It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to interview anyone about their work, but when Omar Morales (creator of Cruzader, Agent of the Vatican fame – officially the largest comic book ever published) reached out to me about his contribution to a new Kickstarter anthology “Not Forgotten”, I couldn’t resist.
“Not Forgotten” is centred around the concept of public domain superheroes, the weird and wonderful Golden Age characters lost to the sands of time plucked out of obscurity by modern creators and given a new lease of life.
One such creator tasked with reinventing, rebooting and rebirthing a classic character is Omar, so I fired some questions his way to find out more about the project, his involvement, and which character he picked!
Matt: Hey Omar! Firstly, for those that may not know, can you describe what the project’s all about?
Omar: “Not Forgotten” is an anthology comic project on Kickstarter. The hook is that all the stories are about golden age characters that didn’t catch on and fell into the public domain. It is a straight up retro revival of masks and capes for the discerning comic book reader in today’s world. It’s a ton of fun, made by over 50 creators from all around the world who combined for over 20 stories and over 200 pages of content.
M: How did you get involved in Not Forgotten?
O: There was a call to action for submissions last year and I answered the call. I had to pick a hero and do a one-pager to pitch my vision for a short story; I think the publishers received about 100 submissions from all over the place and they chose 20 to go forward with. It was really exciting to be chosen and it is already bearing fruit. My short story about Moon Girl was picked up by Alterna Comics as a full length story that will publish on newsprint for a $1.50 cover price around the holiday season later this year.
M: What can you tell us about your story, and what made you pick the superhero you did?
O: Moon Girl captured my imagination and inspired me to do a different twist on the character. I was intrigued by a line in her cannon: “The girl known as the Princess of the Moon was taught that she came from a long line of women who had been unbeatable in battle.” I went on a tangent and created a whole back story for her. If she’s a princess, then there must be a queen mother. It kind of sounded like that old 80’s cult film “Amazon Women on the Moon.” I made up this whole society of technologically advanced women who lived under the moon’s surface a million years ago. I was bursting to do a retro-futuristic story, all within the context of the hollow moon theory. It was a total nerdgasm.
O: In this case, there really were no drawbacks. The publishers, Einar Másson and Matt Harding, gave all the creators complete freedom to reinvent and re-imagine the characters – and there is no legal risk because they’re all in the public domain. Plus, I doubt there are any hard-core comics cranks from the 1930s and 1940s that will post on Facebook about how we ruined the characters with these modern twists! Ha!
M: Anything else we should know about Not Forgotten?
O: If you loved the “Minute Men” storyline within “Watchmen,” you will love Not Forgotten. If you miss thought bubbles, narration captions and ray guns … this book is for you! Nostalgia is so big nowadays, and this is about as hardcore and retro as you can go with nostalgia. Comics are pure Americana that took off and inspired an entire global comic book industry that thrives today. This project goes back to the roots to dust off a bunch of great characters that were lost to time. Jump in the time machine with us and back the project – there are tons of great reward tiers with digital and print options. I also like to tell people that if you don’t back Not Forgotten … Ozmar the Mystic will die! Muwhahahah!
M: Thanks, Omar!
You can check out “Not Forgotten” A Public Domain Superhero Anthology on Kickstarter here, where you can donate as little as $1 to help fund the project. The project ends on March 9th and as of this writing it’s currently at just over $11k of its $25k goal, so it needs your support! Omar is on Twitter @TheCruZader. The Kickstarter campaign summary is below.
NOT FORGOTTEN: A PUBLIC DOMAIN SUPERHERO ANTHOLOGY!
Heralded by the success of Superman and Batman, the world of superheroes exploded in the late 1930s with a litany of colorful and often bizarre heroic characters, creating what is revered as “The Golden Age” of comic books. They defeated evil wherever it reared it’s ugly head, whether it be bloodthirsty Vampires from Pluto, repugnant Nazi jerks, or the mysterious and deadly effects of Atomic Radiation! These heroes sold books by the millions and ushered in an age of unprecedented JUSTICE.
But soon, these ring a ding ding good times came to an end at the close of World War 2 as the heroes fell out of favor in the eyes of a giddy and spoiled public. It was curtains for the heroes, as the once successful publishers now faced bankruptcy and took to the giggle juice while their creations fell into the shadow realm of PUBLIC DOMAIN, a place where anyone, anywhere can use them for whatever nefarious deed their sick minds could concoct.
No longer protected under the shield of copyright laws, these characters were buried and lost to the cruel hands of Father Time and the machismo of modern entertainment, as evil ran unencumbered through our streets!
BUT FEAR NOT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
These heroes are back and better than ever! Reimagined by top creators in the industry, this anthology collects over 20+ short stories paying homage and tribute to some of the greatest heroes and heroines lost to time with brand new, never-before-seen, exclusive tales bringing these amazing creations back to life!
But don’t blow your wig, Johnny, this book is within your grasp! Get in on this here clambake and help show the world that these characters might have been buried under layers of dust, but they are…
Featuring the work of:
James Harren (Rumble, B.P.R.D., Conan), Eric Esquivel (Lego DC Superheroes, Vertigo Quarterly, Adventure Time), Ryan Cody (Doc Unknown, Heavy Metal Magazine, The Phantom), Jerry Gaylord (Bill and Ted’s Triumphant Return, Fanboy Vs Zombies, Ghostbusters/TMNT), Matt Harding (Doctor Mordrid, Popapocalypse, Styx, Madefire Studios), Angela Ahlers, Nathan Shorts (Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove), Vincent Kukua (Image Comics), Evan Limberger (Madefire Studios), Matt D. Wilson (Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective, the Supervillain Handbook), Rodrigo Vargas, Josh Krach, Ashley V. Robinson (Jupiter Jet, Top Cow Comics), Morgan Beem, Rica March, Jeffrey and Susan Bridges (Pendant Audio), Leonie O’Moore, Derik Hefner, Anne-Marie Webb, Andrew Steers, Edwin Lopez, Bobby Trauma, Esther Pimentel, Miiike, Greg Menzie, Zakk Saam, Omar Morales (CruZader), Joel Cotejar, Paula Goulart, Jaymes Reed, Paul Plale, Andres Olveras, matt harvey (Exhumed), Sinclair Klugarsh, ,Gabriel Moore-Topazio (Wrought Comics, Asylum), Einar V. Masson (Bay Area Comic Anthology, Bruce the Angry Bear), Mikael Lopez, Kristian Bay Kirk, Sandra Rós Björnsdóttir aka Krumla, Kevin Cuffe (Oathbound), Ricardo Lima, Jason Inman (Jupiter Jet, co-host of DC All Access), Nick Robles (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Casey Desilets, Maximilien Weinstein, Malcolm Johnson (Styx, Ultrasylvania), Kevin Buckley (Madefire Studios, Cyberwulf), Jeff Leeds, Marco Maccagni (Archon, Vampblade), DC Hopkins (Trespasser, We Can Never Go Home), Valentina Pucci (Action Lab), Angela Fato (Action Lab), Jared Rosmarin, Eugene Young, and Dave Harding.