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The Pitch:
Steve Rolston
By Steve Rolston

11.05.02


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

Pitching last week: Kaare Andrews

THE PITCH: One creator, Six questions.


Your name: Steve Rolston
Title of book: MEK
Publisher of book: Wildstorm/DC Comics
Ongoing or miniseries: 3-issue miniseries
Other collaborators on book: writer Warren Ellis,
inker Al Gordon, colourist David Baron
Expected on-sale date: November 13th

(1) Fill in the blanks: My name is Steve Rolston and I am best known for...drawing the first arc of Greg Rucka's espionage comic QUEEN & COUNTRY.

(2) What is your book about?

MEK is about Sarissa Leon, who returns to L.A. to find out why her ex-boyfriend RJ Coin was murdered. But this isn't the L.A. everyone knows. This is the L.A. of the near future, focussing specifically on the area of Sky Road -- the heart of the Mek movement. Mek is slang for mechanical body modification. Tattoos and piercings just aren't edgy enough anymore. Elective cyborging is where it's at. On Sky Road, mek is everywhere. Girl gangs walk by with robotic arms, a boy dances around with mechanical wings, everyone is glowing and buzzing and alive.

The mad visuals and electricity in the air don't faze Sarissa Leon. She was one of the founders of mek culture. This is what she wanted. But she can't deny that things have changed since she left the city. This story follows her as she uncovers some of those changes and the truth behind RJ's death.

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

I suspect this story is the result of Warren spending too much time on the internet, passing out and seeing a glimpse of the future.

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

First, it was a chance to work with Warren Ellis, a writer whom I respect and whose work I enjoy reading. Secondly, I was looking forward to this comic before I was even considered as an artist. I think the world it takes place in is very cool and I hope I did it justice. Thirdly, it's about time I drew a comic with cyborgs. This is my first sci-fi comic but my girlfriend is always making me draw robotgirls, so I've developed a taste for drawing robotic limbs and other crazy stuff like that.

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

Because it's much more entertaining than a tuna sandwich. Hell, I'd say it's even better than a lobster dinner. This comic is definitely worth checking out, whether for Warren's top-notch writing or the unique visuals that Al, David and I have cooked up... or both!

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

Nope, I think my brain is spent.

Concluding Note: Where can readers go for more information:

www.steverolston.com/mek
www.warrenellis.com/mek.html
www.wildstorm.com/minisites/mek/mek.html

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