Talking with Korean comic book author Tommy Yune was like chatting with a friend. The charming artist behind 'Speed Racer – Born to Race', 'Robotech: From the Stars,' and 'Danger Girl' spinoff talked about his current projects and the joys of fatherhood. Yune, as well as generations of anime fans, enjoyed the celebration of their passion at Nan Desu Kan. The Denver Marriott Tech Center was the place to be this past weekend Fri Sep 13 – Sun Sep 15, 2013 when celebs from the anime world shared the weekend with their fans.
Q. Tell your fans about any projects you currently have in the works.
A. ‘Robotech: Shadow Rising’ is our next animated project. We also have a new comic book series coming out. In the same genre as ‘Robotech’ called ‘Robotech VS Voltron’ coming out this December. It’s getting us quite a bit of attention. At Warner Brothers Pictures they are currently in development of a live action film project. One of the producers is Tobey Maguire. We’ve also got a lot of merchandizing and related products as Robotech is a popular franchise dating back to 1985. For a generation of fans, many identify Robotech as the series that got them in to anime.
Q. Talk about your work on ‘Speed Racer: Born to Race.’
A. ‘Speed Racer’ was actually my route to working on ‘Speed Racer: Born to Race’ It was a prequel. It was based on the story line where Pops Racer is developing the engine that would be used for the engine for the Mach Five. Why is Speed Racer’s older brother mysteriously missing and how did he come to be this Racer X character? I like to do projects that remind fans of their youth, and their childhood and their memories.
Q. Why do you think the influence of ‘Robotech’ has endured for so long?
A. The look of it is quaint. It’s an 80’s based series, but the storytelling is good, and it holds up well over the years. People who enjoy it again on DVD find that the story holds up very well compared to other animated series that were produced at the same time. A lot of fans praise ‘Robotech’ for how it looked, how cutting edge it was in terms of the visual style and detail, and it’s recognized a lot for having very, very good story-telling.
Q. Talk about ‘Danger Girl’ book series with J. Scott Campbell. Do you have any stories you can share with your fans about these successful projects?
A. J. Scott Cambell gave me parameters on where to take the story and I was grateful that I was given the latitude to write and illustrate that storyline. It was an Indiana Jones style story to unleash supernatural powers. I did a separate short storyline based around a secret technology by the World World II Japanese. It was the old access of the lost technology that everyone was after.