6 Questions with “THE RED ROAD” Graphic Novel Illustrator Phillip Sevy
Phillip Sevy, the illustrator and writer behind THE RED ROAD Graphic Novel: 1990, discusses how the series affected his approach to the comic, his favorite character and the symbiotic relationship between comics and television.
Q: Since it’s set in the past for the characters, how did the actual show influence your approach to the comic?
A: The events in the graphic novel are the backbone of the relationships of all the characters—everything hinted underneath the surface in Season 1 (which came more to light in the finale) are here front and center. Knowing and seeing where the characters went after this event helped me understand and shape what I’m doing with the comic.
Q: What is it like working with a story told in short installments?
A: It’s really fun working in short installments. In comics, it can take anywhere from one day to multiple days to draw a page—so the time it takes me to complete an issue is a month to two. Getting to work in shorter installments means that I can hit that sense of completion much faster. It’s always exciting to write “The End” (or in this case “To Be Continued”). There’s a nice sense of accomplishment in shorter stories.
Q: Do you have a favorite character to draw? Why?
A: I’m actually really enjoying Brian. He’s such an important figure to the show—his death is connected to the three leads—and yet, he’s hardly been seen in the show. So it’s really fun to leave a mark on such a vital role for the show.
Q: Do you usually do both writing and art? Does that make the process easier or more difficult?
A: It really depends on the project. As a freelance comic book artist, I primarily draw, but my first professional foray into comics was writing and drawing my own webcomic. I’ve done a variety of short stories and am working on a larger graphic novel as a writer/artist. I enjoy writing and drawing the story together because, I feel, it gives me a better sense of what’s going on.
Q: Why do think comic books inspired by TV series are becoming so popular?
A: I think a loyal audience for a show wants more than what the series can ever deliver—and that’s a good thing. That’s how you keep people coming back. But now we’re able to find other media outlets to engage fans and new viewers alike. Comics are becoming sequels, prequels, and side stories because they don’t have the same limitations and economic constraints as their moving counterparts. They allow creators to tell the stories that don’t fit into the show for one reason or another. People love to get even more of a good thing.
Q: Which comic book would you like to see turned into a TV series?
A: Which one wouldn’t I? Ha! There are so many fantastic comics that would work as an amazing TV show. 100 Bullets would be phenomenal (and has been at various stages of development for years). Y The Last Man as well. Who wouldn’t love to watch a Hellboy, Punisher, or Invincible TV show? Of all the possibilities though, I would love to see a TV series based on a comic called Midnight Nation, which is my favorite comic of all time and is built to be serialized. It would be amazing.
Check out THE RED ROAD Graphic Novel: 1990, an origin story with Phillip, Harold, Jean and Brian.
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