to take on an unknown ancient Egyptian force, a hell of a lot of snakes, and his own fears about his new job as a police officer. He will need to gain control of his newfound power or see his hometown destroyed. Only the answers that he needs to uncover and the ancient power of the sun can give him a fighting chance of overcoming this invasion.
This is planned to be book one in the story of Blue Phoenix. What can we expect for the future of the series?
Yes, this is one complete story. That is the kind of comic I personally like to read, but I have two more planned to tell the full story of Will Wryneck. The world is built on ancient Egyptian secrets and the enigma of pre-recorded human history. It is unlimited in concepts and stories to tell. I hope to keep this universe alive for years and this is the first look! Future stories will be complete within themselves but will be a part of this universe.
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