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The Pitch:
Phil Hester
By Brian Jacks

01.07.03


Welcome to Slushfactory.com's weekly feature, "The Pitch," where creators "pitch" you their newest, upcoming project in hopes of persuading you to give it a chance.

Pitching last week: B. Clay Moore

THE PITCH: One creator, Six questions.


Your name: Phil Hester
Title of book: Firebreather
Publisher of book: Image Comics
Ongoing or miniseries: 4 issue mini. The first of many, hopefully.
Other collaborators on book: Andy Kuhn, penciller/inker/letterer and Bill Crabtree, colorist
Expected on-sale date: January 2003

(1) Fill in the blanks: My name is Phil Hester and I am best known for...drawing Green Arrow and writing The Coffin.

(2) What is your book about?

Here's the official hype paragraph: Divorce is tough for any teenager, but when your mother is a typical suburban soccer mom and your dad is a 300 foot tall, city trampling, battleship devouring monster things get even tougher. This is Duncan Rosenblatt’s reality. His mom wants him to get into a good college, his dad wants him to go into the family business, namely conquering the earth and ascending to his rightful place as king of all monsters.

(3) What is the origin of this project, secret or otherwise? Give us the origin story.

Andy and I had pitched a Young Avengers book to Marvel in '98 or '99 called The Crew, about a group of teenage super heroes cloned from existing heroes by A.I.M. in order to study how to beat them. The kids escape and form a cool team (of course!). The project seemed to be on a fast track. They loved the idea of younger version of Captain America, Wolverine ( we had the soul patch before Ultimate X-Men, baby!), The Thing, etc. and wanted us to create young villains, too. So we cooked up a humanoid, teenage, Fin Fang Foom. Eventually, The Crew withered on the vine, but we loved the idea of this teen age half dragon, so we salvaged it, based it more in the japanese monster archetype and recreated it.


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(4) Aside from the promise of tall dollars, what drew you to this project? Why now?

A chance to work with Andy on a project that was really in his wheelhouse. He draws monsters like nobody since Walt Simonson. Plus, Jim gave us a chance to be part of the super hero line, and being in on the ground floor of something like that really appealed to the 12 year old in me. Hell, the whole idea of Firebreather is basically me writing a comic my 12 year-old self would love to read.

(5) Why should a reader pick your book over, say, lunch on a given day? Pitch away.

If they're anything like me, a man of larger carriage, they could stand to skip a few meals.

I don't know how much of a reputation Andy and I have in the industry, but I'd like to think that people who know our work know we're sincere about doing something fun and different. We'll be doing our level best to tell a story with humor, drama, action and characterization. Regardless of how you may feel about me as a writer, at least come to
check out Andy's pretty pictures of monsters beating each other's brains out.

(6) Anything else you'd like to add?

I love you?

Concluding Note: Where can readers go for more information:

- Imagecomics.com
- Image's five-page preview of Firebreather #2

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