The news team from Comic Book Resources interviews Darby Pop founder, Jeff Kline, and Editor-in-Chief, David Wohl, about their new Darby Pop comics imprint and their first new comic series Indestructible.
CBR: The three titles that have been announced so far all look different in terms of genre, art style, content — since they are the first three titles for the imprint, do you see some sort of common quality between the three of them that you’d like to see continue throughout the line?
Kline: From my perspective, they definitely all started with really strong characters put in unusual situations. That is not Earth-shattering, by any means, in the world of storytelling, but it is absolutely the foundation of everything we’ve got in our plans so far. The one thing they all have in common is a really strong character up against really high odds, in an unusual or slightly twisted world. In all three of the books, there’s a little bit of a commentary on society, a little bit of a commentary on where things might be going in the future. I don’t know if that’s intentional or if we’re drawn as a group to that material, but there’s definitely something in that.
Wohl: And they’re all grounded. There are high concepts in every one of them, but they’re all very grounded stories. They’re realistic in their way. Even THE 7TH SWORD, which is futuristic and on a different planet — the characters, we try to make as real as we can. I feel readers relate to that, more so than things that are so crazily unbelievable.
Kline: I’m much more drawn to either a fantastical character in a realistic setting, or a realistic character in a fantastical setting. For whatever reason, I’ve never been as interested in a fantastical character in a fantastical setting.