So, what's it like to have this out of your head and have it be something people can buy, see, and interact with?
It's amazing. It's been a lot of hard work, but it's been the most fun I've ever had. It's incredible to be realizing a dream. Plus, my parents have been really supportive, though it was a surprise for them. I never told them a single word about the comic and just sent them a copy when it was completed. My father's response was, 'what in the devil, I saw your name and... a comic book?! That's great!" My mother was overjoyed and said, 'we're surprised, but not that surprised. You and your superheroes!'
Is everyone involved in the comic gay?
Let me think about that... I think so.
So, is the next step the Pride high podcast?
As soon as we get done with one issue, we go directly into the next. It's a non-stop process. It'll probably take us a few issues until we get everything running like clockwork and actually have the time for the podcasts. We'll see...
And the idea for the podcast is that the people behind the characters would portray that character on the podcast, or would you just get actor friends to...
Oh, actor friends.
And you'll have to rewrite the scripts for radio.
They'll have to be modified, definitely.
Are you going to do it all live, like an old 1940s radio show?
The project is predicated on people actually having the equipment to record MP3 files and send them over to me so that I can mix the and put them all together.
So you're not even trying to get everyone together in a room...
I'll just send them a script and they'll record their lines on their own.
Just like they do pretty much every animated movie where Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried never even see each other, but they're co-stars. It'll be an interesting undertaking for you.
Definitely. I love living in the digital age, because I'm able to work and interact with people from all over the world. No one on the creative team lives remotely near me. The closest is in Chicago, while the farthest is in Amsterdam.
Yeah, even for Oasis, it's been interesting using Skype and stuff to interview Alex Sanchez, who wrote Rainbow Boy, who lives in Bangkok.
And do you eventually want to do webisodes in Flash or anything?
That would be nice. Right now, I don't have it in my budget to do so, but we'll see. I think a lot will have to wait until the story arc is done, and then we can go back and say, 'OK, let's look into webisodes and other things and really get it out there.'
And, in addition to Pride High, Pride Comics is also you.
Yes. I'm very new publishing comic books, so the idea of self-publishing was a lot less daunting for me than seeking out a publisher. The idea of Pride Comics was then expanded after a gentleman by the name of Desmond Miller said to me, "'I would love to have a comic with the Pride Comics imprint. May I?" I was all for it. I like supporting local independent artists and writers. Soon after, another artist approached me with the same idea. Both of them will have previews of their comics in upcoming Pride High issues.
And when will those be launching?
When they're done. They're in charge of their own schedules.