Eric Stephen­son

As a pub­lisher, Eric Stephen­son guides the course of Im­age Comics, but as a writer he is best known for Nowhere Men. Will Salmon finds out more about its long-awaited re­turn...

Comic Heroes - - CONTENTS -

The Im­age Pub­lisher and writer of Nowhere Men tells all about the book’s re­turn.

We all knew that it would be an up­hill bat­tle to re­con­nect with our read­ers

Comic Heroes: For those who missed the first se­ries, how would you sum up Nowhere Men?

Eric Stephen­son: The four most fa­mous sci­en­tists in the world band to­gether to form a com­pany with the lofty goal of mak­ing the world a bet­ter place, but when things start to go wrong and they all fall out, the world may wind up pay­ing the price. The new se­ries is the sec­ond half of the story and deals with the fall­out from the events in the first trade.

CH: You’re work­ing with some new artists – Dave Tay­lor and Emi Lenox. What do they bring to the world of Nowhere Men?

ES: I was just look­ing at new pages from Dave, so this in­ter­view is well-timed! What I love about Dave is that his work shares many of the same char­ac­ter­is­tics as [pre­vi­ous Nowhere Men artist] Nate Bel­le­garde’s with­out be­ing a slav­ish im­i­ta­tion. Dave very much does his own thing and, as the book pro­gresses, he’s re­ally kind com­ing into his own. He was great al­ready, but he’s re­ally blos­som­ing as we bar­rel ahead into this thing.

With Emi it’s pretty sim­ple. I wanted to have a por­tion of this arc be de­voted to Mon­ica Strange’s sketch di­ary, and there re­ally wasn’t an­other choice. I think what Emi does with her own work in Emi­town is lovely.

CH: The se­ries makes art­ful use of text pages and graphic de­sign as well as “stan­dard” comic pages. What was your in­ten­tion with these pages?

ES: It was a dif­fer­ent way of get­ting more in­for­ma­tion into the comic with­out over­bur­den­ing the artist. It was a way to flesh out the world with­out re­quir­ing Nate or Dave to draw an en­tire 30 pages ev­ery is­sue. CH: Mu­sic is very im­por­tant to

Nowhere Men. Did it in­flu­ence the di­rec­tion of the plot?

ES: Ab­so­lutely. Part of my orig­i­nal in­spi­ra­tion was that line, “and the

Right: Mon­ica’s dream di­ary re­alised by the ace Emi Lenox.

Be­low: Is­sue seven is the first of the new se­ries, but it’s very much a con­tin­u­a­tion of Book One.

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