|Silver, a new Graphic Novel by Stephan Franck|
FLIP: You have a new book coming out - tell us about it!
Stephan: Silver #1 is the first in a twelve-issue miniseries. It is a graphic novel set in the 1930's. James Finnigan is the greatest conman/heist-master of his time. One day, Finn comes into possession of a mysterious silver bar, which becomes his entry point into the shadow world of vampires, where silver is the coin of the realm.
My vampires are obsessed with silver for a host of reasons. First, they are soulless walking corpses incapable of true emotions, only animated by lust and greed. But where gold is the precious metal of choice among men, the inaccessible purity of silver symbolizes all that the damned can never have. Lastly, that's money that doesn't burn a hole through their pocket, it burns a hole through them - period.
Flirting with mortality is the closest the vampires can come to feeling alive. So, ever the conman, Finn puts together the heist of the century, which will consist of separating some serious vampires from their silver. To do that, he needs to assemble a special team--and that team is full of all sorts of broken characters.
FLIP: How did Silver come about? Was it your idea or did the publisher approach you?
Stephan: I had written Silver as a spec movie script, and just then, I was serendipitously approached by a publisher who wanted to work with me on a graphic novel, and asked if I had a project. Doing a comic book had been a dream since I was a kid.
FLIP: What has been the biggest challenge to getting it done?
Stephan: Only having 24 hours in a day. That is a serious limitation.
FLIP: What advice would you give to anyone who wants to do their own graphic novel?
Stephan: Taking "their own" as the operative word, I would say that one of the biggest mistake I've seen people make is taking time off to write/draw their great American novel -- graphic or not. I've seen it, and it's often doomed to failure because that is putting too much pressure on it.
To quote Guy Clark, you have to dance like you don't need the money. The best way to do that is actually not needing the money, so whether you already have a career in the field, or any field, or a day job, I believe that your best shot at creating "your own" book is doing it on top of your other work.
FLIP: Where can we buy Silver?
Stephan: For now, in the early stages of my complete independence, it is only available from the Dark Planet Comics website. www.darkplanetcomics.com