I had the honor of interviewing dark moon creator Tom Freeman, please check out all the dark moon stuff-

Me: So my first question is, for those that aren’t familiar with dark moon, describe it for us please
TF: Dark Moon is a sci-fi / horror comic series, based on the story of some people on Earth that are forced to teleport away from Earth during an unexpected meteor impact in the late 21st century, and end up on a distant moon, with limited air, water, and food, and find out they are not alone.  

Where our comic series gets really fun, is that we use music and sound FX to enhance the reading experience, and offer a variety of ways of experiencing the combination of our music and art.  The main experience is a motion comic into trilogy, of which we are currently at #2, this is the best way to get the whole story.  

But we also offer a print edition of our first comic, with a music soundtrack available for download or on CD, which has exclusive songs not available as part of the motion comic.  And one of my favorite aspects is our music video series, which combines our music and comic art with some incredible 3D animation.  

Me: So it’s like an animated film?
TF: In many ways, yes, the series has the feel of a movie, as the Madefire application we designed our motion comic on allows for motion and sound.  But the experience still has a comic book feel as well, since you are still turning pages, reading speech bubbles, etc.  We chose Madefire as the vehicle for our comic because of this unique balance of new tech and a traditional comic reading experience.

Me: So it’s like an animated film?
TF: In many ways, yes, the series has the feel of a movie, as the Madefire application we designed our motion comic on allows for motion and sound.  But the experience still has a comic book feel as well, since you are still turning pages, reading speech bubbles, etc.  We chose Madefire as the vehicle for our comic because of this unique balance of new tech and a traditional comic reading experience.

Me: Awesome!, so were you inspired by people like Frank Miller?, or where do you find inspiration?
TF: Definitely Frank Miller’s work is amazing and inspiring!  I also draw a lot of inspiration from directors that let sound play a major role in the story, such as John Carpenter, David Lynch, and others…  In their work there are moments when the sound and imagery come together to create something very powerful & visceral, and it’s moments like these that I try to create in my own work.

Me: So sounds and visual are what make the story for you?
TF: Yes, while the story itself is exciting and interesting, from my perspective it is a vehicle to develop powerful moments created by the combination of art and sound.  This is why we have not only explored telling our story in motion comic form, but also as a series of music videos, downloadable soundtracks, etc.

Me: And those can be found online?, and you’re doing crowdfunding for more?
TF: Yes, we’ve decided to offer the introductory trilogy as a free motion comic series, the first two are out and can be viewed on DeviantArt here:

Episode #1: http://freematik.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Moon-Issue-1-Transported-to-a-Dark-Moon-491512045
Episode #2: http://freematik.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Moon-2-Into-the-Abyss-540417867

These can also be viewed on phones and tablets via the Madefire application, which is available for free as well on iOS and Droid.  I really think the tablet experience via the Madefire application is one of the coolest ways to watch our comic!

After this, we are exploring options on how to present the full story of Dark Moon.  Ideally we find a publisher that sees the potential of our comic and we can expand the story of Dark Moon greatly with their help.  Another option is to continue the story via Kickstarter, where we might consider offering an “Omnibus” print edition, that contains the intro trilogy along with an extended issue that takes the story much further, all part of one graphic novel.  

For now, we are concentrating on making our next episode, Dark Moon #3, the most exciting and interesting motion comic yet!

Me: Tell us about #3
TF: Well our story started with a lot of mystery in Episode #1.  Readers didn’t know much about who these survivors were, why they were stuck on the moon, and what was going on. 

Episode #2 explained some of the mysteries, and readers get a better view of the overall story, while also increasing the action and tension.

Episode #3 should tie up most of the loose ends for readers, while also having the most action and horror elements, so I think fans that have enjoyed the first two will be blown away by the third!  And while readers will have a sense of finality as far as finishing this initial intro trio, we will leave them with a new sense of mystery about what happens next!

Me: Awesome!, so how many total episodes can we expect?
TF: In our intro motion comic trilogy, it seems possible that the story could just end right there, it seems very bleak for the initial seven survivors that the story is focused on.  But without giving away too much, there will be plenty more story to tell afterwards, and we can see the story of Dark Moon continuing for several years!  

I have a loose outline of what would happen in the near and far future of the story, but some of what happens in each episode is spontaneous, based on what I feel would work best.  I like to think of this aspect in terms of physics, because in classical physics we can plot where something is headed, but on a smaller quantum level, there is an element of mystery and unknownness to what will happen, and yet these two elements work together in harmony to bring us our universe.

So while I have an idea of what will happen, I have no idea how many issues the story could take to get there, and even then, the future seems wide open!  This is why I would really like to find a publisher for Dark Moon, since up to now I have self-funded the series to bring it to fans for free, but I have taken it about as far as I can, and there is so much more story to tell.  While Kickstarter is an option, we feel that Dark Moon should be in comic stores across the world, and this is really only possible via a publisher.

Me: So there are plans to get a publisher?
TF: Definitely, that is what we are working on right now!  We will be submitting to a number of publishers soon, now that the San Diego Comic Con craziness is dying down, and really hope we find a publisher that sees the potential in our comic.  

I think our series should be very interesting for publishers to consider, since we offer a lot more than a traditional comic book.  We have the musical aspect, which includes electronic music and hip hop, as well some of the most creepy background music ever made.  Our motion comics also offer a glimpse of what our comic would look like as a movie or TV show, and there also is a lot in our comic that would make a great game!  

In addition to all of this, we have some very amazing fans, and some of them have already begun writing the publishers, which is exciting!  I think we have a huge upside to consider for any publisher, so we will be working very hard in the next few weeks to find the right one!

Me: So you were featured at comiccon?
TF: No, this year we didn’t even attend comiccon!  We were there last year just to attend, but I think our comic is doing better at spreading the word online than we could at conventions right now.  I do love the conventions, and would love to start going to more and meeting some of our fans across the world, but for now our small indie comic is concentrating on our online marketing, which I think offers a “small fish” like us a more level playing field.  

From my own convention experience, it takes a little while to get back to business as usual afterwards, which is why we are waiting a little while to talk with publishers.

Me: So you said-“Our motion comics also offer a glimpse of what our comic would look like as a movie or TV show, and there also is a lot in our comic that would make a great game!”, do you plan on a movie, show, or game?
TF: We definitely are going to try and get our comic into the hands of people that can make that happen.  I think it is pretty clear in both games and movies, that there is a lack of new ideas that are truly original.  In our comic, there is a lot to the story that is unique, and there are a lot of directions we can take that would be exciting and different.

We are not industry veterans, though, the artist and I are completely new to comics, and so finding the right people to talk to, and how to approach them, is in many ways a mystery to us.  I am confident we will figure it out, like we figured out how to make our motion comic!

Me: Well we definitely look forward to what happens!, so other than dark moon, is there anything for fans?
TF: In the course of making Dark Moon, I have amassed a huge amount of some of the creepiest music ever made, so I would love to see some of this show up in a movie or game!  Besides this, I do have an idea for another comic, which is a horror comedy, but this will be on the back burner for a long, long time!

Me: Well we definitely look forward to seeing what happens!, so one final question, from reading my blog, you can tell I’m a Christian, what are your spiritual views and how do they affect your work?
TF: This is a tough question for me, because whenever I try to put what I truly believe in words, it comes out wrong, so I would say “it’s complicated”.  I feel like in my personal case, if I said I was a Christian without going into a lot of detail of what I believe specifically, I wouldn’t be true to myself.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for religion, so think I do a better service to it by keeping my views to myself, while accepting that others have a different way of expressing themselves that is just as legitimate.

I don’t think any of this comes out in my work.  In #1 they bury one of the dead using a cross, which shows that at least some of the survivors are Christians, but they are Christian’s by their own choice, not mine, if that makes any sense…  

Me: I see, thank you so much for this interview
TF: I really appreciate the interview and your time!  Thanks for the opportunity!

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