Thursday, April 08, 2010
Newsarama: Raising the Stakes with the Finale of Top Cow's IMPALER Vol 2
Although dead at heart, vampires have lived on for centuries and seem to be more alive now than ever both in film, television, books, and comics. Comics writer William Harms introduced a unique new take on the vampire mythos several years back with the debut of Impaler, turning vampires from alluring individuals into the encompassing horde bent on world domination. After a conflict that had been raging for centuries in secret, the vampires made their presence known and landed on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and promptly began a full-scale takeover of the entire country. With survivors few and far between, the recent issues of Impaler have focused on three groups of survivors, from a detective trying to get back with his family across the country and a withering group of soldiers holed up in the nation’s capitol.
After several months of delay after the release of Impaler #4 from the second volume, Top Cow bundled the two final issues into one double-sided book to give fans a satisfying chunk to finish off the second volume. But as readers of Impaler #5 can tell you, the story’s not over yet. We talked with both the writer and artist about rounding out the second volume and the future of Impaler.
Newsarama: For fans, the fifth issue of Impaler was a long time coming – but having this last issue being double-sized is a bonus. Guys, can you explain the delays with this?
William Harms: We basically underestimated how much time it'd take to complete an issue. This was Matt's first ongoing comic gig, and since he did all of the art himself, it just took him longer than we thought it would. Some people have joked that Matt was off playing World of WarCraft or something, but that wasn't the case - he was working the entire time. The poor guy even skipped family vacations so that he could stay home and keep drawing.
Matt Timson: I’d love to be able to blame somebody else, but the fact is, the delays all along were simply down to the amount of time it takes me to draw. When I initially took the job on, I had some concerns about my speed, but we all agreed that I would probably get faster as I went along. Unfortunately, that never really happened, or if it did, I seemed to offset that by making the work more detailed and time consuming in other ways.
Read the full interview here.