[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5225:]]Writer Paul Jenkins (Sentry, Deathmatch) once told me Fairy Quest is a "labor of love" for him.
Already available in prestige form, in February artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) helps Jenkins bring their dream series to BOOM! Studios for solicitation to the direct market.
Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer caught up with the scribe to discuss exclusively the story behind Fairy Quest and BOOM's limited series.
Cosmic Book News: There is always a richness and mythos to certain of these kinds of tales. Did you have any main influences?
Paul Jenkins: I suppose so ... But really, my influences come from so many things: real life, film, children’s books, etc. I love feeling ... I love atmosphere. Do you remember what happened in issue #58 of Daredevil? Probably not. It probably had a villain and some punching and stuff. Do you remember the first time Spidey was defeated by Doc Ock? More likely ... Because it made you feel something. You felt helpless, intrigued.
So I guess what I am saying is that I rarely look at other publications for my influences. I draw from the atmospheres and feeling I experience in real life.
CBN: This is obviously a labor of love for you. Why the passion for this type of story over, say, superheroes or other genres?
Paul Jenkins: Look, I love superheroes. I especially love them when I am given creative freedom, as I have been given for the Deathmatch series. And I love to create worlds. But worlds exist outside of superheroes, and they can be exciting and vibrant too. I grew up reading amazing stories in the graphic narrative form such as Tin-Tin and Asterix the Gaul. Fairy Quest is a book that appeals to so many people, from five years old to seventy, and this has been proven time and again as we’ve witnessed the response. It is absolutely a labor of love. Why? Because I love the sequential narrative, regardless of genre.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5229:]]CBN: Was BOOM! immediately receptive to publishing Fairy Quest?
Paul Jenkins: Short answer: they asked me if they could publish it.
CBN: What is it like working with artist Humberto Ramos and what does his style bring to the table? Did he design any of the characters or fairy lands?
Paul Jenkins: Well, as I have always said, this is the book Humberto was born to draw. It is beautiful because of his artistic sensibilities. I think I am just along for the ride.
CBN: Any hopes of this limited series becoming an ongoing?
Paul Jenkins: Not Fairy Quest, no. It has a finite story. But the world itself, Fablewood, is home to hundreds of future stories. I’m going to be doing those for a very long time to come.
CBN: We have talked Deathmatch. Anything else you want to mention about Fairy Quest or other projects in which you might be involved?
Paul Jenkins: Watch out for more things I’ll be doing with BOOM! in the future. Things are off to a rollicking start!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Paul Jenkins for his time and would also like to thank Filip Sablik, VP of Publishing and Marketing at BOOM, for helping make this interview possible.
The limited series "Fairy Quest" #1 (of 2) will hit shelves in February!