Writer Fearless Fred Kennedy Talks Love of SciFi and Fourth Planet

first_imgStay on target Renegade Rule Dominates eSports and Friendship for an Epic Win31 of Our Favorites From Inktober 2017 Fred Kennedy, better known as “Fearless” Fred Kennedy, is a huge fan of Conan the Barbarian, Big Trouble in Little China, and a popular radio DJ  in Toronto, Canada, who also writes comic books. His current project, Fourth Planet, a high-concept sci-fi comic with artist Miko Maciaszek, recently released it’s third issue.The description for Fourth Planet, released by its publisher, Chapter House Comics,The quarterly, written by Fred Kennedy and brilliantly illustrated by Miko Maciaszek, sets the stage where a stolen warship loaded with runaway human slaves crashes onto a planet with three warring races, the most advanced of which has only just begun using gunpowder weaponry. Vastly outnumbered, will the humans become the very thing they were running away from?I got a chance to talk to Fred about Fourth Planet, how he reads comics and Battlestar Galactica.via Chapter House ComicsQ: Hi Fred! This is an easy place to start since we’re talking about comic books. Have you always read comics?A: Oh yeah. When I was 12, in the summer of ’91, my friends and I used to go down to the 7-11 and play on the Street Fighter machine for hours. While we waited for our turn, we would read the comics on the spinner rack.Q: Do you still keep up with comics? Do you have any current favorites?A: Absolutely. I am really finicky with what I read, though. I will go to a con and walk around until I see something that catches my eye, buy it, and then follow that creator through their career. I follow creators more than I do anything else, really. I did that Ryan Browne, from Gods Hates Astronauts and Blast Furnace, and I love him, his books are hysterical. I’m also definitely more a trades guy at this point. When I have time to read, I normally have a few hours, and I just want to read all the way through. Binge reader, for sure. I feel as if comics are moving more in that direction anyhow, with shorter, more condensed arcs. It’s all very BBC, the way it is formatted.Q: Do you want to do that with The Fourth Planet? Is there a grand plan?A: Oh, I know where it is going to end. I have it all mapped out, and Miko and I think we know where it is, but then one of us has an idea, and it adds even more to the story. We know where we’re going, we just have to get there. I really like what we have planned for the ending.via Chapter House ComicsQ: Speaking of your artist on The Fourth Planet, Miko Maciaszek, his style is very distinct. Abstract and alien when it needs to be, but flexible enough to be tight and aggressive. It reminds me somewhat of Jock, from Wytches at Image. What would you say that Miko brings to The Fourth Planet?A: Miko understands the feel of the book really well. My descriptions for pages or panels are rarely over three sentences because he just gets it. When I was first coming up with the book, I actually posted online to see if any artists would want to do it. Miko threw his hat in the race, and I had to tell him that he was too good for it. Then he sent stuff over, and I was sold, it was just perfect. Jim Zub, the writer, has a really great line that is basically “If the art can’t keep up with the writing, or the writing can’t keep up with the art, it isn’t worth doing.” With Miko, I feel like I’m starting to catch up with his art.Q: The Fourth Planet obviously has a lot of love for the science fiction genre in it. What would you say are your biggest influences on the book?A: Definitely Battlestar Galactica. When I first had the idea for the series, it was conceptually fan fiction. Then it evolved into something much more than that, and very much its own thing. I always really liked the idea that there is no “good guy” or “bad guy.” The different alien races in this series, humans included, all have their own motivations for doing what they do, even if it is really awful. One of my biggest influences on the book isn’t even science fiction, but historical, in the Conquistadors, when the Spanish arrived in Mexico.via Chapter House ComicsQ: If you could have the reader take something away from the book, what would it be? Is there anything you want to say about The Fourth Planet?A: Buy it! It’s really good. (laughter) No, I don’t know. I really like it. It’s very European sci-fi, there a very strong influence, from an esoteric standpoint. A cartoon I grew up watching, Ulysses 31, if you know or are a fan of the show, you’ll understand what I mean.Issues 1-3 of Fourth Planet, published by Chapter House Comics, written by Fred Kennedy, and drawn by Miko Maciaszek, have currently been published and online at Comixology.You can follow Fearless Fred online at @Fearless_Fred on Twitter, or catch him on 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canadalast_img read more

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