Interview with The Only Living Boy Writer David Gallaher

Image: Only Living Boy. Copyright 2014 Bottled Lightning LLC. Used with permission.

Image: Only Living Boy. Copyright 2014 Bottled Lightning LLC. Used with permission.

From The Booth is a podcast out of Captain Blue Hen Comics in Newark, Delaware that I frequently co-host along with Booth regulars Jim, Ken, Dave, and Kita. On April 29th, we interviewed Harvey Award-winning writer David Gallaher, co-creator of The Only Living Boy (OLB), a sci-fi/fantasy web comic.

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The questions we asked are color coded to make the reading a bit easier to follow:
David
Jim
Ken
Ninja Mike

Jim: Can you give us the elevator pitch for The Only Living Boy?
David: “It’s a story of a 12 year old boy that…wakes up in a patchwork alien world with mermaid warriors, inspect princesses, mad scientists, and chimerical dragons, trying to recover his memory and find his place in a larger world.”

Jim:Curious about the writing process: The “anything can happen” nature of the narrative leaves a lot of leeway for slipping new ideas into the story. Is this by design? How much of the story is outlined thus far?
David:“The entire story is outlined and we wanted the story to be as expansive as possible. This was a chance to be almost more European in the landscapes. …we wanted action to propel the story. The anything can happen nature of it really lends itself to doing crazy stuff that you wouldn’t expect in the comic in terms of the visual nature.

Image: Only Living Boy. Copyright 2014 Bottled Lightning LLC. Used with permission.

Image: Only Living Boy. Copyright 2014 Bottled Lightning LLC. Used with permission.

Ken: Besides a sense of plucky determination, and being perhaps the last of his kind, is there anything special about Eric that we’ve yet to find out?
David: “There’s a lot of plucky stuff. There’s something about him that certainly speaks to I think the crisis that we all sort of feel…We call him an ordinary kind on an extraordinary adventure.”

Ninja Mike: Having worked on so many varied and pioneering digital interactive media, where do you see digital comics going? Format changes, new features, etc.?
David: “I think what we were going to see ideally in the digital space are a lot of smaller independent publishers trying to fill the gap that comiXology did in the apple store.”

Ken: You have collaborated with Steve Ellis on several books such as High Moon, Hulk, Dead Lands, The Devil’s Six Gun, and Box 13. What was the first thing you collaborated on and what has kept you together.
David: “We’re together as business partners because we’re crazy. We do other things…I write for TV and Steve Illustrates for the Walking Dead video game and the Breaking Bad Comic. Our very first project together was High Moon and we won a Harvey Award. We both have this ability to think visually and narratively.”

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MEDIA JOURNALIST & STAFF WRITER | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema. He collects many things from movies to Steelbooks to 1/6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. Anything that is even slightly related to these things are always on his radar and most definitely a comic book nerd. He is also, of course, a Batman junkie and will chat it up about pretty much anything.