Indie Comics Underground had the chance to catch up with Joe Catapano to talk about his upcoming Comic Book - Star Circuit - Now in pre-launch on Indiegogo
What were some of your inspirations in creating Star Circuit?
Without much thought during the early stages I started leaning toward my animation / anime and comic book influences. I like to split these inspirations into two categories: artistic and content/ genre.
Artistically, my big influences are Katsuhiro Otomo, Joe Madureira, Syd Mead, Jim Lee, Alvin Lee, and Kenneth Rocafort.
The content inspirations with Star Circuit are mostly cyberpunk and sci-fi fantasy books, movies and even video games. These would include Neuromancer, Bladerunner, Gundam Wing, Green Lantern (you'll see), F-Zero, Akira, and Mega Man. I am also a fan of the MotoGP Premier Moto League and base many rules, and designs on current racing trends. The story is also a lot about imperfect families, volatile relationships, and making the best out of bad situations, so a lot of the book draws upon my own experiences.
The main character Atlys, is somehow synced to a legendary racer, will we learn how this happens in the story or is it a mystery?
This is only the first chapter so not all the information will be given out so suddenly, but to answer the question, Yes. This syncing is the catalyst to the whole story and much of it hinges on who this racer is and how it happens.
The world of Star Circuit features high tech racing bikes. What can you tell us about the racing and the bikes?
Atlys like all the other riders in STAR CIRCUIT ride on Burner Cycles. Just like in our world, these bikes come in a variety of makes, models and customizations. The best Burners are naturally the Race Modded ones used in the premier league, the STAR CIRCUIT. Ok, so here's some details.
The newest burner cycles come with Grav-Discs that stabilize the free floating rear wheels. The coolest part of the burners are how they are powered. In the SC universe, almost everything is powered by "burning" parts of digital code as they transfer between the Global ARC network and certain devices. This 'friction' energy is then gathered and stored for various utilities like propulsion. These bikes have an extremely high bandwidth for using this energy which explains the ultra speeds that they can reach.
What do you see for the future of Star Circuit? Is this story a one shot or do you see it as a continuing story?
The future of Star Circuit is pretty grand and yet very contained. I've planned it out as a multi chapter mini-series. But like I said, it is somewhat contained as it does have a definitive end. But that doesn't mean I haven't thought of a continuation to this first Mini-Series. If this series does as well as I expect it will, there may be a second series. All I can really say is the best is yet to come!
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