Jay Fotos on Frazetta Comics: 2009

This week sees the first installment of many in the Frazetta Comics line up for 2009.

Frank Frazetta’s Moon Maid one shot promises to continue the tradition of bringing timeless classic comics based off Frank Frazetta’s original paintings. The one shot (preview here ) is written by Frazetta Comics artist/editor Jay Fotos, with art by Tim Vigil.

Jay sat down with us to give us the inside scoop on what we can expect to see in this tale along with what we can expect for the future of Frazetta Comics.

NRAMA: Jay, glad you had time to sit with us, we understand your super busy running Frazetta comics, also working on Spawn and Locke & Key: Head Games.

JF: Yeah, it’s petty nutty juggling everything but it all seems to work out in the end. It’s also good to be working with guys that are as passionate as myself on these books, because I can trust them to get their stuff done without much of being a “babysitter”…but I still do end up riding everyone’s asses anyway [laughs].

NRAMA: Okay – first up: Frazetta’s Moon Maid, give us the scoop.

JF: Hmm, let’s see, where do I start?

Ok, ready?

At the very beginning while discussing with Frazetta on how he would like the Frazetta name to be represented it was clear, “Timeless classic stories that 10-80 year old people can enjoy.” I like to think we are hitting our mark, just recently a father and his 10 year old son came into the Frazetta museum and pointed out how both enjoyed the comics, hearing that made us and Frazettas proud.

With Frazetta Comics I keep it wide open on how writers work on these books, I’d say pick out your top three Frazetta paintings you would want to write a story to. From there, we go over the story ideas and make sure it doesn’t step on the toes of what anyone else is working on or what we have planned out for the future (series or one shot ties-ins to a series).

With Moon Maid I always knew I wanted to see that come out sooner than later, even if I didn’t write it, it’s just a great painting that inspires a ton of ideas. While sitting on that idea, I came up with a story that I thought was pretty cool and rather hand my ideas over to another writer, I did it. The tough part is cramming a “classic epic tale” in a twenty-seven-page story, but I think I pulled it off.

Here’s my official short’n sweet pitch for Frazetta’s Moon Maid…

On the dead moon of Kyra, a sheltered young Maid is torn between good and evil. As she comes of age and the equinox draws closer, the Maid learns her true identity and what purpose she has in the universe–the only trick is learning who she can trust…and how to survive her destiny!

It’s action packed baby! I want to say 3/4ths of my story is all about cool fight scenes and neat-o monsters. I tried to keep in the fun factor, give a solid story and also not to take it so serious. This tale drops the reader off in the middle of a way bigger story that also ties into the “Frazettverse” as we call it, Death Dealer, Swamp Demon, Dark Kingdom, Moon Maid the upcoming Sorcerer and Silver Warrior all fall in that world. Still giving a solid one shot story but can be easily expanded on, that I hope to do down the road.

Oh, by the way I colored it too.

NRAMA: Tim Vigil is back on the issue, right?

JF: Oh yeah, Tim by far has been perfect, he’s a workhorse, the guy does not stop drawing, it blows my mind! As long as Frazetta Comics is around Tim will always have a home.

Vigil, Chris Ryall and I have another book coming up called Frazetta’s Neanderthal and I think people will be really surprised on how we are handling that book, a complete contrast on how you normally view Vigil’s work. I’m really excited about that book as well - the story is only told with the art and sound FX, how cool is that!

NRAMA: So what else can we expect this year from Frazetta Comics?

JF: Let’s see, we have Moon Maid of course, and then Frank Frazetta’s Freedom comes out in March. Freedom I love as well, this is our first “Frazetta Western” and Mark Kidwell (Frazetta’s Dark Kingdom, BUMP) came up with such a great story, sure to be a hit. Mark is an amazing storyteller and a not to shabby of artist as well. Newcomer John Cbions (Graveslinger) takes on the art chores. John’s style is perfect for this book. I think people will love it.

Next comes Frazetta’s Neanderthal in April, written by Chris Ryall (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Zombies vs. Robots) and art by Vigil and myself – I can’t wait for this one as well!

Then we bring back Josh Ortega (Frazetta’s Death Dealer, Swamp Demon) and Josh Medors (Frazetta’s Swamp Demon) on Frazetta’s Sorcerer, hitting in May. This one shot is a direct tie into the Death Dealer (like Swamp Demon) series bring back “old friends” we all know and love from these titles expanding the “Frazettaverse” even more.

There’s Frazetta’s Nightstalker that we bring back Steve Niles (Frazetta’s Dracula Meets the Wolfman) hitting later in the year as well.

The Silver Warrior series we had some delays and we decided to release/start that series upon when we felt we can keep it on a solid monthly schedule, we hope to get that out as soon as we can.

Death Dealer II, we are dying to put out the second series, believe me. This all really depends on Frank Frazetta right now, he is in the process of finishing up a brand new Death Dealer painting and we are using that painting as our springboard for the new series.

Frazetta’s Combat, our first “Frazetta War Story” this book is also in the works now and hope to have out later in the year.

Frank Frazetta’s Jr.’s Interlopers is also in the works - this time around Frazetta Jr. steps into the comic ring writing and also supplying painted covers for this two issue miniseries, Josh Medors will take on the art chores for this as well after finishing up Sorcerer. I hope to see this out by the end of the year as well.

I’m also in the process of getting another series in line, too. Everyone likes the Frazetta Women right? This series will bring in all the sexiness of the Frazetta women with another cool element that would make it a puuuuuuur-fect Frazetta tale!

Of course we’ll wrap up four one shots for a second volume of The Fantastic Worlds of Frazetta Vol 2 by Christmas.

Oh, and just today I talked to Kidwell about another one-shot idea that we are going to do, all I’m going to say on this is, ya like dinosaurs?

One big event Frazetta Comics has coming up Jan 23-25th is the Phoenix Comicon www.phoenixcomicon.com here we have a big set up with artists Tim Vigil and Josh Medors joining me all weekend. We have an exclusive for the show and to help take the sting of how the economy is right now will have special deals on all of our books. So this would be the perfect time to fill in all your missing books for your collection and also get’m all signed by the creators!

Please visit us on www.myspace.com/frazettacomics for updates, previews and also visit our Frazetta Comics Forum.

Thanks for all the support to our readers, and we’re looking forward to another great year in Frazetta Comics!

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