FAQs from 1999

Here are some FAQs from back in 1999.

Kurt Pierce asks:
Is Doc Horror a werewolf? In the books, he gives himself injections to keep him form becoming something, and Halloween Girl goes on and on about how much she loves werewolves. I also noticed in the back of Black Planet, the pages excluded from the story, where Doc Horror seems to grow fangs and hair. If so, how did he become a werewolf?
Thanks-Kurt

Dan Brereton replies:
Kurt-
its not that categorical- but something like that- It's a story i have to tell to myself first before I can tell it to everyone else- but it has to do with his body fighting off something he picked up in the past that would have made him a monster, yes. a werewolf that howls at the moon and can be killed by silver bullets, etc, etc, ? no. but close. Eve's fascination with the Jack Howler character is supposed to be symbolic of her love and admiration of her father, for sure. so you're really pretty much on track.
db

1) Do you do sketches at conventions? If so, what is the range of options/prices?

I used to do more sketches, ranging from free ones to up to 300 for a watercolor commission done at the show...but I started seeing things Id let go very inexpensively, or for free, show up on Ebay and for much more than the ownder paid; I started to feel taken-advantage of to a certain degree only because if I had thought that the gift I was makig of a free drawing, especially, would be sold at a later date to turn a profit, I dont think I would have been so generous. Even sketches i let go for ten dollars were selling for upwards of 60 or 70 bucks and these were by people I actually know!

Now I am very particular and I dont do as many favors...commissioned con peices are usually black and white or color pieces and start at around 200. they are worth it, I feel, for the amount of work I put into them, and I still manage to lose lots of sleep in the hotel room during the con doing them. I will , however still do free sketches for kids and I have been known to make exceptions for a few people: like when I meet a girl who reads comics: I am always happy and surpised to see more women reading comics, which I encourage, so I tend to defer to them ( also, I am weak).

2) Of all the writers with whom you have worked: Beau Smith, Howard Chaykin, Walter Simonson, etc. who did you learn the most about writing from? Who was the most enjoyable to work with? As a fan of these great creators, who is your 'favorite' at storytelling?

I learned from every writer I ever worked with. I would have to say that Walter (Legends Of The World's Finest) was the most enjoyable, Howard ( Thrillkiller, Thrillkiller 62)was the most intense, and Beau( the Black Terror) was the most entertaining. Jim Hudnall,( The Psycho) was the most driven. They all drove me to do the best work I could, and their confidences in me as a storyteller led me to get up the guts to try my hand at writing my own stuff, which I am very hapy about. Howard Chaykin is the guy I have to thank for giving me a sort of kick in the ass when it came to sitting down and actually writing the Nocturnals.

3) How did your relationship with Rob Zombie come about? What do you think of his artwork?

His obvious musical talents aside, I think Rob is a really talented artist: I like his drawings quite a bit, actually, which is why I asked him to contribute a pin-up to Witching Hour. I wanted his unique style in the pin-up gallery and he did a really nice job. I also think hes a sharp designer as well.

Rob hired me to work on the 3rd Crow film when he was to write and direct it.I read his script and saw, and still do, great potential for a really unique and entertaining horror/action flick. I did three paintings of characters from the story which were used as production art and shown at a film festival in Italy back in 97. After that Rob hired me to do some other jobs and we have talked abotu working together on some kind of comics project as well.

4) Did Clive Barker give any insight or input on your adaptation of his story 'Dread'?

Not really. I talked with him before I started and got his blessing: he really seemed to be happy that I was adapting the story; he's a terrific guy and a gentleman. Ultimately, I wasnt all that happy with DREAD: In retrospect, I feel is wasn't a good story to adapt as a comic, at least not the way it was done; they tried a little too hard to keep as much of Clive's prose in the story as possible, to keep faithful to the original, which is a nice sentiment, but all it did was bog down the stroy as a comic book work. Instead of the coimcs format doing the work, the storytelling was replaced by endless captions..it was too bad. My favorite thing about the book is the cover...I felt I nailed the story's essence with that cover....

5) What artists or creators do you enjoy (current an/or 'classic)?

THIS IS A LOONG LIST....
NC WYETH
GENE COLAN
BRUCE TIMM
JOHN BUSCEMA
RONNIE DELCARMEN
FRANK FRAZETTA
ALEX TOTH
DEAN CORNWELL
JOHN SINGER SARGEANT
JACK KIRBY
MIKE MIGNOLA
STEVE PURCELL
ART ADAMS
MOEBIUS
JORDI BERNET
FRANK ROBBINS
WILLIAM STOUT
GIL ELVGREN
JAY STEPHENS
ADAM WARREN
MERCER MAYER
MAURICE SENDAK
BILL PEET
TRAVIS CHAREST
KEVIN NOWLAN
DAVID WILLIAMS
ERIC PIGORS
IAN MCKAIG
PHIL BARLOW
HAYAO MIYAZAKI
JAMES GURNEY

6) Have you ever considered doing screenplays?

Yes. I am about to wrassle with that medium very soon.

7) Hey, Dan, I was just wondering...what kind of music do you listen to? I'm always interested in what some of my favorite artists listen to...you never know. I hear Bradstreet listens to a lot of Pantera...just curious.

Here's list of some of the stuff Im listening to these days:
Black Sabbath
Alice In Chains
Sneaker Pimps
White Zombie
Rob Zombie
Metalllica
Megadeth
Bride of Chucky Movie Soundtrack
The Faculty movie soundtrack
AC/DC
Soundgarden
Sarah McLachlan
Souxie and the Banshees
Powerman 5000
Chemical Brothers
Prodigy
Cranberries
John Coltrane
Charlie Parker
Beck
Ciba Matto
Blue Oyster Cult
Mazzy Star
Beastie Boys
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Stray Cats

movie scores by:
John Williams ( star wars , etc)

8) If you were to cast for a movie version of the Nocturnals- who would you cast for each character? Would you want to do the screenplay yourself or would you trust someone else to do it? Who would you like to direct it?

I'm sort of keeping all that casting stuff to myself, because it sounds really lame to sit there and cast a project that's not even in existence yet, you know? For me , anyway: I'm more interested in hearing what all of you think about that.

As far as directors: David Fincher, Tim Burton, Roger Avary, Luc Besson, Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh, Tony Scott, Guillermo Del Toro all come to mind, but like I said, I prefer not to daydream about it. Lastly, yes, I would want first crack at the script. I have clear-cut ideas about how to adapt it and simplify the story without losing anything. But as far a writer to come in and take up the reigns if my script was turned down? Ken Sanzel, Roger Avary, Andrew Kevin Walker and Mark Protosevich come to mind... Im not picky, exactly....