Penning a variety of comic books in just over 5 years, Andi Ewington is a comic writer for 451 Entertainment – a technology-focused entertainment company that works with highly accomplished talent, co-founded by Michael Bay. They build, produce and own a portfolio of exclusive brands and licensable characters – one of these is the upcoming Red Dog mini-series written by Rob Cohen (xXx, The Fast and the Furious). Ewington has recently completed an adaptation of the story, and we’re big fans of his work.
We managed to have a chat with the man himself about comics he’s written, how he got in the position to write them, and what he’d love to write in the future.
Please introduce yourself to our readers – how long have you been writing comics, and how did you manage to get into the comic book industry?
I’m Andi Ewington, I’m a comic writer for 451 Media Group on titles such as Exmortis, S6X, Sunflower and Red Dog. I’ve also written one-shots for Dark Souls II and Just Cause 3. I’ve been writing comics since 2010 when my debut graphic novel, Forty-Five, was published. I managed to get into the comic industry via a kind of secret back door… A design agency I was working for at the time had a comic publishing arm, so I punted my graphic novel to them, they liked it and I was on my way. Six years and over thirty comics later, here I am!
How did you manage to write comics for games such as Dark Souls II and Just Cause 3?
Sheer determination! I’m fortuitous that, in my day job as an Art Director, I’m able to work on some amazing game properties designing advertising campaigns, packaging or additional materials… such as comics. With the comic production experience I’ve accrued over the years, and the contacts I’ve made in the computer game industry, I managed to convince both Square Enix and Namco Bandai to trust me with their respective AAA titles. I pitched the idea of a one shot comic that would support the launch of the main game. The comics were the perfect opportunity to reveal more about the game without giving up any of the key secrets. It’s not as easy as it sounds, it’s a tricky balance of holding back on divulging any crucial information while retaining a cohesive and complete reading experience. Both comics had the awesome Simon Coleby on art duties.
What are you currently writing at the moment?
I’m currently developing a Freeway Fighter comic at the moment. I don’t know if you remember the Fighting Fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, which were huge back in the mid 80’s? I’ve been a fan of these gamebooks since I was in my early teens. They were a big part of my life growing up so to be able to create a comic of one of these iconic titles is a dream come true. Also one of my own IP’s has just been picked up by a major publisher. I can’t say too much at this stage but I’m really excited to get started on it.
Awesome! We’ve read and reviewed Red Dog #1 (we loved it, by the way), can you give us any hints as to where the story will go?
I’m glad you enjoyed it, I can’t say too much for obvious reasons, but expect to see more from the indigenous population!
How did you get involved with Michael Bay’s 451 Entertainment?
Again, right time… right place. A good friend, Gus Vasquez, mentioned to me that a new publisher was looking for new writers on their comic properties. I sent over a few sample scripts and they seemed to like my stuff. I was given Exmortis to work on, as well as S6X and Sunflower. I’ve become a bit of a regular writer for them, and have just finished adapting Rob Cohen’s sci-fi blockbuster, Red Dog.
If you could write any comic, for any publisher, what would it be and why?
Wow, what a choice. You know, I’m going to stick with my fantasy routes and say Dynamite’s Red Sonja – I really love a bit of sword and sorcery!
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Some say there’s no greater love in the universe than the love a boy has for his dog. For Kyle, the only kid living amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth, that saying is a given. Welcome to Kirawan, a planet that Kyle calls, “the worst place you could ever imagine.” Kyle stumbles through his days doing his chores hoping to live up to the steep demands of his father, the head of the planet’s mining operation. Still, it’s not all bad, there’s Q, Kyle’s robotic K-9, basically the greatest pet in the known universe. However, during an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full scale attack on the human miners. The events that follow thrust Kyle and Q into the middle of a mysterious civil war; a war in which the fate of the planet will hang. Welcome to the world of RED DOG, the new groundbreaking adventure series from the screenwriter of FAST AND THE FURIOUS, XXX.