Review Fix chats with â€œChildren of Genesisâ€ writer and creator Brian Brennan, who discusses his love of comics, the origin of the series and so much more.
Review Fix: How did you know a career in comics was for you?
Brennan: I guess since I was a wee lad no older than four or five. My neighbor Anthony (Childhood best friend) and I would make stapled together construction paper comics in his â€œBig Roomâ€ (thatâ€™s what we called/call it). We did this Since before our parents trusted us with the stapler and we had to bring them our epic stick figure comic stories to staple together. Somewhere along the line, I guess in my mid-teens I lost interest, and I gained more interest in women and other manners of Tom foolery. Which meant less time for my stories and other flights of childhood fancy.
About a decade later at twenty-three with some disposable income, for reasons unbeknownst to me I started buying up all the things I loved from my childhood. Action figures, comics, video games, and box sets of my favorite Saturday morning cereal and onesie cartoon series. Then my first son was conceived which seemingly only redoubled my efforts to journey down the childhood love and interest rabbit hole.
After my first sonâ€™s birth is when I first had the Idea for Children of Genesis. I woke in the middle of the night from a dream or maybe a nightmare actually, grabbed my journal and wrote. The whole story is derived from those eight pages of chicken scratch written through one barely awake half slitted eye. I finally knew for sure in my adulthood making comics is something I want to do for the rest of my life about halfway through the process of coming up with the first outline and doing the concept art.
I found myself with my childhood friend Anthony in his art studio (Heâ€™s and Amazing Painter) which is directly under the aforementioned â€œBig Roomâ€. I had told him â€œI have an idea for a comicâ€ and elaborated at length one night drunk at a party. Days or maybe weeks later he called and told me that he loved Children of Genesis wanted to help me through the initial draft and concept process. After trying many occupations in my life and being good at most of them none of those things provided the same satisfaction as the process of creating my comic. Iâ€™ve built dozens of houses and buildings or just done work in thousands, flipped burgers, stocked shelves and none compared to the culmination of the test print of my first comic being placed in my hands. That moment is only overshadowed by the birth of my sons or their first words, steps, day of school, etc.â€¦
Review Fix: Who inspires you creatively?
Brennan: Firstly, me and my family, but my influences are quite vast. So, I guess Iâ€™ll stick to my favorites. The Works and lives of Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Stan lee, Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Tod McFarlane, Jack Kirby, Jean Giraud Moebius, Guy Richie, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, or songs like 99 Luft balloons, Devils right hand, and Strange Creature to name just a few inspirations that come to mind. Books, comics, movies, and music are among my top creative inspirations, but then thereâ€™s inspiration to motivation. As far as motivation goes while there are many, none are more influential or forefront in my mind than the â€œBook of Five Ringsâ€ by Miyamoto Musashi. Also, to quote my great grandfather that I never had the pleasure to meet, He once said to my father who in turn passed it to me. â€œA day that goes by that you learned nothing was a wasted day.â€ I try to apply this quote to many things not just learning such as â€œA Day I didnâ€™t work on my craft to attain my dream of creating comics was a wasted day.â€
Review Fix: How are your comics different or special?
Brennan: Alien science, no holds barred gory violence, sprinkled with philosophy and levity I think Children of Genesis will be an experience unlike any other comic ever. There will be recognizable tropes, but hopefully said tropes will feel fresh and not only that I genuinely think Iâ€™m breaking new ground. I havenâ€™t read anything like Children of Genesis although admittedly I havenâ€™t read nearly enough to know that for sure. Also, most importantly me and my off the wall banana brained imagination. You canâ€™t get ME anywhere else.
Review Fix: What about this comic? Sell us. Sell us hard.
Brennan: Children of Genesis is a Sci-Fi action drama coming of age story unlike any other. An Ancient Upsylon alien Scientist named Hemmingfirth and his A.I. spaceship cohort, abduct and raise 96 human children to reach beyond the limits of physical and mental human excellence. The first volume is subtitled Agoge and itâ€™s just that. Those 96 children are released into the dangerous wilds of the alien planet Relpek to make sure they are up to the tasks that lay ahead of them in the ensuing volumes. The way Iâ€™ve written Children of Genesis the stakes that seem so high right out of the gate only get more and more insurmountable. Also, there is a free 12-page comic PDF linked near the top of the Indiegogo campaign, but Iâ€™ll post it here as well. (Please NOTE* that the book has since been re-lettered. So, while this is the finalized dialog the arrangement of the bubbles has been changed and will be different than the print version.) https://www.dropbox.com/s/iv7xcxbo599zcjl/COGVol0.108.pdf?
Review Fix: Who do you think will dig it the most?
Brennan: Sci-Fi, comic, manga, anime, young adult, and adult fans alike. I think there is something for everyone in my humble and expansive Devoid Comics Universe. Other than Children of Genesis I have another comic I want to make that is a homage or a love letter to Frank Frazettaâ€™s style and subject matter. Hopefully that grabs the fantasy, Barbarian, ancient alternative history, sword, and shield crowd to what Iâ€™m trying to do here
Review Fix: How do you want your books to be remembered?
Brennan: The works of Brian Brennan were (insert competence level here) done with imagination and creativity. He brought new sci-fi ideas and he put new spin on old tropes. I feel like thatâ€™s too lofty a hope, but still, thatâ€™s the one Iâ€™m aiming for.
Review Fix: What are your long-term goals for your work?
Brennan: As a first-time comic book creator, the first goal is to get the people to read my work. The next goal is for the people to anticipate my work. So, seeing as I have 50,000 words, 14 issues and 5 volumes worth of scripts ready to start art on, the next goal would be to continue making Children of Genesis comics as is and in full color for years to come. The absolute loftiest dream would be to do Animated shorts or full-fledged full-length animations. That would take place in the 18-year leap that happens between pages seven and eight in Children of Genesis issue 1.
Review Fix: Whatâ€™s next?
Brennan: Right now, Iâ€™m waiting for a batch of prints of Children of Genesis issue 1. My next script Children of Genesis issue 2 is ready to go to the artist NOW. I wish I could start the next issue right now, but itâ€™ll have to wait. Also, Iâ€™ve been toying with the idea to run three concurrent timelines. I have Agoge already started, and Iâ€™d like to do two others. The first, a prequel with the working title â€œThe Genesis filesâ€ is even harder Sci-fi than Agoge; and the second, volume five with the working title â€œThe Gardenâ€ is a hot start where all the superhero stuff begins on Earth.
Review Fix: Where can people find out more?
Brennan: People can find me in one of a few places.
*The author of this interview served as an editor on one book in the Children of Genesis series