While attending this year’s Emerald City Comicon I was able to sit down with both Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, the dynamic duo behind Star Wars: Legacy volume two and their own creature fest Station to Station.
UTF: The first thing I want to talk about is Star Wars: Legacy. I absolutely love that second volume but as the Star Wars license returns to Disney, how are you guys preparing for the end?
Gabriel Hardman: We’ve written the end of the series and I’ve drawn my last art, although actually there are two pages that I have left to do for the very end of the very last issue. Obviously we would have preferred to have a longer run and be able to wrap up more things that we’d set up, but we had plenty of notice that the thing was going to be over. We were able to write a last arc, so it’s not going to abruptly end or anything.
Corinna Bechko: It has a conclusion to the story we set-up all along. We have a big conclusion.
Gabriel Hardman: It has a definite ending.
UTF: That sounds great. I also know that you guys did a one shot for Dark Horse Presents that later got released as a stand alone, Station to Station. I have to ask where the idea for that come from?
Gabriel Hardman: That’s a tough question to answer actually.
Corinna Bechko: We really like San Fransisco. We live in LA so this is set in the Bay area. Despite the fact that we kind of destroy San Fransisco, we still got to go up there and take lots of research photos.
Gabriel Hardman: As far as the tone of it, we’re big fans of the original 60’s Outer Limits. In a way, this is like a huge scale Outer Limits episode.
Corinna Bechko: It like they had all the budget that they needed.
Gabriel Hardman: If the had all the money in the world. It’s certainly in that vein of a Sci-Fi short story with a twist, but it’s something that we continued, and we plan to continue. We’re working on more Station to Station stories. Hopefully in the future we will be able to continue the story.
UTF: Gabriel your overall artistic style towards visualization is very dynamic. What where your inspirations?
Gabriel Hardman: I have a lot of inspirations art wise. It’s difficult to pin down specific inspirations. I feel like I try not to … I don’t have one huge influence that I model myself after. I’m sort of drawing in a lot of theses influences and synthesizing them into sort of a style that feels maybe vaguely retro, but definitely has modern sensibilities as far as the story telling is concerned.
UTF: I would definitely agree there. My last question is for both of you. We have lots of fanboys and fangirls that frequent the site and I have to ask: if you could say one thing to them, give them one final message in this interview when they read it, what would it be and why?
Gabriel Hardman: I think it’s really just that we’re fans of this stuff, and we’re trying to tell stories that we would like to read. I don’t think this is that different from what anybody else would say, but I think that it’s just very much the case that we’ve read comics, we’re fans of genre stuff, and we’re just trying to create the sort of experience that we would want: a book that we’d want to read.
Corinna Bechko: Always, if you enjoy consuming literature, if you’re a fan of stories, you should feel proud of that because that’s one of the only things that separates humans from animals I think.
Gabriel Hardman: Exactly.
Corinna Bechko: It’s a very human endeavor.
I want to take the time to thank Ms. Corinna Bechko and Mr. Gabriel Hardman for chatting with me. It was a pleasure, and do yourselves a favor go pick up the Station to Station (one-shot) and the trades for Star Wars: Legacy because you won’t regret it.
So what did you think of the interview my fellow fanboys and fangirls?
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