In the final episode of Off Panel from this year’s Emerald City ComiCon, the co-creators of the upcoming Isola from Image Comics and part of the team behind DC’s Gotham Academy – Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl – talk their creative partnership and what their new book is all about. They talk their longtime friendship, mutual interests, how they work together, how Isola’s been developed, where inspiration for the project struck, interest in stories that mesh the natural world with the developed world, creative freedom, what made Image the right fit for the book, how they picked the format of the book, the influence the video game Dark Souls has on Isola, the give and take of how they work, what the Image Expo experience was like, and more. Their book isn’t coming for a while now, but this conversation will give you plenty of reasons to be excited for it.
Header image is from the teaser art for Isola, art by Kerschl. Intro music is Yo La Tengo’s “Periodically Double or Triple”, used with their permission (if they remember…I swear it’s true YLT!).