Interview: Casey Allen | Voodoo Chille

I last talked with Casey back when him and John Horsley came on to talk at the time their project. The Eynes Anthology: Book #1. Now he has come back to talk his latest project and Kickstarter Campaign for Voodoo Chille. We discuss a little bit of what’s been going on behind the scenes, and how Voodoo Chille came to be made.

Casey, welcome back! I last talked with you about Eynes Anthology. How have you been?

I’ve been well, man. I’m ready to shake the cobwebs off and get on with my life after the year on pause.

What have been difficult obstacles that you overcome while helping Spoiler Universe and trying to create comics?

Well, as you’re starting to learn now, being a parent and having a creative life aren’t always compatible. Add a full time job into the mix and it starts feeling like you’re constantly spinning plates. I really enjoy doing interviews with Spoiler Country, and I love writing comics. I also love being present and available to my family which leads to late hours and little sleep. So, biggest obstacle: sleep deprivation. Haha. After that it’s just finding time to do it all.

Voodoo Chille, what is it, who is part of it and how can we help prepare for the sequel to come haha? By the way, congratulations on getting the project funded in 12 Hours!

Thanks, man! It’s exciting! So, Voodoo Chille is an action/horror comic by myself and artist PL Woods. On the outside it’s a war comic with a Voodoo twist. The themes in the comic are about free will versus destiny and finding your identity for yourself.

Was there any sort of research behind the story of Voodoo Chille?

I went down the rabbit hole in the research phase of this book. I know that anytime you write something that not only deals with a certain time, but also a culture that you’re not familiar with, there is a certain amount of research that needs to happen. I wanted to know exactly where this book takes place in Vietnam, so I studied the hell out of the area and where our troops were in relation to that in 1968. Additionally, I did a ton of research on New Orleans voodoo and Haitian Voodoo. I have a few characters in the book that stem from the Haitian voodoo tradition, and I wanted to be respectful as I could but at the same time I want to stress that this story is not at all how I want anyone to learn about voodoo. Those stories are all a fascinating and rich tradition that is far more meaningful and interesting than anything I could conjure up. This story was inspired by that tradition but at its heart, Voodoo Chille is about a young guy trying to find his way through a terrifying situation.

What has been smooth sailing and rough sailing trying to complete and get this out there?

Smooth sailing has been my working relationship with Pete L Woods. He’s an amazing guy and I couldn’t ask for a better partner on this book.  The rough sailing part has been the whole “getting it done” thing. We didn’t want to go to Kickstarter until it had been completed and we were midway through the second chapter. We are there now and we’ve learned ways to do it faster. I’m actually halfway through script three and the entire series has been outlined. I think we made our mistakes early on in the process, but since we were on our own deadline, we could fix them and learn from them.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be and why?

I finally saw Hereditary the other day. I wish I could go back and unsee it.

 I know you probably wanted an example from the comic process, but as we have taken our time with this I think we have been able to change things we don’t like fairly easily. 

I noticed the campaign when done, rewards and such are being shipped from the United Kingdom. What is the process and how did that sort of decision come into effect?

Well, Pete is from the UK, and when we started this he pretty much said “I want to do this thing. I know you have kids and they take a considerable amount of time and attention, so I’ll handle the boring stuff”. He said it much more eloquently than that, but regardless, he gave me an opportunity to write my story and learn the process from him as we go. I can’t go on enough about how well organized and determined this guy is. Pete has a plan and I trust that plan, so it’s my job to help get the ball to the goal line.

Can you tease us with any juicy details of what’s to come in 2021?

So hopefully by the end of the year we will have had not only this issue out on Kickstarter and in people’s hands by July, but another issue on KS and hopefully delivered. We may even try for three. We have five issues planned and another series based on the same characters and concepts but ten years later in the works. Additionally we have a pet project based around a notorious painting and a famous detective.

You’re also part of The Comic Jam, where people can help create mini stories and meet people for projects. Can you tell us more about it and how someone could get involved?

I’d love to! The Comic Jam is a collective of writers and artists that work together each week to make comics. The goal is to collaborate and build our portfolios as well as network within a group that strives to encourage and maintain positivity. I’ve made some amazing friends in this group and we’ve had folks move on to do amazing things. If you’re interested in joining, message us on Twitter @thecomicjam and I’ll get back to you.

Thank you Casey for your time, I can’t wait to see the full Voodoo Chille story come to life, before departing. Are there any final words to the readers?

Yes! Check out this comic. If you like the films of Tarantino and Romero, or you appreciate the comics of Garth Ennis, then you are probably our audience. We’ve had a blast making this as violent and creepy as we can and it will only get more extreme. Keep your eyes peeled because we have more coming soon. If you like what you see, let us know.


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