Adam P Knave, DJ Kirkbirdge and Nicholas Brokenshire
The trio tell us about their new exploration in the world of Amelia Cole.
When Amelia Cole hit the comic scene in 2013, we were thrust into her dual worlds, drawn to perfection. Now the team are back with Amelia’s next outing and we caught up with them to find out more.
Tell us a little about Amelia Cole. APK:
Amelia Cole takes place over three worlds that are both similar to each other and vastly different. The root of the differences comes down to magic, or the lack thereof. One world is like our own, only science, no magic. Another is magic only. And the third is a blending of the two – which introduces new sets of socioeconomic problems. Amelia can travel between the worlds and this creates all sorts of issues. She just wants to do good, even if other people think she shouldn’t get involved in certain situations.
NB: At the start of the story, she’s fun loving and generally quite gungho. She likes to help people with her magic and seems to have quite a good time doing it.
DJK: Amelia is the kind of person I wish I was. She heads toward trouble instead of running away from it. She’s all about helping, and luckily, she’s a very powerful mage.
How did you differentiate between the three worlds artistically?
NB: It was really tricky because it wasn’t just a case of creating very different realities. The ‘Unknown World’ where magic and science exist together and the non-magic world were very similar in their general appearance although the Unknown world’s technology is a bit behind the regular world. Thus, you’ll see older cars, no mobile phones, no Internet or satellite dishes in the Unknown world. Also the Unknown world has a bit of a mish-mash of dress styles. That was put in to hopefully convey the weirder aspect to this semi-magical world. It was easier when I got to portray the ‘magic only’ world because it was more whimsical and weird. It was all weird bulbous, floating buildings and so forth.
DJK: At one point I think I was pushing for a kind of different colour scheme or wash or something for each world, but that was too obvious. We did take pains to make sure the Blended (née Unknown) World wasn’t quite as technologically advanced as ours and not as fantastical as the Magic World. It was tricky and kind of subtle for a comic.
It got kinda crazy when we started going back and forth and back again between all three worlds in book four, but we never got any complaints from confused readers, so Nick clearly pulled the whole thing off with aplomb.
What did you do to make Amelia stand out so much? NB:
I think that Amelia’s nature is perhaps the most attractive aspect of the story. She’s unrelentingly a good person and genuinely wants to help, as opposed to say, Buffy Summers ( Buffy The Vampire
Slayer) who had the responsibility forced upon her as a teenager. She’s not a bubble headed do-gooder though, she’s still smart and sassy, just a very good person. I think a lot of people have latched onto that. Also – the Avengers have a Hulk, Amelia has a Lemmy.
DJK: Ah, that’s a good one, Nick. Now I want to see Lemmy and Hulk arm wrestle.
How’d Lemmy, King of Golems come about? NB:
When Adam and DJ first proposed that we give Amelia a sidekick, they described him as a
Above: The Amelia
ColeOmnibus is out on 14 June. The first collection of OnceAnd FutureQueen will be available in November