Today, we have the privilege of talking with Richard T. Wilson, the creator of Halloween Girl comics, the volume 2 of which is releasing on April 30th 2022 on Amazon! Emmy® Award Winner, Richard T. Wilson serves as the President/Writer-Filmmaker of RTW Productions, Inc., home to the nationally recognized educational film company, OutreachArts, Inc. and its award-winning, sister company, Mad Shelley Films (‘Under the Flowers’, ‘The Halloween Girl’ film & graphic novel). To date, he has had over 70 of his plays and films produced and seen some of the same work featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, PBS, and The Independent Film Channel. However, Wilson is probably best known for creating both the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning TV/DVD series, ‘Maple Ave’, and the hit, supernatural web series, ‘Under the Flowers’.
Darsh Davis: Q.1 Hello Richard and thank you for talking with us today. Please tell us about yourself and how you became an author?
Richard T. Wilson: Thanks for the opportunity to chat, Darsh! Honestly, it all took off for me on the last day of fourth grade when the teacher handed out random pictures and asked us to write a story about them – and I got one of the Apollo missions! This was my jackpot moment, since I was obsessed with space travel and the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ films. So, here was my chance to write about my own cranky astronauts getting lost in space, going on adventures – I was in Heaven! But, honestly, I think the writing seed was first planted when I saw a brilliant, animated version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (the Richard Williams production) when I was even younger. So, yeah, between Rod Serling and Charles Dickens my mind was officially blown – and I’ve been writing ever since!
Q.2 What inspired you to write for the horror genre?
Richard: I’ve always been a fan of the horror genre and the whole idea of running into the darkness to face your fears. I just find I’m better able to express myself in a surreal setting like horror. It’s easier to embrace the mysteries of life for me there – and a lot more fun than writing family dramas!
Q.3 How has been your experience while writing the Halloween Girl so far? What’s the best memory about this journey?
Richard: So many great experiences, but realizing that I’ve never been more myself in telling these stories was a game changer. As a writer, I always felt very much in service to others doing my OutreachArts films – and I was very driven to make a difference in that way. But writing the ‘Halloween Girl’ books was like discovering a Christmas gift that’s been patiently waiting for you, lost all these years, but well worth the wait.
Q.4 What can be done to make people and children read more books and graphic novels so they avoid screens?
Richard: Parents need to make reading a part of their child’s life from day one and, as they grow older, underscore the unique intimacy that reading offers. So, even when they get caught up with other things, they’ll always return to it because they know they can’t get that experience anywhere else.
Q.5 Talking about screens and TV, how would you feel if your Halloween Girl graphic novel becomes an animated movie or a show someday? Are you open to that idea?
Richard: Oh, absolutely! Yeah, that would be wonderful – just as long as I don’t have to make it! (laughs)
Q.6 Your career and work is truly inspiring, Richard. What is your advice for anyone who wants to be an author or create a graphic novel?
Richard: Wow, that’s really kind of you to say, Darsh, thank you. Here are my two cents… Good writing is simply having an open, honest conversation – first with yourself and then with others. And part of any good conversation is being a good listener (it’s not a lecture!). Also, if you’re a writer looking for illustrators, I highly recommend Fiverr – we have an incredible team and I connected with each and every one of them there. They’re taking the ‘Halloween Girl’ to amazing places I could have never imagined – and that’s a great conversation to have!
Q.7 What effect the 2020 pandemic had on you and your work? Now that the situation is better in 2022, how has your work life changed?
Richard: Well, I’ve suffered with an anxiety disorder my whole life, but I’d always used my writing to help offload alot of it (or so I thought). However, the pandemic, January 6th, they were the catalysts that finally showed me that I had just been treading water all these years. This time last year I was really falling apart and I finally got some much needed help. And can I just say, don’t be afraid to reach out – it can make all the difference! Anyway, I wrote three ‘Halloween Girl’ books during that time and I consider them the best work I’ve ever done. The third book I finished in January and it’s very pandemic-centric!
Q.8 How do you manage your time with all of your writing work? Also, do you have any hobbies or other non-writing work which is occupying you these days?
Richard: Since I retired from my educational film company, OutreachArts I’ve really been on quite a journey. From our Mad Shelley Films work to teaching college to writing the graphic novels, it’s been one sea change after another. Other than that, I’m just enjoying spending time with family and friends and listening to as much rock & roll as humanly possible!
Q.9 Besides Halloween Girl, which other work from you would you like the readers to check out?
Richard: Well, all my work, past and present, is on our company web site, https://www.rtwfilms.com. Having said that, our Mad Shelley Films work is where the ‘Halloween Girl’ characters first took flight in the film ‘The Halloween Girl’ and its sister web series, ‘Under the Flowers’. While these are very different storylines from the book, I think fans of the graphic novel would enjoy them as well!
Q.10 What would you like the readers to know about your upcoming Halloween Girl Vol.2 and also what makes Halloween Girl comics / graphic novels a must read?
Richard: Well, in this next one, Charlotte has fallen into a Hollow trap and finds herself caught in a giant spider’s web in some subterranean prison – or is it? Because as the story unfolds we discover that The Hollow have a knack for zeroing in on a prisoner’s nightmares, breaking their spirit – and then harvesting their souls. So, can Charlotte break free in time to save herself and the other prisoners – and discover her deeper powers along the way?
At its core though, the ‘Halloween Girl’ isn’t just a supernatural adventure series, it’s a story about two best friends, Charlotte and Poe, helping one another through the darkness and laughing along the way. I think of it as kind of a Horror version of ‘Dr. Who’ – let’s save the world but, please, don’t take things too seriously! I mean, there are always plenty more worlds to save, right?
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Halloween Girl Team Biographies
WRITER: Emmy® Award Winner, Richard T. Wilson serves as the President/Writer-Filmmaker of RTW Productions, Inc., home to the nationally recognized educational film company, OutreachArts, Inc. and its award-winning, sister company, Mad Shelley Films (‘Under the Flowers’, ‘The Halloween Girl’ film & graphic novel). To date, he has had over 70 of his plays and films produced and seen some of the same work featured on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, PBS, and The Independent Film Channel. However, Wilson is probably best known for creating both the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning TV/DVD series, ‘Maple Ave’, and the hit, supernatural web series, ‘Under the Flowers’.
ARTIST: Stephen Mullan is an Irish artist with proficiency in comic book art, illustration, and graphic design. He holds a Foundation Degree in Art and Design and a BA in Illustration and Visual Communication from the University of Westminster. Stephen has been professionally illustrating for the past four years and has worked with independent comic book publishers and self-publishers from all over the world to create distinctive artwork for a wide variety of projects.
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Our Review:-[Comic Book Review] Halloween Girl – Volume 2
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