Cyberpunk theme and non-stop action, what more could you want in a comic?
I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Aaron Calimeri, a good friend of mine and fellow writer, about a project he’s been working on for a while now. I have to admit, I’ve known about this particular project for a while as he asked me to be the body model for the main character in the comic.
Enjoy the interview as Aaron gives us a lot of details about the story, its characters, and how big of a role comics had into making him the writer he is today.
Interviewer: My first question is, what started your journey as a creative writer? What inspired you?
Aaron: Comic books! I started reading and collecting around 1988 when I was 9 years old. My best friend was a great artist and I had gotten elementary school awards for creative writing. I was mostly inspired by Chris Claremont on X-MEN and WOLVERINE and Peter David on HULK.
Even today, those stories are still inspiring. What kind didn’t want to be part of the X-men? You’re writing a comic, why choose this form of storytelling?
I would love to try a movie someday but there are cost barriers. And I’ve never quite gotten the hang of long-form prose, such as novels. I really love the artwork in comic books and it’s fun to see what artists can do with a story. Comic books lack audio, but otherwise, it’s the perfect form of storytelling! I love the lack of “special effects budget”. If you need to blow up a spaceship, it costs the same as two characters kissing!
That’s a good point, I never thought about it that way. Production costs of movies include a team of people, which that alone can be extremely expensive. I’d love to see a CyberShock movie someday. I’m a sucker for Cyberpunk. What can you tell us about the story?
CyberShock is a Cyberpunk action story about a female black ops agent who steals dangerous mind control software from the company who gave her cybernetic upgrades. She has always been troublesome and a bit of a lone wolf. She does not agree with the direction the company is going and decides to do something to stop them. Along the way, she meets obstacles, including a male bounty hunter who went through the same upgrade process as her. It is interesting to see the way their relationship unfolds throughout the story. Oh, and they also fight a “spider tank”!
Ah, so we’ll see then if opposites do truly attract. For sure, UltraViolet is great. I know some people did not enjoy it, but I love over the top action and sci-fi and that’s what the movie offered. Anything else you want to say, or tease perhaps?