The GeeksverseInterview with writer Bobby Nash

Interview with writer Bobby Nash
Published on Monday, January 10, 2011 by

Kitty’sPryde.com interviews “Fuzzie Bunnies From Hell” writer Bobby Nash.

It was a pleasure meeting him at the Charlotte, NC area convention. I was glad that Nash was able to take time to go over his wares at the show and agree to an interview. Bobby Nash is a writer working out of Bethlehem, Ga (near Atlanta). Nash writes novels (Evil Ways, Fantastix), comic books (Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell, Demonslayer), short prose (A Fistful of Legends, Full Throttle Space Tales Vol. 2: Space Sirens), novellas (Lance Star: Sky Ranger, Ravenwood: Stepson of Mystery), graphic novels (Yin Yang, I Am Googol: The Great Invasion), and even a little pulp fiction (Domino Lady, Secret Agent X) just for good measure.

Thanks for taking a few moments to “talk” to www.KittysPryde.com. Your resume is fairly diverse. You have written novels, comic books, short stories, graphic novels, and more. We recently met at a Charlotte area convention. You had a very diverse set of comics, anthologies, and your novel on display. How did you get started in comic writing?

Bobby Nash: I once had grand dreams of being a comic book artist. Sadly, my artistic skill was not quite equal to my ambition. I started writing stories for myself to draw. Eventually, other artist friends of mine started asking me to write scripts for them. Eventually, on the advice of a friend, I took some time and focused on the writing side and the rest is history. I miss drawing though and dabble from time to time.

One of the books that caught my eye was Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell (2005), which is now available as a print on demand from FYI Comics. Hell hath no fury like a fuzzy demon rabbit scorned. Could you summarize the short run of Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell?

Nash:Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell was a fun experiment for me. It was the first time I was hired to write an intentionally comedic comic book. Up to that point I had been writing either horror or super hero stories. Although Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell has a horror element, the funny is at the forefront. It was a fun story. I wish the entire story had made it to print.

The story did not reach its planned conclusion. Where did you want the story to go? What would readers have found if the series had continued?

Nash: There was a definitive end for the first story, but there was also a sequel planned. I was able to release a script book containing the entire story (no art) as I had written it. Anyone interested in seeing the entire story and/or see scripts you can find a link at my Nash News site, http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com. It’s on the right hand side of the page.

Nice plug. Was it frustrating to have the story unfinished?

Nash:Of course. Sadly, the book went through several problems and delays not to mention publisher changes before it finally came out. It was very disheartening, but since this was a work for hire gig and I don’t own the characters, all I could do was move on to the next project.

Fuzzy Bunny was a title that the publisher had and brought you in on as writer. How much of the story did the publisher have in mind?

Nash:I received a piece of art with the four main characters on it and a paragraph that got the ball rolling. I used that paragraph as my starting point and took off from there.

Did you have input into picking Powell and Toth or were you all brought together by the publisher to work on Fuzzy Bunny?

Nash:Jason Powell created and owns the characters so he was the one that brought us in. Stephen Toth, our original artist wasn’t able to complete the story so a second artist, Allan Otero was brought in. It all worked out though as the artist change happens at a point in the story where we change timeframes so each has its own unique look. It was a happy accident that worked in our favor.

One of the other comics you’ve written is the out of print Demonslayer. At the con you described the difference between Fuzzy Bunnies and Slayer as Fuzzy Bunnies being your first attempt at writing purposeful comedy while Slayer was all demon slashing. Demonslayer was from Avatar Press from 2001-2005. Did you create Demonslayer or did the publisher bring you in again?

Nash:Demonslayer was an existing book that had started at Image. Demonslayer is owned by Marat Mychaels. I was brought on when the previous scripter/writer was moving on to other projects. The book moved to Avatar with my first issue. Demonslayer was my first professional comic book work. I had done some self-published stuff prior, but this was my first widely distributed work.

Demonslayer was a buxom woman in a red bathing suit style outfit. Her look was reminiscent of the red outfit wore by Vampirella. Who do you think would win in a fight? Slayer or Vampirella?

Nash:I guess it depends on who was writing it. HA! HA! Vampirella is impressive, and it would be a tough battle, but I think Demonslayer would get my vote.

Do you always write comic scripts in the same manner, or do you find that writing for different artists and collaborators effects how you shape your scripts? Did you script to write the scripts the same way for Al Rio (Avatar’s Jungle Fantasy) as you did with Marat Mycheals (Demon Slayer) and Blake Wilkie (Shadow One)?

Nash:I tend to write full scripts, but if I know the artist or have worked with the artist before then I tend to tailor the scripts for that artist specifically, playing to his or her strengths as much as possible. If I don’t know who will be doing the art I sometimes overwrite on details. Of course, then you can edit once you see the art. Sometimes that means adding dialogue. Other times that means cutting words from the script because the art conveys the message without the need for the words.

Comic writing allowed you to be able to write your novel, Evil Ways, a mystery story.At the Charlotte convention you mentioned you had plans on taking the main character from Evil Ways into a new story in the future. Can you give us a few hints as to what is in store for the character Harold Palmer?

Nash:When the urge to write a novel hit I just started writing. In the end, the first novel needed a lot of work, but it was a great feeling of accomplishment when I finished it. My second novel, Evil Ways came after and it took about five years, but I eventually sold it to a small publisher. Evil Ways premiered in 2005 and will end its initial run in August 2011. I have plans beyond that, including a second book, Evil Intent, which is currently in process. There will be a Harold Palmer short story that leads into Evil Intent in an upcoming magazine from Pro Se Productions called With Evil Intent that will hopefully tide over fans of Evil Ways until I get things restructured after August and hopefully re-released. I’m also currently shopping around a novel called Games! that has a few characters fans of Evil Ways might recognize in it. I’ll send out more information on these books as soon as I have them.

You have worked in a variety of comic genres from action to humor, from horror to jungle adventure, what do you think has remained consistent between all of your diverse stories? What do you see as your “voice” in a story even when the stories seem so varied?

Nash:Good question. I just wish I had a good answer. I’d like to think I’ve told a good story with each of my projects. At the end of the day, that will be up to the readers to decide. I learn a little something with each project. Different editors have taught me different things and I’m always picking up new tricks and techniques from other writers as well.

Besides your work at several small comic publishers, you are also working on Life in the Faster Lane, which has an online presence. Once of the continuing discussions in the comic community has been the differences between print and online comics. Overall your webcomic is a variation on the comic strip. Have you ever explored using Flash or other web methods (like http://www.webyarns.com/brainstrips.html)?

Nash:Life In The Faster Lane started as a homework assignment in a cartooning class I was taking back in 1990. The assignment was to do a 1 panel gag strip. I modeled R.O., the title character, after my Dad and turned in the strip.

I had so much fun doing it that I converted the rest of the family into characters and started drawing. In 1992 a new local family magazine called Keeping Up With Kids started in my area. The editor saw and liked my comic strips and she ran an R.O. strip in each issue for the magazine’s twelve year run. After the magazine ended its run I changed the name from R.O. to Life In The faster Lane and started putting them on-line.

I’ve not attempted a Flash strip. Maybe one day.

Life in the Faster Lane is a comedic look at the world of racing and racing fans. Several companies have tried serious action oriented comics before with various levels of success. Usually these vehicle centered properties seem short lived. Many comic fans have theorized that car racing does not translate well to the printed page because despite coloring and art tricks ultimately the page is static. Do you think a racing property could be maintained?

Nash:Well, that’s only a small part of it. Life In The Faster Lane is primarily about the Nudell family, R.O., Honey, and Mel. R.O. is a car guy and a racing fan so there have been racing jokes as a result. As for racing comics or novels, I think they can work if the stories are told well. You never know when someone will create a racing comic that fans fall in love with.

You have worked for small comic publishers and the self-publisher lulu.com. What attracts you most to self-publishing?

Nash:I don’t really self publish much. I self-published some comics back in the early 90’s, self published the script book we talked about earlier, and earlier this year I self published a Lance Star: Sky Ranger comic book based on the character appearing in the anthology series published by Airship 27. The rest of my work has been through publishers, some of whom have used print on demand technology to get the books into the hands of readers. I may self-publish a few more things in the future, but those will be special projects. One I’m planning for 2011 is a collection of my previously published and a few unpublished sci fi short stories I’ve written.

Besides comics and prose novels, have you written for any other media?

Nash:I dabble in different media whenever the opportunity presents itself. I have written a few screenplays, none of which have been produced as yet. It’s an interesting way to scratch a different creative itch than writing the comics and prose.

If you were trying to coerce a major comic company into letting you pen an existing character, which character(s) would you like to write in the future?

Nash:The Fantastic Four. I have been a huge fan of the FF for years and would like to take a crack at them one day.

You are from Atlanta, GA. We met briefly as you manned a table at a Charlotte, NC con, about three hours north of Atlanta. How far do you travel to promote your comics and writing in person?

Nash:My convention travel varies. I do sometimes travel to San Diego, New York, and Los Angeles, but for the most part I stay within a driving distance of seven to eight hours. It all depends on the convention, if they’re willing to help out with hotel cost or if they are charging for tables or not, or if there is someone else going I can split travel expenses with, which is always a big help. For the Charlotte one-day show where we met, I drove up with Mike Gordon, who was set up at the table next to mine. We split the gas money and good conversation made the three hour drive each way pass by quickly. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding which shows and signing events I attend.

Besides the convention circuit you also have www.bobbynash.com, twitter.com/bobbynash, facebook, comicspace, and the blogspot. Which of these seems to promote you to the largest set of new readers?

Nash:They each have their own unique charms. www.bobbynash.com is a bit out of date. I plan to do a complete overhaul in 2011. http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com is where I update news about my books, convention appearances, interviews, etc. www.facebook.com/bobbyenash and www.twitter.com/bobbynash are the places I post most often these days. I am all over the internet at various forums, networks, and the like. Promoting is a big part of my daily writing work.

In closing, what advice would you give to future writers?

Bobby Nash: Write what you enjoy. The fastest way to drive yourself crazy is to try to write what you assume will be the next new, hot property. Also, if you want to write for a living then you have to make sure you treat it as a job and meet your deadlines.

Great advice. Thanks for taking time to answer a few questions for us.

Bobby Nash:Thanks for the interview.

You can check out Bobby’s work at http://bobby-nash-news.blogspot.com, www.bobbynash.com, www.facebook.com/bobbyenash, www.twitter.com/bobbynash, and www.lance-star.com, among other places across the web. As always, discuss projects by Bobby on the Pryde forum.

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