First, are we ever going to see more Hector Plasm? I think I recall you saying that it's not financially viable on its own, but are there any plans, however vague they might be, to write another mini? Also, do you have any desire to bring more Classical mythology into the world of Hector Plasm, which seems largely focused on ghost stories and weird medieval heresies? (If you did do so and I either didn't realise it or forgot, I apologise.) Thanks!
There is enough material written for a third Hector one-shot (once I finish up one last story), which will be called Fantasmagoriana. It will have a tale of Hector when he was a surly teen, a Lovecraft pastiche, an adaptation of a well-known American ghost tale, and a story with a vampire and a baby. And more!
However, the question of when it comes out is completely dependent on Nate’s schedule. He has been pretty busy, as I hope everyone has seen, working on Nowhere Men with Eric Stephenson.
And after that, who knows? He might be in huge demand drawing Spider-Man or whatevs. So it’s just a matter of time and availability. But there’s plenty of Hector to come. Eventually.
As for your second question:
Kind of? Hector’s world works in its own kind of cosmology that includes all sorts of theologies and philosophies but isn’t completely defined by any of them.
Like, there might be ideas about the afterlife inspired by Vergil, but don’t expect Zeus to show up or anything.
When we first set out to do this, we didn’t expect it to make any money. We’re still a bit shy of breaking even, but based on the rate the first printing is going, there’s a decent chance the zine is going to turn a profit.
After consulting with the contributors, we’ve collectively decided to…
Hmm…I don’t…hate it, but Donnie Wahlberg is much more of a rumpled suit, tempered rage boiling under the surface kind of guy rather than the over the top blowhard that Steve Dayton, WORLD’S FIFTH RICHEST MAN, needs to be.
You have the money and resources and actor pool to make whatever movie you want. What do you make?
For a long time, my go-to answer to this question was Jack Black and Jack White starring in a musical comedy remake of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but I’m not sure how much I’m still feeling that answer.
So instead let’s say I’m making a superhero comic movie. In that case, I’m making this one:
You actually sent me this question last night, and I’ve been thinking about it since then, trying to cast it, etc. I didn’t have much luck. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Director: Edgar Wright
Jimmy Olsen: ???
Lucy Lane: Aubrey Plaza?
Flippa Dippa: ???
Big Words: ???
special guest star Mr Tawky Tawny: Nick Offerman (voice)
The villain is Titano?
This is probably why I don’t work in movies. I can’t think of any young actors.
Runner up: Doom Patrol: The Movie!
This one’s actually easier if I completely crib from the movie Drive.
Director: Nicholas Winding Refn
Robot Man: Ron Perlman (voice)
Negative Man: Ryan Gosling
Elasti-Girl: Christina Hendricks
Chief: Bryan Cranston
Beast Boy: ???
Okay, Tumblr, help me fill in some of those ???s, plz.
If I end this post with a question mark, can you all reply? (edit: Apparently not. I’ll make a new post.)
If an octopus came to your door wearing a monocle, pants, and a sharp blazer (but forgive being sans hat, for it is the summer and he's from the south where it's too hot for such formalities) and asked you to help him with a mission, what would you say? He needs some sponges, electrical tape, chewing gum (no saccharine, please), a bicycle tire, and $40 for the mission. Also he's a tad peckish from the trip, so some delish tea sandwiches would be nice.
My answers here aren’t going to be very interesting because of my fairly limited familiarity with Egyptian myth, but my favorite story is probably the myth of Osiris and that whole rigamarole, and my favorite deity is probably Thoth, likely because of his association with Hermes in the Hellenistic era.
What is the best movie ghost story? Comics ghost story? Novel ghost story?
I am generally hesitant to answer “best” questions, because it’s often hard for me to single something out, and I might often change my mind and regret choosing one thing as best over the other. So let’s just say these are ones I think are really good.
Others I really like:
Carnival of Souls
House on Haunted Hill (original)
Paranormal Activity series (sorry if that’s uncool)
The Ring and Ringu
The Devil’s Backbone
Others I like:
Hellboy, BPRD, etc.
Uh, hmm. What am I forgetting?
This is a bit of a cheat, as it’s a collection of short stories, but I think the best ghost fiction is probably short stories. I can’t really think of a full-length novel about a ghost other than modern Stephen King stuff? I haven’t read Joe Hill yet, but I’ve heard he’s pretty good.
Anyway, other ghost fiction I like:
The works of Sheridan Le Fanu (hat tip to Jess Nevins for introducing me to his work)
Poe, of course
The Turn of the Screw (hey, here’s a longer ghost work)
the book Kwaidan, which collects Japanese ghostlore