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The Elevator doors open today on one Simon Spurrier who heaves up a pile of pitch for his comic 'Gutsville'...
ELEVATOR (E): Describe 'Gutsville' in two sentences or less.
Simon Spurrier (SS): 'Gutsville' is the story of a city in the belly of a mind-shatteringly enormous beast. The ancestors of the citizens were swallowed at sea 150 years ago, and now – five generations of Victorian repression, religious fundamentalism and hallucinogenic weirdness later – their mongrel culture is falling apart at the seams…
E : If you were to compare 'Gutsville' to a movie or TV show what would it be?
SS: 'From Hell' meets 'Lost' with a sprinkling of 'Moby Dick' and a bilious squirt of the 'Book of Jonah'. With added giant rats.
E :Why do you think 'Gutsville' would translate to film/TV/animation?
SS: This puppy’s about as High Concept as you can get. What could be more of a visual feast than a churning intestinal world packed-full of grubby street urchins, fungus-infected whores and pompous gentlemen in top hats? Gutsville comes complete with a colourful ensemble of central characters ranging from rebellious aristocrats to drug-fuelled aborigine witches, headed-up by Albert: a frustrated artist forced to become a rat-hunter against his will. The potential for conflicts, relationships, resolutions and upheavals – all beneath the umbrella of the City-In-A-Gut concept – is boundless.
E: How can folks find your comic?
SS: Episode 3 (of 6) is out in stores right now. Episode 1 will be available in its entirety, online, at www.newsarama.com from the 20h March 2008. Episode 2 should still be available as a back-issue. Expect a TPB collecting all 6 issues in Summer 2008.
E: How can folks learn more about you and your work?
SS: To find the writer visit SimonSpurrier.co.uk, or apply for membership at a certain aquatically-themed bordello in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. The password is “Blowhole”.
To find the artist visit FrazerIrving.com, or enter a state of karmic equilibrium and join his astral shadow in decaying orbit around the fifth moon of Saturn. Bring him gifts of love.
Both shall be attending the New York Comic Con this year, albeit in a mode of Perfect Boothlessness. Ask for them at the Image stand and you May Get Lucky.
For artwork, look no further than Gutsville.com
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