Recently I had the chance to interview the author of Sally of the Wasteland, Victor Gischler. Dr. G and I go way back, to like the almost 90’s. I first met him at RSU in Oklahoma where he was my creative writing, and then later Fiction writing professor. I eventually left RSU to serve in the Army, then try my hand at professional stand-up, then a plethora of other fields before I found 8DAG. Dr. G left Oklahoma for Louisiana where his professional writing career has blossomed. He’s gone on to write for Marvel (see X-Men, Punisher, Deadpool Corps), as well as publish numerous books.
Last week I DL’d Oyster, because it recently became available for Android, and the first 3 books I added to my reading list were Go-Go Girls Of The Apocalypse, Vampire a Go-Go, , and The Deputy. I was halfway through Go-Go Girls Of The Apocalypse when I received the email saying I could review Sally Of The Wasteland by Victor Gischler, and interview the author. It was like the universe wanted this to happen (or maybe the apocalypse is near and I’m receiving early warning from the nether). I reviewed the comic (see our review) and then I interviewed the author. Following is what was discussed.
8Dag: How did you get involved with Titan Comics?
8Dag: How were you paired up with Tazio Bettin?
8Dag: What approach do you take to writing a comic? Do you create the entire scene with all the details or do you leave atmosphere and other details up to the artist?
8Dag: Where do you see Sally Of The Wasteland going? Is it an on-going or something shorter? Say 6-10 issues?
8Dag: I loved the crawgators. Can we expect to see more animal mash-ups?
8Dag: Would you say Sally’s world is anywhere near the world of Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse?
8Dag: What inspired Sally of the Wasteland? Other post-apocalyptic stories or comics? Louisiana? The idea of a tasty fried crawfish/gator treat?
8Dag: Did anything or anyone inspire Sally the character?
8Dag: When writing a post-apocalyptic story is there anything you feel the need to draw attention to? Like, what are people doing about socks or nails or the lack of a twitter feed? I know I always wonder how people manage to raise children. Without population drop-off we have to assume they are still making babies at a steady rate (maybe even more steady if all the prophylactics are expired). But there is a constant need to escape danger or keep quiet to avoid being eaten.
8Dag: You seem to enjoy putting your characters through the ringer and Sally was naked being spied on by pirate cannibals during the last scene. Can we expect she will receive her really-really-hard and brutal knocks?