BRYAN BAUGH INTERVIEW with COMIC MONSTERS Website
COMIC MONSTERS speaks with WULF AND BATSY creator, Bryan Baugh.
The Big Bad Wolf: How did you hook up with Viper Comics?
Bryan Baugh: To put it very simply, Josh Howard (creator, writer, and artist of "Dead At 17", Viper's best-selling title) took a liking to my work and talked (Viper head honchos) Jessie Garza and Jim Resnowski into giving me a chance. Also, Jason Burns, who is a writer for Viper, selected me as the artist he wanted to illustrate his graphic novel "The Expendable One". Doing that job was probably a big help as far as convincing Jessie and Jim that I was a reliable artist who could do decent work and hit deadlines. But really, Josh Howard is the reason my comic "Wulf and Batsy" is getting printed. That guy really went out of his way to support me, and my work, and I don't know how I will ever repay him. I keep e-mailing him links to bizarre You Tube clips of old 1970's exploitation movies about Bigfoot monsters attacking women in bikinis but something tells me that's not enough.
The Big Bad Wolf: For those that aren't familiar with Wulf and Batsy, can you tell our readers a bit about them?
Bryan Baugh: It's a pretty simple concept, really. Wulf is a Werewolf. Batsy is a female Vampire. The two of them are friends. So these two lonely monsters are wandering the earth, and along the way, they run across many strange characters and situations, and get into lots of trouble. It's an entertaining thing to watch their problems develop. Unfortunately, a lot of blood and guts are usually required before the problems are resolved.
The Big Bad Wolf: What will the initial storyline be about?
Bryan Baugh: The first storyline is called "We Have No Home". Wulf and Batsy wander into a town where they think they might be able to lay low and enjoy a quiet refuge for a while. But someone figures out that they are really monsters, and everything promptly goes to hell. The first storyline functions as an introduction to Wulf and Batsy. I decided to keep it very traditional, with these two as the only monster characters. We'll get into stories about Wulf and Batsy's run-ins with other strange supernatural creatures down the road, but for this first storyline, it seemed important to just focus on my two main monsters. To put it another way, they had to make movies like "Frankenstein" and "The Wolf Man" before a film like "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" would make sense to anybody! So that's how I'm leading into my comic book series. It's very much an old fashioned, 1930's Universal Horror Film type of formula.
The Big Bad Wolf: Is this going to be an ongoing series or a mini?
Bryan Baugh: The plan right now—as I understand it—is to do a six-issue mini-series. And if that sells okay, Viper may be interested in putting out more of them. If it doesn't sell well, then there won't be another Wulf and Batsy!
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give us any insight on what types of villains we can see Wulf and Batsy go up against?
Bryan Baugh: I don't want to spoil any surprises. But in Issues 3, 4, and 5, there's a bad guy who is so bad that I almost love him more than Wulf and Batsy themselves.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can fans find out more about Wulf and Batsy, do you have a MySpace page?
Bryan Baugh: I'm working on that!
The Big Bad Wolf: Finally, what can fans expect from this book?
Bryan Baugh: Well, it's not like most other independent comics. There's no deep "messages". No pseudo-intellectual political mumbo-jumbo. No annoying bathroom humor. No whiny "slice of life" autobiography. This comic is about scary monsters and cute girls and violence and mayhem. It's basically the comic book equivalent of a trashy, low budget, exploitation horror movie with cheesy special effects.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Bryan. Good luck with WULF AND BATSY!