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Spotlight – EverydayAbnormal

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Comic name: EverydayAbnormal

Creator name(s): Zomburai!

Genre: Urban fantasy (with some overlaps into action and horror)

Synopsis: You’ve been lied to. Under the surface of the world under your feet and in front of your eyes are things of magic and wonder and impossibility. Monsters and aliens and gods are real. The world is so much stranger than anyone’s let you believe. Standing between the dangers of the real world and the mundane one are the Agency of the Unnatural, an army of the strange, the unique, and the powerful that fight to keep civilians safe from dangers they can’t imagine… but no one can encounter the impossible without consequences.

EverydayAbnormal follows the terrifying and violent Nick Malphas, duplicitous investigator Lilith Kane, serene magus Uche Uzochi, modern-day samurai Murakami Asuka, lifelong soldier Russell Killian, sorcerous healer Rhine Liebowitz, and a few of the countless civilians who have seen the unexplainable and had their lives changed forever.

Link: http://everydayabnormal.thecomicseries.com

FB link: www.facebook.com/EverydayAbnormal

Twitter: @Zomburai

Patreon: www.patreon.com/Zomburai

 

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An Interview with Zomburai

 

1. When did you first come up with the idea for your Everyday Abnormal?

Zomburai: I’ve had ideas that would end up a part of EvAb for years, and I think the first seeds of it were planted when I read Marvels by Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek. I’m really, really fascinated by the idea that encountering the superhuman or the paranormal or just things that don’t belong has an effect on you, and is something that changes your character. The versions of the story that nobody ever saw were the versions that never really had that as a theme, and I’ve really grown to love seeing a character’s worldview change in these deep, profound ways as entertaining as seeing a brain monster.

 

2. What does your workspace look like (feel free to attach a photo if you’d like)? If you can add anything to it, what would it be?

Zomburai: The workspace is a disaster and will not be seen by my fellow Underdogs. But I like it that way. I’ll tell you the thing it really needs though: an actual, meant-for-work desk.

 

3. What’s your favorite time-sucking activity?

Zomburai: Dungeons & Dragons. When I don’t have a campaign going, reading comics. In winter, Seahawks football. I used to be a pretty dedicated video gamer, but I ended up having to make a choice whether the comic could survive regular week-long binges getting through the latest game, and I decided it could not, so I’m very picky about what games I get into now.

 

4 . Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?

Zomburai: Why would you make me choose? That’s like a Sophie’s choice of geekery.

If I had to choose one, it would be Lord of the Rings. There’s a lot of delectable moral ambiguity that I love in LotR, where you’ve got people doing horrifically evil or stupid things for noble reasons and evil people show the possibility of redemption. It doesn’t really get credit for being a challenging work, but it is.

 

5. If you were writing a clever interview question for the next spotlight, what would it be? Feel free to answer this question for yourself if you’d like!

Zomburai: “What’s your spirit animal? Mine’s Rocket Raccoon.”

 

6. Who is your biggest inspiration as an author? Who is your biggest inspiration as an artist?

Zomburai: As a writer, Christopher Priest (of Black Panther and The Crew). As an artist, Alex Maleev (of Daredevil and Scarlet).

 

7. Is there any recurring part of your comic you regret including because it’s a pain to draw?

Zomburai: I feel like you’re trying to get me to say Uche’s jacket, because everybody thinks Uche’s jacket would be horrible to draw all the time! But no, I don’t actually regret Uche’s jacket. It’s such a great design and it makes Uche look unique while still looking plausible. Actually, I more regret making the Corridor the way I did. A cityscape that goes on to infinity in all directions is a great idea that I’m still in love with, but every time I have to draw an establishing shot of it it ends up being a pain in my … life.

 

8. Tell us something about one of your characters that nobody else know.

Zomburai: Rhine’s been established as the “healing spell” guy. This is only a fraction of his power. It’s only a taste of what he can actually do. The actual theme of his abilities is something much more striking and he’s going to prove to be capable of some of the most amazing feats in the story as time goes on. Not bad for the kid that got removed as the point-of-view character for the series.

 

9. Has there ever been a book/movie/tv show/other comic/etc that you saw and thought, “I wish I had written that?” Tell us about it!

Zomburai: Avatar: The Last Airbender for quality reasons. It has everything that I like in series and does it better than almost anything else, and is truly all-ages in the best sense of the word. Scott Pilgrim (the comic specifically) for personal reasons. I identify with that comic so much. So damn much.

 

10. If you could incorporate one character from another comic (be it printed or web), who would that be? Would they have difficulty adjusting to the universe of your comic?

Zomburai: I’ve always wished I could do something with Judas Traveller, who was a villain in some terrible, terrible Spider-Man comics in the early-to-late 90s. The character was conceived as a reality-warper who was obsessed with mentally pulling people apart in order to figure out “the nature of Evil.” I think he’d actually fit better in EverydayAbnormal than he did in the Spider-Man comics!

Also, I really wish I’d come up with the character of Pepper from Monster Soup before its author TheGhost did, but then, I’m a sucker for characters so impulsive they get themselves into trouble. And werewolves.

 

11. Is the use of grayscale in your comic stylistic or a time-saving strategy?

Zomburai: It started out as a time-saver, because damn I am not as fast an artist as I want to be, but I’ve tried to work to B&W’s strengths and very carefully add color to make it work stylistically. I think it’s in a pretty good place right now, though I’ve never completely taken the idea of going to full color off the table.

 

12. What’s next for Everyday Abnormal?

Zomburai: Oh, man, crazy stuff.

So the last couple of chapters have focused on small-town drama (“Drowning in the Wake”), whimsical fantasy (“Acting Out”) and romantic comedy (“Personal Spaces”). “Personal Spaces” is almost done, and then there’s going to be the usual between-chapter break, and then we begin Chapter 8: “Long Way Down.” That’s a crime story that goes back to the horror of the first couple of chapters and has some crazy, overt magic that’s been missing. It digs into Nick Malphas’s past, and it is not pleasant. It’s going to change how readers see Nick from here on in and really impact the relationship between him and Lilith. The hiatus is going to see me get a new project up and running and keep trying to make the Patreon bonuses even better.

I’m going to be so busy over the next couple of months, but it’s going to be awesome.

 

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6 Comments

  1. I got more of a Steve Dillon vibe from your work Jon (a compliment, because Dillon is one of the most gifted storytellers in comics and easily in my top 10 of all-time favorite artists), but I can see some Alex Maleev now that you mention it. Speaking of art, this has been the prompt I need to get off my ass and do some EA fan-art. Stay tuned!

    • I will take comparisons to Dillon all the live long day. That guy is an absolutely amazing storyteller and second to absolutely none with his facial expressions.

      And that fanart rocked house!

  2. Alrighty, I went through the archives to take a look at this one. You know, I remember seeing this on Facebook way back when, too! If I recall, you had left off somewhere around Life Is A Battlefield. Though I, er, lost track since then. Sorry!

    Well, sheepish apologies aside, I must say, I’m impressed with how much progress your comic has made, both in the art department and in how the stories run. I really enjoyed The Promise and Acting Out in particular. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for happy endings, but still, I was the most invested in those stories. Drowning In The Wake, though, had kind of an unsatisfying ending. I don’t feel like that one was really resolved. I know there was sort of a revelation for the character, whom I found pretty unlikable even at the end, but he just…gave up. Maybe I missed something, but I didn’t really understand why he did. I felt like the story wasn’t over at all. Though to be honest, none of those stories seem really “over”, but for the rest, it’s more of a hint of possibilities than just a lack of resolution. I’d personally love to see more of Lilith and Mel, as well as Gen. Gen in particular is one of my favorites and I could see her having a major role in a future story. I’m hoping she and others like her make a return, because they are really interesting characters.

    That’s not to say the rest of your cast isn’t interesting. I’m somewhat fascinated by how Asuka’s mind works now that we’re seeing her story arc. She stands out the most to me, though for the most part, I find pretty much everyone fairly interesting to watch. I think the characters show themselves best in those little slice-of-life moments, like when everyone was watch X-Files. The more action and horror-oriented moments are still memorable, but I like that you can show those little moments too and make them stand out.
    I for one like the inclusion of greyscale, especially with skin tones.

    The art in general keeps on improving and the anatomy is pretty good. The backgrounds still seem kind of rough at times, though. The lines don’t look quite cleaned up. There are definitely some shots that look great and you show a pretty good sense of scale and perspective, especially in establishing shots, but other backgrounds end up looking rushed. Either way, though, it looks much more polished than the earlier stuff, so just keep working at it as you are.

    I admit this comic is more violent and racy than I normally read, but I did enjoy Everyday Abnormal nonetheless. Quite a bit, actually. I really want to keep reading, partly because the current story arc is hard to put down. I was actually disappointed when I reached the end. You might not hear from me much (especially when some of the edgier scenes crop up), but I’ll be lurking around.

    • I completely kept forgetting to come here and respond to this! I wasn’t ignoring!

      Thank you for all the kind words, melaredblu, seriously. That’s really, really gracious of you. The upcoming chapter is pretty rough, but I hope you stick through it, because I think it’s going to be the best story arc yet.

      Also, I’m sorry “Drowning in the Wake” didn’t do anything for you! I knew writing that arc the way I did wasn’t going to connect with everybody, but I hope you believe me when I say I feel very strongly that was the right way to finish that particular arc!

      Anyway, thanks again for the kind words. I will definitely rededicate myself to tightening up those backgrounds, too!

  3. I love the art of EverydayAbnormal, specially how Zomburai draws faces and expressions. I mostly agree with all the praises above, so I won’t repeat myself. I do like violence, so that’s a plus to me :)

    • Freelance, thank you very much! I struggled with the faces for a long, long time before I finally got them tightened up, so to get complimented on them means a lot to me. C':

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