Hacking and Slashing with the Suicide Girls

Word Balloon: Tim Seeley

Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, right?

Well, Cassie and Vlad have their hands full in Devil’s Due’s Hack/Slash Annual.. Joining the festivities are the popular internet vixens the Suicide Girls as they guest-star in the inaugural annual of the Hack/Slash series. This crossover Annual runs parallel to the Re-Animator story arc running in the monthly series. In the annual, a strange electronic malevolence known as D1AB0L1Q is killing off Suicide Girls—and it’s up to a haggard and road-worn Cassie and Vlad to save the girls from impending doom.

Newsarama sat down with series creator Tim Seeley to talk about the Hack/ Slash Annual and his four day plans involving San Diego sun and Comic-Con fun.

Newsarama: Tim, the Hack/Slash Annual is a very special project, isn't it? You've got some very special guest-stars for the book...

Tim Seeley: We've got real live Suicide Girls, tattoos and all! The idea was to have Cassie become involved with the website, SuicideGirls.com, a pin up website that specializes in alternative beauty, and is largely run by the girls themselves. People have always compared Cassie's 'tude and style to the Suicide Girls, so it was a natural progression, I think.

NRAMA: And Cassie is crossing over on the SuicideGirls.com as well; how did this project get set-up?

TS: I've actually been working on how to do the idea for a few years, but it wasn't until I got interviewed by the site that I figured out who to talk to get it moving. At the same time as I was sniffing around, Missy Suicide, the creator of the site, was looking for ways to reach comic readers, who are the perfect type of audience to enjoy the website, since a good portion of the girls are genre geeks like us.

We flew out to LA to meet Missy, and she told us how other creators had come to her with similar ideas, but they'd never actually done anything. She just figured comic types were a little flakey. I assured her, that if I started, I would finish, because if there's one thing I can focus on…its hot girls.

NRAMA: Breaking the fourth wall, with real people like the Suicide Girls, is fairly unique in the industry--did you have any inspiration for this crossing into reality?

TS: For sure...initially I did a "real people" crossover in the third Hack/Slash book, Comic Book Carnage, which featured Steve Niles, Skottie Young, and Robert Kirkman.

And yeah, admittedly, this idea is taken from Scooby Doo. I loved it as a kid when the Globe Trotters and someone would show up, and sort of sell the "reality" of Scooby.

It added to the fun! Hack/Slash is nothing if not a great excuse to have fun, get scared, and maybe, with SGs in it, to get turned on as well! (laugh)

NRAMA: It’s mentioned in the Annual; is Bikini Car Wash a favorite movie of yours—?

TS: I have a major affection for any film with "Bikini" in it. It makes it instantly fun. For example Terms of Endearment. Not a fun movie…but, what if it was "BIKINIS of Endearment?" (laugh)

NRAMA: (laugh) Or “Terms of Bikinis”...

Were any live models harmed (or used for drawings) in the making of the Hack/Slash Annual?

TS: When we created Cassie's "set" (i.e. the series of pics where she gets nekkid), I intended to use a real model. But, I had a lot less time than I would need to wrangle that…so all I could do was shoot the backgrounds and I had to draw nekkid Cassie out of my head, sans reference. fortunately, I have spent at least 20 years looking at naked girls, so I can get a lot of mileage out of my imagination.

But, yes, a few models are "harmed" in the making of this comic. One gets roasted in an oven in fact. And, let me tell you, it is very weird to draw girls you're friends with getting killed in horror movie ways.

NRAMA: Would you like to cross more real people into Cassie and Vlad's world in the near future?

TS: Yeah, I mean, I always like to make sure I have a good story before I try anything...but, I think I could easily come up with a rockin' Suicide Girls sequel. I still want to put a real band in Hack/Slash...and some day, I think the guys working on the Hack/Slash movie have to get their own story—a murder on the set of the Hack/Slash movie maybe?

NRAMA: What can fans of the series expect to see later this year?

TS: Whew...so much. We've got the three part Re-Animator story, which also brings in Cassie's dad. And, after that, Pooch gets a starring role in an issue...seriously.

NRAMA: There's a very interesting underlying theme taking place in the story--with the homeless and generosity--is there a softer side to Tim Seeley and Hack/Slash?

TS: One thing I like to do in Hack/Slash stories is make the book about the setting to a degree. I've been to LA a bunch of times, and I'm always fascinated/ horrified by Hollywood Boulevard—the sad mix of tourism and how Hollywood glamour meets the gritty reality of homelessness and mental illness. With Cassie and Vlad being there, I can really play that up after all, they're not far removed from the people scrounging to make a living in a town where only a few blocks away, the prettiest people in the world are being paid millions to pretend.

NRAMA: The final moment of the book has a somewhat cryptic tone to it; does "No one lives forever" bare any kind of relevance on upcoming plots in the regular series? Is that the last we've seen of Ian Matheson/ D1AB0L1Q ?

TS: An important aspect of D1AB0L1Q is that more than just being a nut, he's a nut with a plan—a manifesto. I wanted to create a slasher who was more than an immediate danger; his blogs, his words...even if Ian is gone, those live-on. This was another element inspired by LA; the way a dangerous person can create followers as dangerous as he…L. Ron Hubbard anyone?

Hack/Slash Annual debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and is currently in stores.

Want to see Cassie’s “photo shoot” for the Annual on SuicideGirls.com? Click here.

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