Welcome to the wonderful world of Wolverton Thief of Impossible Objects
Do you like engaging artwork? Do you enjoy a great story that isn’t your conventional super hero, big muscles, overpowered hero book? Then I think you’ll really love Wolverton Thief of Impossible Objects! This beautiful, action-packed book demonstrates the versatility of comic book storytelling. The story takes place in turn of the century London where, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!
To tell us a little more about Wolverton Thief of Impossible Objects, GTN spoke with Michael Stark, one of the writers, to expand on a few questions.
GTN: What was the inspiration behind Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects?
MS: Wolverton first started as an original screenplay that we reverse engineered into a six arc comic book. Terrell and I were getting known in Hollywood for writing rather expensive, action adventure, period pieces. The key word and coffin nail here being “expensive”.
Anyway, I wanted to dig out an old gentleman thief script I had written with Sean Connery in mind (He was a big fan of one of my old solo scripts eons ago). My writing partner, who is younger, yawned. He didn’t think the trope would fly today. I mean, how does one charm themselves into a high tech, locked room? So, I suddenly pitched the idea in a way I knew would amuse him. What if we set it in Edwardian England and he only stole magical items like the Monkey’s paw and the Portrait of Dorian Gray? And, oh yeah, he also really hated magic!
When I saw the expression on his face, I knew we had another great, expensive screenplay to write! But, pretty much the whole idea came in that one second, spontaneous blurt to get his attention.
GTN: How did the team of Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects come together?
MS: As quaint as it might seem – but, we’re both in the south – Terrell and I met in church. After writing about ten screenplays together, we decided to turn some of our favorite unsold ideas into comics. Scripts that don’t sell just get thrown in a junk drawer — the literary equivalence of a potter’s field burial. Wolverton was too much a labor of love to do that. It at least deserved a balls out, drunken, Viking funeral that just might take its creators down with it.
When our original artist suddenly became very famous and very busy (we can’t name her here). We found Derek on DeviantArt. He totally got what we wanted to do and I’m glad we found him before he, too, got too famous and too busy.
GTN: What do you feel separates Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects from other comics?
MS: We tried to capture an old fashioned, familiar feel while remaining fresh, too. I think the art and coloring strike that balance. I did want to go full on nostalgia with newsprint but the other guys talked me out of it. Also, as we’re screenwriters first and new to comics, we made it pretty wordy with some old school narration and even used the old EC Comics font for the text boxes.
Plus, it’s full of banter and screwball dialogue out of a Preston Sturges flick. The log line we’ve been using is: A Noel Coward Hero in A Deadpool World!
GTN: What are the immediate and long-term plans for the project?
MS: We kind of did the big comic book movie thing in reverse. Wolverton was originally set up with producers with a big studio deal, but the bean counters found it was too risky making something original that wasn’t based first on an existing product like a TV show, a YA novel or a comic book. When we re-shopped it around, all we kept hearing was it had to be a comic book first. So, we thought how hard could it be to make it a comic book first? After losing most of my hair and subsiding on a diet of Tums and Imodium, I learned just how hard it could be to make it a comic book first. It’s hard!!!! Damn hard!!! I feel like we just lived through a cautionary tale, but somehow produced a pretty swell, little book.
As the script is already written, the whole six book arc is set. We are currently using issue #1 to find a publisher to finish the story. And, as we live in Hillbilly Hollywood where they film the Walking Dead and all the Marvel movies, we are handing out copies to every star we run into. So, the dreams of getting it made into a movie are still there.
Anyway, we’re getting enough fan mail to at least publish issue #2 ourselves. We’ll be doing a kickstarter early next year. Please, donate generously as Tums and Imodium aren’t cheap.
GTN: Are you working on any other projects you can talk about?
MS: We have about five other projects we’d like to reverse engineer into comic books if we survive this one. It’s nice to have the whole series plotted out. Terrell just finished adapting the Alistair MacLean novel, Fear is the Key, for the big screen and working on a novel. I’m schlepping away on an original TV series.
GTN: Where can people buy a copy of Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects
MS: Sadly, we didn’t get picked up by Diamond, so I have been personally Willy Lomaning copies to comic book shops all over Atlanta. We’re starting to get sold in a few places outside of GA like Fantagraphics in Seattle. Please do annoy your local comic book store managers to stock us!
You can also get them direct from us on our website www.wolvertoncomicbook.com
GTN would like to thank Michael Stark and the creators of Wolverton Thief of Impossible Objects for not only taking the time to answer some questions, but also for creating such an amazing book! Be sure to go to their site and order your copy today!