Mike Carey and Mike Perkins

They made a splash with Doc­tor Faus­tus and later Spel­lBin­ders. Now they’re work­ing to­gether again on a haunted house story with a twist for Boom. Joel Mead­ows finds out more...

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Talk their an­noy­ingly punc­tu­ated Rowans Ruin.

Comic He­roes: The as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the two of you goes back a num­ber of years, to Cal­iber, is that cor­rect?

Mike Perkins: Yes, Doc­tor Faus­tus [in 1997] was the first thing we worked on to­gether…

Mike Carey: And it was al­ready ap­par­ent then that there was some kind of a chem­istry. Mike was liv­ing in Poland and I was amazed at the ex­tent he went to [in or­der to] get the vis­ual ref­er­ence right for the ar­chi­tec­ture on Faus­tus, go­ing around to me­dieval sites. So we’ve al­ways come back to work to­gether…

MP: And clicked and got on well to­gether. I think the thing is, and I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but Mike forces me to be bet­ter through his scripts. That’s one of the things I love about it…

MC: And what I love about work­ing with Mike is that he’ll just do a rough sketch of a char­ac­ter and I can al­ready see how that char­ac­ter would talk and where they’re com­ing from. It’s like he cre­ates this per­fect stage for sto­ry­telling. So again and again we’ve come back into each other’s or­bit.

CH: What was the start­ing point

for Rowans Ruin [sic]?

MC: We talked about how cool it would be to do a cre­ator-owned book or se­ries, and this grew out of that. There were a num­ber of ideas that we talked about.

MP: I think we got to­gether about two years ago in Strat­ford Upon Avon. Ba­si­cally we went over a few projects – I’ve had dif­fer­ent things in my mind for a while that I just haven’t been able to get around to writ­ing, [be­cause] it’s very dif­fi­cult to switch from a writ­ing brain to a draw­ing brain. So I just went to Mike and said: “Okay, these are my ideas, I want you to turn them into some­thing.”

Above: “It isn’t just a haunted house mys­tery,” Mike Carey re­veals. “It’s as much about the two women and their psy­chol­ogy.”

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