The Re­turn of THB

Comic Heroes - - Interview -

Pope has hatched a cun­ning plan to re­vive his long-run­ning sci-fi epic THB – first pub­lished through his own Horse Press im­print in the mid-’90s – once he’s fin­ished with Bat­tling Boy.

“It’s funny be­cause the au­di­ence that I’ve al­ways had in mind for THB,” he says, “is the kind of kid who would read Dune, Star­ship Troop­ers or The

Lord Of The Rings for the first time. It’s just that in comics and the way the Amer­i­can mar­ket is set up, that au­di­ence is not re­ally catered for right now.

“I knew at some point that I had to stop THB as other­wise I would con­tinue to self-pub­lish for­ever, reach 5,000-8,000 people and make some kind of liv­ing by hav­ing this work that ex­ists but doesn’t meet its in­tended au­di­ence. Now I feel that the op­tion is for THB to fol­low Bat­tling Boy, for whom the read­er­ship would prob­a­bly be aged 10 years and up­wards. By the time Bat­tling Boy is done, those read­ers will be teenagers and they will be ready for some­thing a lit­tle bit more so­phis­ti­cated in terms of themes and plot­lines. There’s also the ques­tion of sex, which you re­ally wouldn’t put into a book for 12-year-olds as they’re still at that level of blush­ing and first crushes. For THB, some of the themes are more about pol­i­tics, eco­nom­ics and in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, things that by the time

Bat­tling Boy is done, those who want to read more will be ready for.”

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