Drawing Through Time & Space W/ FRAZER IRVING & DAYS MISSING
Drawing Through Time & Space W/ Irving
Newsarama: Frazer, can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved working on Days Missing?
Nrama: When we were talking with Phil Hester earlier, he was saying how Roddenberry was really focusing first on the Steward's motivations, rather than his looks. So I have to ask, how far along was the character's design when you came on board? What role did you play in terms of fully realizing him as a look?
Nrama: For you, what's the appeal of a character like the Steward? Were there any particular challenges you had to overcome to make him really feel three-dimensional?
Irving: The mystery is the main appeal with a character like The Steward. He has a lot of implied history and that was what made him fun to work with. A lot of that stuff can be implied in the acting.
Irving: o_o To be honest, I don't see the metaphor in the story. Plus, I don’t agree that sci-fi is always best told as metaphors. Surely all stories are metaphorical in some way? It depends on how one can stretch one’s own point of view. In this case, I see the story as a pretty straightforward narrative. I didn't stare into it in any great depth.
Nrama: Phil told us that no matter what he put down on the script, you always found a way to make it sing. So we wanted to ask you to walk us through your process a little bit, especially when it comes to taking dialogue-heavy pages, and making them still look active.
Nrama: Are there any particular moments in this series that you just felt you were on fire during his book? What's been your favorite images to draw for Days Missing?
Irving: It was a while ago now, and the current job always eclipses the previous ones so recalling any moments where I was on fire...er...well I do recall the covers being engaging, mainly because they were done before I really had any scripts or ideas about the story, so they were the initial “auditions” for my Steward I guess. That and when I was drawing the Alien dude in issue 5 I think, because that was pretty far out in terms of illustrative styles, and I like the weird stuff.
Irving: Dr. Strange for Marvel, some stuff for DC, the glorious resolution of Gutsville, and some other stuff I’m not allowed to talk, nay, even THINK about. :D
Nrama: For those who haven't read the book, but are still on the fence, what would you tell them to get them onboard Days Missing?
Irving: Read it or I shoot the puppy.*
*(Please note that Frazer irving has not, and will never actually threaten the life or tranquil existence of any living creature** for the benefit of any commercial product.)
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