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...
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.