Today is the release day of our newest series: Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven! We're interviewing legendary writer, Chuck Dixon, writer of this series and other Zenescope fan favorites.
Zenescope: Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven is set in India, did you have to do a lot of research when writing this series or did you already have a working knowledge of the culture?
Dixon: I did a number of comics for Graphic India set in India and intended form an Indian audience. In addition to watching PILES of Bollywood movies, I spent a lot of time talking with my editors. I’m in no way going to explain I’m an expert ion India, but for the purposes of a comic book, I did my homework.
Zenescope: Do you prefer reinventing characters with a solid backstory or completely building a new character from scratch?
Dixon: They both have their challenges and rewards, But it’s often easier to step into a series that already has a following and of plenty of good will from readers. I can take advantage of what the creators before me have done and try and build off of that. I’m not here to re-invent anything. My job is to give the fans more of what they like about the characters and their stories.
Zenescope: Does Zenescope differ in any way from other publishers you’ve worked with?
Dixon: They rank up there with the more professional outfits I’ve done work for. But they’re a fun bunch as well. They trust me with the material and are very specific with changes they want when I get it wrong.
Zenescope: How is Sword of Heaven different from Liesel’s other adventures?