Review Fix chats with “Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus” writer John Arcudi, who discusses the allure of the noir genre, as well as his goals for the series and his working relationship with comic veterans and colleagues Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart.
Review Fix: What attracted you to the Lobster Johnson series?
John Arcudi: 1930’s NYC pulp noir? What’s not to love?
Review Fix: How will this current adventure be different than the other LJ tales?
Arcudi: It examines a bit more closely the political climate of the world in the early 1930s and how that impacts the Lobster and his environment. This dynamic also allows us to look a bit more closely at some pre-existing characters in the Hellboy universe.
Review Fix: Lobster Johnson has a distinct noir feel that fans love. Why do you think, after all these years, noir still appeals to readers?
Arcudi: Who can say, but for me I think the noir aesthetic is very appealing. Lots of shadows to play with, dramatic compositions to be exploited. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what plays into its popularity.
Review Fix: Before you started this series, what were your goals for yourself? What was your intention?
Arcudi: Pretty much my only intention ever in my career has been simply to tell a story. Just tell a story, and as any writer will tell you, that’s plenty hard enough. I also wanted to tie a few things together that we’ve seen in the HB universe, but all of that is 2nd to telling a story.
Review Fix: What is it like to work with Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart?
Arcudi: Mike’s always been very generous. He really let’s me do what I do, and doesn’t try to force me into a mold. He figures that’s the way to get the best work out of somebody, and I think that’s true.
Dave is incredible, of course. Anybody can see that with every job he does, and believe me, we all appreciate what his work on BPRD, Hellboy, Abe, Lobster Johnson, etc. adds to the books. Who can even imagine what the line would be like without Dave Stewart? But the artist I worked with on this book, “Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus” is the truly talented Sebastian Fiumara, and he was a joy to work with. He really makes some compelling and provocative storytelling choices. This was the first opportunity I had to work with Sebastian and I was very, very happy with the way we meshed. Really hope that we’ll work together again soon. Soon and often.
Review Fix: How do you want this Lobster Johnson run to be remembered in a few years?
Arcudi: Remembered? I hope we’re still doing LJ stories in a few years and beyond.