Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Interview with Resident Alien's Peter Hogan

We recently had the opportunity to interview Peter Hogan, whose works include DC Comic's Vertigo, The Dreaming and The Sandman Presents: Love Street. He also has worked with Alan Moore in his America's Best Comics series,  and Tom Strong which includes the spinoff of his own, Terra Obscura

Peter Hogan is currently working with Steve Parkhouse on their new series, Resident Alien, which will be in stores this April 18, 2012, starting with Resident Alien #0.  Dark Horse Comics, Resident Alien is featured in Dark Horse Presents. We wanted to know a little about Resident Alien and asked Mr. Peter Hogan a few questions. 

Resident Alien

Question 1: 

Angry Koala Gear: Dark Horse Presents is an amazing anthology of old and new series. It has given us the opportunity to read some old favorites along with new. Resident Alien has been part of the Dark Horse Presents series and it will soon be a series starting this April. Can you tell us a little about Resident Alien? 

Peter Hogan: It’s about an alien called Harry, who’s crashed on Earth and is waiting for a rescue ship to come and take him home again. Meanwhile, he’s been laying low, but he ends up being recruited as the doctor for a small town in the Pacific North West – and there are murders happening in this town, and Harry ends up playing amateur detective, trying to find the killer. Meanwhile, the government knows he’s here and is trying to find him. Someone described it as “a sci-fi murder mystery”, and that pretty much sums it up.

Question 2:

Angry Koala Gear:  Is Resident Alien going to be a mini-series or do you plan to make it an on-going series? 

Peter Hogan: Both, really. It’s a miniseries, but it’s also the first in a series of miniseries. We’ll hopefully be around for quite a while.

 Resident Alien #0 

Question 3: 

Angry Koala Gear: Besides working on Resident Alien, are you currently working on any other projects? 

Peter Hogan: Chris Sprouse has nearly finished work on our second Tom Strong series, Tom Strong And The Planet Of Peril, so that should be out late this year or early next. Right now I’m writing another project for Dark Horse Presents, which will hopefully spin off into its own series. It’s a fantasy story, but that’s all I can tell you for now. 
Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril 

Question 4: 

Angry Koala Gear: Who were some of your influences? Favorite writers? 

Peter Hogan: I like lots of different writers for lots of different reasons, and there are way too many to list. In terms of comics, I’d have to say that Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Jaime Hernandez and Grant Morrison still top my list. Alan and Neil have both kind of mentored me, so I’ve obviously learnt a lot from them in particular.

Question 5: 

Angry Koala Gear: Do you have a favorite comic series that you may be reading now? 

Peter Hogan: I’ve been enjoying Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four – and outside of superheroes, Joe Hill’s Locke & Key takes a lot of beating.

We would like to thank Peter Hogan for the interview opportunity and do look forward to Resident Alien starting this April. 

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