IDW's Wild Blue Yonder is set on a dystopian Earth. We follow the life of Cola, a teenaged girl fighter pilot and her family fight to protect The Dawn, their flying fortress and home. With the world in chaos, bullets dwindling, and fuel drying up, the few survivors in the sky must use anything at their disposal in order to survive. Battles rage from ship to ship as jet-pack warriors, planes, and crew members scratch and claw to claim the few crumbs society left behind.
The characters of Cola, Tug and Scram quickly latch on to your heart strings and don’t let go. Wild Blue Yonder is currently a 6 issue full color, limited series that I am hoping continues on for a long time to come.
I had the pleasure of talking to author Austin Harrison, one of the three men behind Wild Blue Yonder. Mike Raicht and artist Zach Howard also co-write the book. Here we talk about Austin's beginnings, what’s in store for Cola, Tug, the rest of the peeps on The Dawn and where the book may go in the future.
Michael Garone: Who or what inspired you to become a writer and where or when did you get your start in the business?
Austin Harrison: Good stories can bring to light those in the darkness. I have been in the dark and stories have guided me to change and grow. But we all return to the darkness sometimes, and it is there that stories can bring us back. In terms of comics, Zach (Howard) & I started working together years ago. I saw his art and was inspired by his outstanding skills not only in art but also his storytelling.
MG: Do you relate any character development based on your own life experiences?
AH: Yes. I pull from life experiences. I think by connecting to the energy of the characters in some way or another you can help bring them to life.
MG: Wild Blue Yonder was a successful Kickstarter campaign. Tell us how you came up with the story. How did you guys get together?
AH: I had been working with Zach on another project and he suggested I come on board. Both Zach and Mike (Raicht) had already done a lot of great work and the three of us have come together as a team.
MG: WBY, 3 issues in is fantastic and has high praise from reviewers, including myself. What makes your book stand out? Why should people check it out?
AH: Thank you for your kind words I am truly humbled. The three of us formed “Noble Transmission” with the tagline, “Characters with character.” To honor this mantra, we feel the obligation to readers and reviewers to put out a good product. One that respects the time and hard earned money of our readers. We are inspired by Pixar in terms of the kind of product we aim to deliver.
MG: What can you talk about or reveal on what’s coming up in issues 4 and 5? Will WBY go beyond 5 issues? If so, what can you tell us about it? If not, will there be a spin-off?
AH: Well there is now an issue 6. We extended the series by one book. There is going to be a lot more action & some unexpected developments. Yes, we are continuing the series and already have new books in production.
MG: Thank you for taking the time for this interview.
AH: Thanks for your time mate!