5 Questions with… Michael Oden

1) On what project are you currently working?
Currently, I am finishing production on our Historical Satire meets JoJo Parody: SPQR’s Bizarre Adventure! The book tells the not-so historically accurate story of Julius Caesar fighting his Rival and co triumvir in an epic 33-page fight sequence that parodies the iconic JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure finale battle between Jotaroh Cujoh and Dio Brando. The Roman period of history’s rich visuals and dramatic stories provide the perfect context to parody the iconic work of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?
Oh man… that’s really a tough question. I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one person. As far as an indie is concerned, I think I probably admire Aaron Neff from MAVRICS a good deal. I go to the guy all the time with stuff because I know he has a great business sense and knows a good idea when he hears one and is NOT afraid to tell you when an idea is bad. His first book MAVRICs not only performed brilliantly across both Indiegogo and Kickstarter platforms but his foresight in bringing MAVRICs to promote at conventions was a brilliant measure of foresight in getting his brand out there to the direct market in an innovative way.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?
Well, I started as an industry journalist. Doing reviews, analyses, and op-eds on current comics and comic-related media. Eventually, I got to a point where I had enough people hounding me about telling my own stories that I figured it might be worth the shot to try. Additionally, I had recently separated and the creative outlet of making my own books gave me something constructive to focus on during a pretty dark time.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?
As far as mainstream projects are concerned there aren’t many that appeal to me now. It’s interesting because being independent allows me to work at the beat of my own drum. Deadlines aren’t an issue for me really, but I don’t think I’d appreciate a company telling me what I could or couldn’t write- and to be clear I don’t mean I wouldn’t be able to handle working with an editor. I have editors I work with on my side, they are crucial in pointing out creative holes in your storytelling- I mean specifically being hindered from telling the stories I want to tell because I don’t think that the big companies in comics have the guts to tell those kinds of stories with their characters. That being said, if I could work with any character or title, it would be the Shadow without a question.

5) On what project will you be working next?
Well, I feel like I am always working on multiple projects so that’s a bit of a loaded question haha. However, the next book that I am doing that will be going to crowdfunding will be The Embrace 2! The first book really spoke to people in a way that I am beyond grateful for, and the script for the second book is absolutely wild. Super excited to get that out to people!

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