Five For Creating with Mark Bell
Welcome to Five for Creating! An interview series here at CXCBuzz where we focus on getting to know Indie Creators and what they are working on through a series of five questions. This week we chat with Comic Creator Mark Bell who is currently Kickstarting his new book S.P.I.R.I.T.
1. Tell Us about S.P.I.R.I.T.
S.P.I.R.I.T. is an new comic about a group of teen girls who use science to disprove the existence of The Supernatural. In the first issue, they come to face with an actual supernatural occurrence and must come to understand what is happening and solve the ghost’s mystery. It is for all ages and full of fun, mystery and friendship.
2. What inspired you to write this story?
It all began with a trip to the comic book shop where I saw racks and racks of comics with white guys fighting crime in tights. I love superhero comics. That genre initially drew me to the medium but it is not time to mature and broaden all of our tastes. I was tired of some guy gets angry and becomes a superhero so I wanted to try something different. I also always like the way a TV show like The X-Files mixes science and supernatural in an ambiguous way. S.P.I.R.I.T. lets me explore both of this things in a fun way that has readers see new faces and hear different stories.
3. Melissa Capriglione, who our readers know from FACLONHYRSTE, is the artist on the project. How did you two link up and how did you know she was the right person for the job?
I was writing the script for S.P.I.R.I.T. and looking around at Kickstarters to see how they presented material and ran across the Local Haunts Anthology, which is brilliant, and ran across Melissa’s art. It was like lightning. I saw the art that had been in my head while I was writing. I immediately devoured all of FALCONHYRSTE and contacted her. I have to tell you I was really nervous about reaching out. Her art was fantastic and I was sure she would be too busy or have no interest in the project. Turns out she was available and liked the idea so we started to work together. To my great pleasure, she is so easy and creative that collaborating with her is a joy.
4. What is the future hold for the S.P.I.R.I.T franchise?
In my head I have plans for at least a five issue arc. They meet a new friend in the first issue and she becomes both a member of the team and a romantic interest. Also I am hoping to explore fake psychics, Sasquatch, Aliens and Witches amongst other things. If all goes with the initial Kickstarter, we will be back with the Kickstarter for issue two quickly.
5. Here at CXCBuzz we are all about promoting all things Indie. With that being said, besides yourself and your projects, what is one Indie Property or creator you think people need to go check out right now?
Well first, anything Melissa is working on like FALCONHYRSTE, PiNKHEARTS and LOCAL HAUNTS. She is just an artist that makes stories sing. Second I’d recommend some webcomics of the new fantastic friends I have met this year, including people like Matt Taylor and his amazing ADMIRAL, El Gilday’s COASTERLAND, Marsh Kaleido’s BLANK EYES and Mei Lian Hoe’s MY HUSBAND IS A CULTIST.
Mark Bell is bringing his life long love of comics and creating stories together on this special project. His company, Plague Doctor Press, also publishes the Webcomic ZED. He is interested in bringing new voices and new talent to the comic industry. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and kids.
Melissa Capriglione (cap-rig-lee-own) is a queer comic artist living in Indiana. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Drawing and Illustration from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She is best known for self-publishing a Webcomic called “FALCONHYRSTE” with co-author Clara W. since 2016. She specializes in stories featuring women who love women. Her work has also been featured in anthologies such as Awesome ‘Possum, Strange Romance Vol. 3, Lilies Anthology, and Recondite Hill Anthology.