A chat with SoulCrafts Comics writer Michael Geszel
“Tribes: The Dog Years is a post-apocalyptic adventure with a literal youthful twist. Written by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta, the story begins 200 years after a nano-virus has infected the Earth’s entire population causing humans to expire by the age of 21. In this new primitive world, a historical social structure has reemerged. The children of our planet have organized themselves into tribes, each with its own unique culture, language and mythos. Our guides on this journey are Sundog and Fallingstar of the Sky Shadow tribe. Their destinies cross paths with an Ancient, a 59-year-old scientist called Adams, from an underwater world. They, along with a ragtag group of other tribe members, embark on a mission to ensure that humanity can know its children’s children…”
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With art by Inaki Miranda and color by Eva de la Cruz, TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS is a full color graphic novel in widescreen, so to speak. With story and script by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta, was published by IDW on June 29, 2010. The iPad book app was released in January 2011 and is available here: http://itunes.com/apps/tribesthedogyears
Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta are at work on the second TRIBES volume, which will include flashbacks to a storyline glimpsed in flashback in TRIBES The Dog Years; it takes place in 2038 when the nano-virus hits the population and shortens the human lifespan to 21 years; based in Los Angeles, the story focuses on the rise of an unlikely leader amidst the turf battles of the “Hollywood Kid Wars.” The main thrust of TRIBES VOLUME 2 concerns Sundog, Fallingstar, Skunktail (Keylock 822) and the Omega Tribe’s quest to reach Solacia in the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to TRIBES, SoulCraft is working on new projects, including SoulCraft’s next comic project VINES of TIKAL. SoulCraft is in discussions with TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS artist Inaki Miranda (and colorist Eva de la Cruz) about returning for the VINES project.
SoulCraft Comics is a story&comics production outfit that makes distribution deals on a project by project basis.
“San Diego-based IDW is another publisher that says it saw a positive first year of comics on tablets, and has hopes to expand. The company is best known for handling licensed properties such as Transformers, GI Joe, and Godzilla, though it also hosts some creator-owned original work like the wide-formatted Tribes: The Dog Years, and currently is home to the “Bloom County” collections by Berkeley Breathed, who’s most recent work is the children’s book turned movie “Mars needs Moms.” IDW CEO and publisher Ted Adams said that day-and-date aren’t a big part of what his company is looking to do.”
“I’m not the kind of person that stops to study and analyze too much my experiences through life. I’m hungry for discoveries, sensations, moments, but I don’t usually stop to “take notes”, I just filter what I like and keep going, make them part of myself and don’t feel the need to “quote” or memorize names as I know I won’t care to talk about it, I don’t usually like chats that deal with knowledge and theorization, because I always end up feeling that I didn’t quite say the truth or the whole picture, or that I ended up saying things that were wrong…a very “ why the hell did I say that” kind of feeling (And I know this will also happen to me now). So it’s tough for me to put down to words my influences, I need to sit down and make memory… and I’ve absorbed so much that it’s like a big conglomeration of images and moments that are all tied together. Even so, I’ll make an effort and try to find those highlights that I feel transformed my perceptions and that in some way have helped to shape TRIBES: The Dog Years.”
Thank you CHAD WOLFE of JulieLaurin.com for selecting TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS as a favorite of 2010 and one of two books that stood out for him last year.
CNI’s Joe Gonzalez picks TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS best graphic novel of 2010 and both Joe and Jimmy Aquino make it a “TOP PICK-ALL AROUND FAVORITE of 2010.
They also pick artist Inaki Miranda as a CREATOR TO WATCH.
About 58 minutes in, Joe talks TRIBES…