And just to make things even better, I got to interview Matt Maiellaro. (Yes, I totally freaked out.) We talked about KNOWBODYS, Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, andAmerica’s next favorite character. He is, unsurprisingly, a very funny guy.
You’ve been working in TV for a long time now – what brought you to comics? Was KNOWBODYS created specifically to be a graphic novel, or did you initially think of it in terms of a TV series?
KNOWBODYS was an idea I had for a movie a few years back. In the original idea, the Knowbodys were created to track down a series of mutants that had escaped a secret bio-weapons lab. The Knowbodys had powers – but not efficient ones – more like, stupid ones. I pitched it around a tiny bit and then put it on the shelf. Kickstart caught wind of the idea through a friend of mine and they called, wanting to make it into a graphic novel. Since I had never written a graphic novel, I said yes immediately. As the project developed we ended up changing some elements to give it a more grounded tone: we added ghosts, goblins, ghouls, the Mothman, werewolves – all the ingredients of a well-grounded story. I wanted to add a Tree-Shark but held back on that knowing it would make its own great story up the road “Shriek of the Tree-Shark.” So yes, it was a television series turned into a comic.