The Elevator: 'Sparks' (

By:Rob M. Worley
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008

On one side: producers, directors and other Hollywood players looking for the next big thing.

On the other side are the comic book artists and writers creating the next big thing.

In between is...The Comics2Film Elevator.

Five simple questions. Five quick answers. Just enough to start the ball rolling as you ride from ground to roof.

The Elevator doors open today on Derek McCaw, Editor of the new comic 'Sparks', published by William Katt's (yes! The 'Greatest American Hero'!) new shingle Catastrophic Comics...

ELEVATOR (E):  Describe 'Sparks'  in two sentences or less.

Derek McCaw (DM): Set in 1948, 'Sparks' follows would-be masked vigilante Ian Sparks as he finds out that the price of being a hero is much too high, but destiny keeps tracking him down and demanding another payment. Not every mask can be a hero.

E : If you were to compare 'Sparks' to a movie or TV show what would it be?

DM: What if 'Heroes' had been written by Raymond Chandler?

E :Why do you think 'Sparks' would translate to film/TV/animation?

DM: 'Sparks' would translate really well to a film, because both writer Chris Folino and artist JM Ringuet think in very cinematic terms. It's always been in the back of Chris' head that this could make the jump to being a movie. Of course, the President of Catastrophic Comics, William Katt, also has a few fingers in the film industry, and would like all of our titles to have some connection that way. That said, it's got a pretty identifiable lead, a colorful but restrained cast of characters in terms of special effects budget and a pretty gripping story. Ian Sparks does what a lot of comics fans think they would do if they gained a superpower -- puts on a costume and gets the crap beat out of him.

E: How can folks find your comic?

DM: How can folks find your comic? We're listed in the April Previews, order #APR083679 to be released in June. And yes, we've already got the fourth issue in the can, so this thing is coming out regularly, hopefully to a retailer near you. But you've got to tell them you want it. You can also order Chris Folino's film 'Gamers' in the same Previews -- #APR085198.

E: How can folks learn more about you and your work?

DM: This week our website will go live --

People can write to me, Derek McCaw at I'll be handling questions, etc., and forwarding things to William Katt, Chris and JM. We haven't firmed up our plans for San Diego yet, but we will be there in one form or another, possibly with another big announcement. In addition, I'll be representing Catastrophic Comics at Super-Con in San Jose and BayCon at the Santa Clara Convention Center, both in May.

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