Interview: Life of Agony's Alan Robert Discusses His New Horror Comic, 'Crawl to Me'
The Life Of Agony bassist discusses his new comic series, "Crawl to Me." Plus enter to win a custom Dean Deceiver X designed by Robert.
Crawl to Me deals with a lot of dark themes. What can you tell us about the inspiration behind this story?
Crawl to Me was originally inspired by my family moving into an old house on the side of a mountain, last winter. The place we moved into had a creepy-ass basement with a crawl space that sat underneath the main living area. Having grown up a city kid my whole life, this was a big change for me. Anyway, that experience was the initial spark for the Crawl to Me story. But, as I developed the characters and started thinking about the story more in terms of a
psychological thriller, the premise got darker and darker. I've always been a fan of films like The Sixth Sense and The Others—stories with shocking twist endings. I always wanted to do something like that myself, and this was my chance. The ending for Crawl to Me is completely disturbing and unexpected. I'm so excited for that big reveal. It's gonna be awesome to drop that bomb on people keeping up with the series.
When it comes to comics, who would you cite as your biggest influences and why?
There are a three main books that changed the way I looked at comics and inspired me to create my own. Those would be: 1. Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison & Dave McKean 2. Sin City by Frank Miller 3. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.
But, other than comics, I'm hugely influenced by film. In fact, creating comics for me are more like creating storyboards for a movie. The biggest challenge with approaching it like that is that you're kind of working at a disadvantage. Movies have music and sound-effects that establish moods, tempo and help pace the way the story unfolds. With comics, you don't have the luxury of incorporating those audio elements to help tell your story, so you gotta make do with what ya got. You have to create dramatic pauses or crescendos visually, or through the use of language. That aspect of it is very interesting to me and you'll find that in my comics, color and lighting effects are amped up to help create the right mood for the scenes. I learn more and more about pacing tricks with every issue I do.
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Your first series, Wire Hangers, is also slated to become a feature film. What’s the status on that project?
That's right! My production company, Wasted Talent Entertainment, acquired the rights to produce the Wire Hangers film. Ted Adams (30 Days of Night) will Executive Produce and Jeff Mazzola (ZAM Entertainment) will also be on board as a producer. I'm happy to announce that we will be shooting a live-action trailer for the Wire Hangers film in the coming months. Right now, we're in the process of collaborating with an amazing visual effects company out in California to produce the storyboards for the sequence. The clip will be based on actual scenes from the graphic novel and it's gonna be an absolute thrill seeing them come to life. I'll be sure to tweet pics from the set. More on all that real soon...
Along with these projects, you still manage to make time for music. Can you tell us what’s been going on in the Life of Agony and Spoiler NYC camps?
Life of Agony just got back from Europe where we did a handful of festival performances. All of the LOA guys have their own individual projects that keep us really busy so we actually don't have any more dates planned this year. Sal is kickin' major ass with his band A Pale Horse Named Death, and we're all super proud of him, Keith just finished up a record for his side project, The Neptune Darlings, Joey is working hard producing bands at his Method of Groove recording studio, and I've got all these Crawl to Me comic deadlines to hit. It makes it difficult to juggle it all sometimes, but it's all about being creative and staying focused. My punk band, Spoiler NYC, will be working on new material for the Wire Hangers movie soundtrack as we get closer to a production schedule.
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