Friday, October 28, 2005

Q&A With The Makers of "Broken," The Comic Book

HollyShorts recently had the opportunity to catch up with two innovators, Brian Erzen and Lonny Chant of the hit independent comic book "Broken." The comic is story of a broken relationship, friends drifting apart, the silliness of "scenes" and how real life claims us all. Erzen wrote the story and Chant handled the artwork.

It's easy to talk about launching a project but it's another thing to get it off the ground and running a business.

HS:How did you guys come up with the concept for this comic?

BE: Lonny mentioned on the phone that he had a story idea, and wanted to know if I'd be interested in writing up a story that took elements of out real life and create this fictional story.

LC: Yeah, it's based LOOSELY on life experience.

HS: How many issues have been released to the public?

BE: Issue 1 is available for sale right now at, currently finishing up issue 2-3, and the overall story is plotted and it will be 6 issues.

HS: Would you be interested in formulating this comic book into a feature film if the proper offer came?

BE: The concept and the characters can be grown outside the comic book medium, but for the time being we are more interested in finding a publisher.

HS: What does it take for someone to take an idea and bring it to fruition like you guys did?

BE: Lots of discussion, compromise and dedication.

HS: What kind of tradeshows have you guys attended to promote the comic?

BE: We went to the APE, SPX, and the San Diego Comic Convention.

HS: Where do you see this heading in the next 2 years?

BE: The 6 issue story arch will be completed and the whole story will be in a trade paperback, as well as working on new ideas..

HS: What are some comic books that have influenced you the most?

LC: So many to name. Recently it's been the losers, ultimates, planetary and of course WE3. My favorite books and stories are the Dark Knight, X-Men Phoenix Saga, Hellboy, 100Bullets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Crow.

BE: Some of my favorite books are Sandman, X-Men, and Preacher, 100 Bullets.

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