KaBOOM! Studios Launches Original Series ‘Capture Creatures’ from ‘Tiny Kitten Teeth’s’ Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson
We are just a little over a month away from the first issue of Capture Creatures #1 from Frank Gibson (The Amazing World of Gumball and Becky Dreistadt (Adventure Time). KaBOOM!, the award-winning all-ages imprint from publisher BOOM! Studios announced back in August that the creators of Tiny Kitten Teeth would be bringing the series this November. Based on a yearlong blog challenge and following a successfully funded Kickstarter for an art book and a widely attended gallery showing of Dreistadt’s original painted art, Capture Creatures is a heartwarming story about over one hundred strange creatures that suddenly appear on Earth and the two teens who will do whatever they can to keep them safe and figure out where they came from.
I first met Becky and Frank at MondoCon in Austin, Texas back in September, and had a chance today to ask Frank a few questions about their upcoming series.
PR: When the BOOM! visual teasers came out, initial thoughts were creatures reminiscent to Pokemon. Are there aspects from Pokemon that influenced these creatures? Where did the idea for your Capture Creatures come from?
FG: The original idea for Capture Creatures was inspired by original Pokemon designer Ken Sugimori. It was an art exercise in designing over 150 creatures painted traditionally in watercolor, gouache and ink, which is how Sugimori designed the original Pokemon. We never wanted it to be a copy or purely derivative, so we pushed the designs in a more naturalistic direction, inspired primarily by nature, a creature’s place in the eco system and folk art.
PR: While Becky was working on the art book, did you guys foresee a comic book series?
FG: There was always a comic in the back there, the Capture Creatures name has been bouncing around our heads for a while and was originally planned to be a webcomic. That original idea will see the light of day eventually though!
PR: The solicit describes Capture Creatures as a heartwarming story about more than one hundred strange creatures that suddenly appear on Earth. Describe these creatures if you will in detail, and talk about (if you can), where these creatures come from?
FG: I can’t go into a huge amount of detail on each particular creature, there’s a book for that one, but where they came from is one of the central mysteries to the first six issues of the comic. It’s not so much where they came from, it’s how they came back and why they’re so different now.
PR: Who are the central characters in your story? What are the names of the main creatures and what roles will they play? Do they possess any powers or special abilities.
FG: You’re going to meet a young girl, her new friend and a defeated authority figure. It’s a story about relationships and different people coming together, people finding their cause. I remember being very driven and goal oriented when I was a kid, but when I hit high-school I lost the plot a little bit and drifted. These are three people drifting in different directions. The main creature is Bon Bon Fire, the other two are mysteries!
PR: How many stories do you guys have written and where do you see the series going?
FG: I want to do a lot of things Pokemon can’t do due to various restrictions in how they tell stories. I want people to go back to locations, I want them to tangibly change the world. If you think about it, having incredibly powerful creatures would change the way people live their everyday lives. I want to show a societal shift and push-back. I have a good year’s worth of material thoroughly planned out and we have a bunch of plans beyond that for Capture Creatures
PR: Finally I have to ask, what were your thoughts on the inaugural MondoCon? Did you enjoy your stay in Austin?
FG: MondoCon is the best, I hope the show runs against next year. The last time I was in Austin prior was two years beforehand for the first Adventure Time gallery show, where Becky and I painted the Finn, Jake, Fionna, Cake and Rainicorn murals on the walls of the gallery. Working with Mondo on posters, art and just generally hanging out with them is the best. They’re great. Also Austin is so much fun, incredible food and drinks everywhere. I make my own breakfast tacos every day, but they’re never the same as the ones in Austin.
From BOOM! Studios:
“Becky and Frank are both enormously talented, and we’re so happy to be working with them again on a new original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’ve created over a hundred amazing creatures, making this a very ambitious project that has potential for so many delightful stories. There are adorable creatures for everybody to discover, and each one of them comes with their own unique story.”
Capture Creatures #1 arrives from KaBOOM! in comic shops on November 26th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code SEP141165. The main covers are illustrated by Becky Dreistadt and Joy Ang, with retailer incentive covers by Missy Pena (The Amazing World of Gumball) and Amanda Visell. The Final Order Cutoff date for retailers is November 3rd. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.