It kind of just makes sense – put the creative forces of Larry and Andy Wachowski
, Steve Skroce
and Geof Darrow
together for a long enough time, and you’re going to get something….just by virtue of their natures. The first output from the four was, of course, The Matrix trilogy, based upon a story by the Wachowskis and gobs and gobs of visualizations from Skroce and Darrow.
The second wave gets started this fall as two comics coming from the Wachowski’s Burlyman Entertainment: Shaolin Cowboy by Darrow; with dialogue by the Wachowskis and Doc Frankenstein, created by Darrow and Skroce, co-plotted by Skroce and the Wachowskis, scripted by the Wachowskis and illustrated by Skroce.
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Of the two titles, Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy is the grizzled vet, having been around for years, and shown off by the creator to any who would catch him at a convention. “I’d first heard about Geof’s Shaolin Cowboy back in 1999 at San Diego,” Lamm said. “He’s been working on it for a long time, which, from my perspective means we have a lot of pages, and the bimonthly schedule will be one we can keep.
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As a concept, Doc Frankenstein is a tad younger – a byproduct in a manner of speaking, or Skroce and Darrow working closely for years. “Doc is a little easier to explain than Shaolin Cowboy, but no less interesting. It’s a reinvention of the Frankenstein monster that kind of plays with the idea of what if the monster had survived through the ages to today? There are parallels with superheroes, of course, as the monster would be all powerful, but what people seem to forget is that the monster himself was never an idiot in the novel. So, in the comics, we see that the monster has lived for a couple of centuries, has an incredible intellect, so he’s done pretty well for himself. He’s got money, political influence, and a lot of things that people wouldn’t put together when they think of Frankenstein’s monster. That’s the monster we’re introducing.
“At the Burlyman summit, it became official that Larry and Andy would co-plot and write Doc Frankenstein. Already, it’s going in directions that are wonderfully satirical and political, and I’m dying to see what the reactions to it will be. It’s very, very contemporary in its political jabs. It’s fantasy in the sense that the Frankenstein monster wields influence in our world, but with respect to the rest…well, the President in the story may appear familiar. Politics is an intensely dangerous conversation to have with anybody. You never know where anyone’s political stance, you never know anyone’s religious stance, but we’re definitely going to make a stance in Doc Frankenstein.”
As Lamm mentioned, each series will be published bi-monthly, with Doc Frankenstein launching in November, and Shaolin Cowboy in December. If sales and demand is there, trades will collect the first six issues of the respective series after one year.