Marco Rudy’s new creator-owned project is funding over on Kickstarter just now and having already been a fan of his previous work, I got the chance to shine a lamp in his face & ask him all about it.
What inspired you to create RDW?
That’s……broad, as one too many things sprung me to come about with this….I guess, in a way, getting a pitch rejected by Marvel brought this on. I had a pitch for the Master of Kung Fu accepted there, but it got shipped around and never landed. By then, my co writer Frank Barbiere and I started to play around with other ideas…Mainly i started, because id come up with a billion things and just throw it at poor Frank. I started developing this concept about a dreaming robot that achieves..”humanity” as he experiences his life in the form of an adventurer, in a fantasy land, in his dreams. When I started developing the Fantastic side of things, I just went full on and eventually shelved the Robot story. As for what inspired the themes in it? AMon many books and stories, the game GRIS and the Experience (it’s almost not a game) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
Is this a story you’ve wanted to tell for a while?
Yes and no – as I slowly progressed to only wanting to pencil books to full on writing them, now. As it is, the story kind of formed on itself, out things I’ve experienced and research. One side of the story I won’t focus much, for now, is the racial side of it. Astrid, my character, is mixed-race, just like myself. And that comes into play, further down the books, as my experiences with not being accepted, in my home country, growing up, come into play, in the story im telling.
What can readers expect from this first volume & the whole series?
Unusual storytelling. Hopefully an emotional journey and some pretty good looking sequences. This just the beginning, a taste of things to come. There is more about this world, that people are not expecting and that will come to play, in a huge way. Like some concepts featured in series like “Ghost in the Shell”, for instance 😉
It sounds like a diverse mix of ideas – were those easy to tie together?
The visuals look amazing so far – have you approached this differently than you have your previous comic work?
What’s it been liking juggling writing & art duties?
What drew you to Kickstarter for this particular book?
What else are you working on just now?
You can also jump on-board the campaign through the link below: