Legendary friend and comic book writer Josh Gorfain is getting down to the wire on his Kickstarter campaign for issue 1 and 2 of MEATSPACE. There are a plethora of cool goodies for the lucky people who donate including everything from original artwork to a delicious home cooked meal for four prepared by the writer himself (the chocolate chip cookies for dessert are sure to be delicious). I had a chance to ask Josh some questions to help us delve deeper into the project's vision...
What is Meatspace about?
Meatspace centers around a fella named Lance Brighton. He was one of the first people to have his brain implanted into a robotic body, due to injury during wartime. After the fallout from doing this, mostly alienation of his friends and divorce from his wife), Lance retreated into a virtual reality video game. In the game he didn't have to worry about how people saw him, he could appear as human (or elven) as everyone else. The game also allowed him to reconnect with his son, Johnny, who was a celebrity playing the game. When Johnny dies under mysterious circumstances, he is forced out of his seclusion as he goes on the hunt for the person responsible and find out why.
What inspired you to tell this story?
I was addicted to World of Warcraft and other MMO's (Everquest, City of Heroes, etc.) when my marriage was falling apart and my life was down in the dumps. The virtual achievements, while having zero influence in real life, still gave the rush of accomplishment. It was very addicting…being a major player in a cyberspace and a loser in meatspace.When the auto industry crash happened in '08, I had very little to do with my time, so I figured I'd pour all these issues I had into the story. Something snapped where the virtual lifestyle wasn't good enough any more. I wrote at the behest of a friend who was willing to draw it. Her and their friends encouraged me to keep going and get it done.What drew you to the style of the artist and how do you two meet?Well, the first artist, Andrew MacLean, I found through a friend of mine, Jamie Gambell (who runs monkeypipestudios.com - where the first 12 pages of Meatspace and other great books can be read) and he loved the story and the freedom I gave him with his designs. His artwork is very distinct and styled and gorgeous.While I'm sad that Andrew's way to busy with other commitments to work on the other two (best problem to have, yeah?). I'm glad I found Matt Furber, also through another friend of mine, Laura Lee Gulledge (who did the amazing books Paige by Page and Will & Whit) and he loved the story and concept. Seeing his artwork made my jaw drop to the floor. It was perfect. He sent me some character sketches and mock ups and a double page spread and they continue to floor me. The grittiness that he portrays for this sci-fi world is astonishing.
What are some things readers should expect to see in the future issues?
Well, the first arc consists of 1-3. In it we get a lot of action and the complete story about Johnny's demise and the reasons behind it. We see Lance grow as a person, ending the story in a much better place than he starts. Lastly, the set up for the next arc, where Lance and company have to face the danger and terror that's Johnny's legacy.
If Lance Brighton faced one of The Legends on Meatspace's MMORG. What do you think would happen?
Lance, on the superficial level, is a fairly amicable gentleman when he's not on the warpath. If the Legends were new to the game, he's show them around, give them some pointers…but if they crossed him…well, it wouldn't be pretty as we will see in the second issue.
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