Interview with Dan Wright – Writer of ‘Queller’
So a few days ago, our illustrious leader Eoin interviewed DanWright, writer of soon-to-published Lightning Strike story, ‘Queller’, with art by Ger Hankey. Check it out below.
1.) Lightning Strike: So Dan what got you so interested in writing comic books?
Dan Wright: Actually, my main area of writing is novels primarily. However, I did used to read a ridiculous amount of comics when I was younger and did actually write a script for a comic book –which sadly never saw the light of day. But I am interested in the concept of writing a comic, it’s completely unlike writing a movie or a novel as you’re relying on still pictures to tell the story and quick paced dialogue. You need to take into account space on the page and what each image should convey, so it does require a lot of discipline and visualisation. But it’s fun at the same time and I hope to do more of it in the future.
2.) L.S.: Do you follow any particular process when composing a script or coming up with a story idea?
D.W.: Not really – although I do like to plan out the story arc and characters first before sitting down to write it.Because my main love is for Fantasy and Superhero type fiction, I tend to draw on a lot of influences from within that area and apply certain aspects to whatever story I happen to be working on. Of course, you still need to make it your own story!
For Queller, I knew I wanted to do a superhero type story – but try and inject a bit of humour to it. These days, Superhero stories tend to be a little dark and rather depressing, but I kinda prefer the campy nature of earlier stories. Queller was my attempt at injecting a little humour within the Superhero genre.
Queller Page 1 Line Art
3.) L.S.: What was it like collaborating with Ger Hankey as artist on this story?
D.W.: Ger has been amazing! He has a very cartoony sort of art style that fits perfectly with Queller and really adds to the humour of the piece. It also helps that he seems to like the project and likes the same things that I do. He’s also full of ideas himself so he can put his own spin on this story and add his own stamp to it.
What I love most about his art style is the expressions of his characters – especially on the Queller. No matter what, I always seem to chuckle when the Queller pulls a face, Ger is able to capture the humour perfectly. He’s a fantastic artist and I’m pleased to be working with him on this.
4.) L.S.: How did you feel when you first saw the finished story?
D.W.: I was just blown away by it! In fact my first thought was “this is from MY idea?” It’s one thing putting your ideas on paper – it’s another entirely seeing the finished project. I’m really excited about it and I hope that others will feel the same when the read it!
5.) L.S.: What do you think makes Queller so unique as a character?
D.W.: Unlike most other superheroes,he isn’t doing it because of some personal tragedy, or because he feels it’s his responsibility to protect the world – but because he’s living his dream. He’s being a superhero just because he wants to. But he doesn’t realise that there is a lot of hard work that has to go through it. And because he’s given an alien technology that he doesn’t understand, he usually ends up causing more destruction than good!
To be fair to him, he’s living out every kid’s dream in being a hero. I kinda see him as a kind of “Frank Spencer” sort of hero. He means well, but because he underestimates his own powers, the results are usually more hilarious than heroic.
6.) L.S.: Do you have any future comic projects in the works at the moment?
D.W.: Not really. However, I do have a couple of Fantasy novels out at the moment (one of which included some Manga style artwork), with more to follow in the year. However, I do have some ideas that could be turned into comics in the future – it’s just a question of deciding how to make them work and finding the right artist for them.
7.) L.S.: What can readers look forward to in future stories about Queller?
D.W.: In the next story I intend to introduce the villains of the piece. As the story progresses we’ll learn more about the Queller suit and why it was created. But also we have some huge battles coming up with the baddies. I won’t spoil anything beyond that – but suffice to say, anyone who’s seen the show Megas XLR will know the kind of fights to expect!