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COMICS CREATOR INTERVIEW: Damien Wampler of Sevara

By Jeff Ayers

COMICS CREATOR INTERVIEW: Damien Wampler of Sevara

At this years Baltimore Comic-Con, I got to sit down briefly with the creator of a new independent comic book Sevara, Damien Wampler. Check out more from the comics website. 

COMICS CREATOR INTERVIEW: Damien Wampler of Sevara

Damien Wampler (left) with the Broken Icon crew

Jeff: Did you end up publishing Sevara yourself, or, how were you able to publish this book?

Damien: It is a creator owned project, and it is published by Broken Icon Comics, which does all science fiction, horror, and fantasy. What is great about working with them, is they don’t censor my work at all. I can print whatever I want. So all the comics are very diverse and very edgy and bold. You won’t get stuff like this in DC or Marvel, or even Dark Horse or Image.

Jeff: That is great. Here at FanboysInc, we love independent comics and creators, because we feel that is what is truly fueling the comic book industry now. What got you into comics, as young kid?

Damien: I had a comic book store in my hometown, I am from Newark, Delaware. I would just walk up to the store and check it out, and I always loved art. I myself am a photographer, so I always focused on great images and imagery. But, you tend to focus on the stories that really appeal to you. So growing up, I think my favorite character was Ghost (Dark Horse Comics). I like that you didn’t really know her backstory, and she was a strong woman with all these incredible powers.

My comic book, Sevara, has some similarities to that. She is a strong woman, she can change form, and you really don’t know the extent of her powers. So that definitely influenced the creation of my character.

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Jeff: Awesome! So, you are busy writer and creator I’m sure, do you get time to read comics? What are you reading now?

Damien: I’m reading a bunch, and it is funny, because all the comics I read right now are also strong female characters. I like Red Sonja, Captain Marvel. I like the sci-fi, fantasy stories with strong female leads.

Jeff: So Sevara just came out, what is next for you? What are you working on now?

Damien: Well, so what I did was, as my comic book artists were drawing the graphic novel, I realized that my readers might want to know something about her origin. She is a goddess, but she was a mortal at one point. So I wrote a novel that explains her backstory, which is a young adult fantasy adventure, kind of like The Hunger Games or Divergent, and it is called Sevara: Dawn of Hope. That is a full length novel that you can pick up and just came out. I also have another project deep in the back of my mind, but I am trying  to find a home for it.

COMICS CREATOR INTERVIEW: Damien Wampler of Sevara

 

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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