THINK TANK: Top Cow Keeps Creator-Owned Rolling
What would you do if you were super-intelligent but others twisted your ideas to do things you didn’t want to do – like hurt people? For Think Tank’s David Loren, he turns his formidable intellect on those that perverted his inventions but finds he must fight against his own creations to win out in the end.
Newsarama: We’re three issues into Think Tank with the story-arc finale coming up in next month’s fourth issue. The final shot of issue #3 is the lead in this, Dr. David Loren, in the crosshairs of a sniper’s rifle. For those that haven’t read the series (yet!), how did he get in this position?
Nrama: The prefix “Dr.” might make him seem studious and uptight to some, Think Tank’s Dr. David Loren is shown to be anything but – he’s like Ferris Bueller in a lab coat. How’d you go about developing this character and getting the right measure of cool and confidence without making him seem too comedic?
Nrama: Another big part of this is the science. From the miniaturized drones to the suggestion gas and Loren’s handy palm device. How’d you go about getting the science right without being limited by what’s out there today?
Nrama: After working for the government since the age of 14, Loren finally breaks away after meeting Mirra Sway. Can you tell us what having Mirra Sway does for David?
Hawkins: He's had sex with women but never had a real relationship. I think his meeting her and their discussion makes him want what he does not have. And of course that will blow up in his face.
Nrama: Although not Top Cow’s first, Think Tank is a standout amongst other Top Cow books for it being in black & white. Now that you’ve done it for several issues and have heard back from fans, how has it been producing the series in black & white versus doing it in full color? A good trade-off?
Hawkins: Initially, to be blunt, the black and white was a cost consideration. Color is more expensive and we had no idea if this book would work. It's really different from other stuff out there so there was a concern internally that it might not sell. When that's a concern you try to mitigate your costs, etc. Now that we're almost 4 issues in of the now continuing series I've grown to dig the black and white. It gives it a weird unreal feel for a realistic book.
Nrama: The 4th issue hits in November, with the trade edition in December. Do you have plans to continue Think Tank either with more issues or a new miniseries down the road?
Hawkins: Yeah, same team and 5th issue is December I believe there will be a month between 4-5 but should be monthly after that. We're committed to doing a minimum of 12 now and if people are still reading we'd love to do more!