Review Fix chats with “The Island” creator Diego Guerra, who discusses the origins and influences of his webcomic.
About “The Island”:
After a war, Anant, an Indian scientist, arrives at an apparently deserted island in New England Coast. There he finds two sisters, Pamela and Janice, and Peony Hill, a ghost town full of stray cats. The three become in a love triangle, and they face many enemies from different sources.
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Review Fix: What inspired this comic?
Diego Guerra: Well, last year we heard a lot in the media about a possible new World War. Probably more than ever. And I was thinking, “What could happen if the USA and Russia fall down, what would be the new world order?” That, and, I think I always wanted to tell a story about some kind of love triangle between a boy and two sisters.
Review Fix: How is it different from your previous work?
Guerra: I always worked for printed comics or animation for TV and movies. In both cases, there’s a great distance between you and the audience. But The Island is a webcomic, my first one, And you can get an immediate feedback from the audience in webcomics, it’s like “making comics just in front of the people”. Readers comment a lot, give you good vibes, critiques, they make jokes about the situations told in the webcomic. You feel that the audience are real people, you even feel they’re your friends. And that’s awesome.
Review Fix: What makes this comic special?
Guerra: It’s a Post Apocalypse adventure told from a completely original point of view. Action, romance, comedy, and tragedy mixed as never before I think.
Review Fix: What creators do you think have influenced you the most?
Guerra: Milo Manara, Mark Schultz, and Jaime Hernandez, among many others.
Review Fix: How do you want it to be remembered?
Guerra: As a 21st-century comic, with storytelling elements from the classic comic Strips of the past, telling a story about the future.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Guerra: The Island is just beginning. I’m finishing the first Act, I’m looking forward to making four more acts, like an ancient Shakespeare Play.
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Guerra: Please, read The Island, help me avoid World War III. Webcomics are the future.