Questions for Anthony Volpe regarding the F.U.B.A.R. Saga
Q: Why did you choose 3797 A.D. as the time when the Teff Comet would hit the Earth?
Q: What was your inspiration for Gryphon?
As G-Man "evolved" into Gryphon, he became bigger, much more powerful, and much less goofy, and I created the time-traveler story to give him some seriousness. He lost a lot of his humor, but he gained a lot of mystery and a lot of dimension.
Q: Your female characters seem to kick a lot more ass than most females in movies and comic books. Why is that?
Q: Do you hate guys?
Q: Are any of the characters in F.U.B.A.R. based on you?
Q: How far will you go with your novels as far as sex and violence?
The violence in the book is unavoidable in certain instances. Tycho and Gryphon are two of the most powerful beings who ever existed on Earth. In order to prove that, they needed to kick some ass. I do regret having Gryphon wallop the Shoesburg Rebels like he did in F.U.B.A.R., but sometimes he doesn't know his own strength (besides, they were about to kill Jockman). Regardless, I have a thing for putting some kickass action sequences in my books and comics I guess that's what happens when you grow up watching the WWF.
Kilroy Was Here will take the subject of college rape and tackle it head on, and out of all five books, this one will end up being the darkest and most jaw-dropping as far as its subject matter. There's absolutely no way to tone down what the main antagonist in this book, The Remover, will do to her victims, and quite frankly, I don't want to.
Q: Does Tycho suffer from Evil Overlord Syndrome?
When I don't have a human being in real life to base a character on, I have to invent him from scratch. Tycho had no basis on any human being or celebrity, and the results ended up cold compared to Judy Kilroy and Pigman. but as The Gryphon Chronicle is re-drafted, Tycho will become more interesting, more motivated, and possibly even more pitiable.
Q: Are Devastator and Oblivion the same person?
Q: Who is the most evil character in the series? Pigman, Judy Kilroy, or Tycho?
Judy Kilroy comes a very close second only because she's nowhere near as much of a sociopath as Tycho. Murder isn't out of her agenda if it means keeping Duncan University a money-generating enterprise. Revenge isn't out of her agenda either, especially in regards to Shades and Devastator. However, planet-wide genocide isn't conducive to her and the school making a profit.
Pigman is more of a victim than a villain. His attitude toward women is one thing he can certainly be faulted for, but at least he doesn't want to kill them. Think of it MaryJane called him "Tony" the first time he had sex and he let her live!
The final books in the series will feature a handful of new bad guys (Svetlana Kornychkova and Yamin in particular) that could very well rival Tycho and Judy as far as how evil they are.
Q: The 38th century in The Gryphon Chronicle seems way too much like the 20th. Shouldn't technology have progressed a little more?
Authors have been trying to predict the future since they could write. They haven't been 100% correct, and neither will I. According to the movies and cartoons in the 60s, we're supposed to be in flying cars and going to Jupiter to look for monoliths. Here we are in 2003 and we cant even feed the homeless much less colonize Mars.
Regardless of the time period the story occurs in and the obvious chronological advances that will take place, it isn't going to make for much of an entertaining story if it can't be placed in the mindset of English-speaking 21st century America. We think, act, and live vastly different than people did in 200 A.D., and the 38th century's people will live, communicate, and think in ways we will not be able to comprehend or imagine in our wildest dreams. To write an "accurate depiction of the 38th century" is impossible; there is nothing to base such accuracy on and there will not be until 1,700 years from now.
Q: Do you have plans to resurrect the comic book?