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Where did the idea of Brother Dust begin?
Several years ago, I (Steve) was working on a comic book called “Driver”. It was a story about a guy from the Spartan era who found himself in a sybiotic relationship with a sword that was possessed. He sold his soul to this sword with the promise that he would “Never lose a battle but never know peace.” It was a vow he wished he never would have made.
In a small, casual, brainstorming session with a friend of mine (whose name happened to be Dusty) there was a suggestion made that he should have an enemy who was a monk named Brother Dust that could turn himself in to dust at a whim. It was a joke. It was ill conceived. But it was too good to pass up.
That night I began to think of the possibilties but quickly realized it was too close to many other villians already created by writers better than me! I gave up the idea until it hit me; he doesn’t have to be a villian. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with Driver and it could be a dang good story. I continued developing it and brought my artist friend Bret Duley (duleynoted.wordpress.com) into the fray. He loved it as much as I did.
After months of planning and several pages drawn by Bret, Inked by Jack Fleming and Written and Colored by yours truly, Bret decided to go full time into the marines. That left him with very little time for art (although I believe there’s greatness in his future!!). I gave up on Brother Dust until Aaron Hall came along. We began talking about writing together and after a bit of thought I presented him with the script for my first issue of Brother Dust, the comic. He loved it! Within days we had an outline and chapter one was well under way.
I was blown away. I had given him a bare bones script and he began to pour thousands of words onto paper. He developed what was just panels on a page into a beautiful chapter. Chapter one was complete and I was floored. He created characters that have found their way into the center of my heart. To read the first chapter of Brother Dust: The Resurgence click here (Coming soon).
When did you begin writing?
STEVE: Boy, what a tough question to answer. I don’t know that I can pinpoint a starting moment. I know this– every time “Creative Writing” came up as a part of the ciriculum at school, my sensors started firing on all cylinders. I loved CW portions of the year. I remember even as a little kid using my Tandy 1000 computer from radio shack to write short stories. I couldn’t have been more than 8-9 years old. I wrote a story that was highly influenced by the Pilgram’s Progress. I couldn’t tell you what the story was about, but I remember drawing the cover art for the “book” and it was epic! (Not really, I was 8).