I met Nick during my years of college in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He’s a Goode dude with his head set straight & is brighter than a lightbulb, a lot of people undermine him as some wanna-be indie kid that reads and likes obscure shit, when in reality , he is the Indie-King, never mind kid. I really don’t know what else to say other than i’ve bought everything he and Harry (Hughes, Illustrator) have published because its quality, these guys know what they want and are willing to get the job done.
Nick is also someone great to watch series with cause he knows semiotics and theories and we can geek out about hidden meanings allowing more light to be shed on questionable details.
" My name is Phil and for 5 years I have been stranded on tumblr with only one goal, to be a journalist or photographer, now in 2014 I have succeeded at both, but in order to maintain it I must find those in need " Goode Arrow
Before the interview starts I would like to say
R.I.P Tear Of Eden
Name: Nick Goode
Currently Residing: The Land of Shakespeare
What makes you so “Special”:
My Cole Haan’s
Fun fact about yourself:
I like Elton John….(Rocket Man at the end of Californication Season 3, amazing!)
What does writing mean to you?
How cool is Spike Jonze?
Big fan of Spike Jonze, I’ve yet to see Her though, I’ve heard a lot of good things.
For people who don’t know, what is Snow the Dawn?
Snow: The Dawn is a comic book that myself and one of my best friends created a year or so ago.
How does one create a story like that, does one have to first create the universe first?
Bit of both, the starting point for Snow for us was his power and how to keep it somewhat realistic. We worked on that a lot, the idea of having a universe from Snow probably didn’t happen until we completed the first issue and we realized that there are a ton of stories to tell in this universe. Snow is just the starting point of that universe.
I guess the cool part about creating a universe is that you can do little stories in it, like when you released that one shot. That one shot was really cool, how’d you manage to get that happening?
Energy was the result of being contacted by DimThroat Comics, We were asked if we wanted to be involved in an anthology of stories they were releasing. Harry and I discussed it and we thought it would be cool to see another part of this universe, a short story but one that gives more insight into the overall arch of Snow.
Are you signed?
DimThroat is distributing Snow sometime this year in the US, in the UK it is available through UK on Display or alternatively it is available worldwide through Comixology.
Do girls dig writers?
Is Team Goode & Hughes going to power through the second issue, keep the hype alive or you doing more one shots to keep the universe growing?
At the moment our main focus is to continue Snow, we are hard at work on the second issue, that’s not to say though that at some point down the line we won’t do another one shot. I have a couple of ideas banging about, but right now we’re focusing on Snow.
In the universe, what content did you create to give it depth and meaning?
There is quite a bit that we like to think gives it depth, the characters, the world, the backdrop its set against, the companies within it. Politics are quite a big component of the world of Snow, it all unravels and you kind of see what makes this new world tick.
A project of this magnitude requires time and effort, with a little sacrifice, what did you have to sacrifice?
My sanity for a summer haha, i guess i just sacrificed a lot of free time, i don’t see it as a sacrifice though i enjoyed researching it and writing the first few scripts i had never done a comic before so i had a lot to learn, I read them all the time but had never thought about writing one.
I’m sure there are social set backs and people thinking that you think that you are better than them, a bird told me that your uni professor hated it as well
I can neither confirm nor deny this. What i will say is that if you want to write and think you have a story to tell, do it.
But whats funny is that you’re published and IGN loves it. You’re making shit happen from rural England. We all know how inspiring rural England is, what made you break out of the get-pissed-on-the-daily lifestyle?
Writing is just a passion of mine, i’ve always known i wanted to go into something creative and i think i just fell into writing through reading a lot when i was younger. I also watched a shit ton of films.
People take a lot of drugs to expand their mind, far as I know you’re an ex-heroin-acid head who found religion and that allowed you to create the world of snow, is that true?
Maybe in another life and my dying thought in that life was the idea for Snow….
If not, how do you find inspiration without “finding inspiration”?
Finding inspiration for Snow wasn’t too hard, a lot comes from having a specific scene in my head, once i write that down the rest comes relatively easy. Its like a mystery, i know one scene and then have to create the pieces around that scene for the scene to make sense. Does that make sense?
Can you give us some insight on how the visuals are so fat?
haha i wish i could give an insight into the visuals - that’s all Harry, the dude is a wizard. If anybody wants to see his wizardry check his Behance page. Behance.net/bazferd
The way I see it, its all coding like the matrix, it seems like you guys are on some next level connected brain waves?
I think it helps that Harry and I have known each other for some time, we also share similar interests in terms of films and comics so when i present something to him on paper 9/10 times it’s the exact same as my image of it. The times when it’s not it’s normally because i haven’t written it properly haha
What I love about the creative industry is that you can take elements from your life and apply it into your work, what elements of your life have been used in the comic?
I think the elements i’ve used are mostly just ideologies i have or feelings towards something, each lead character in Snow has a small part of my thought process in them. I think that helps keep them real..i hope it does anyway…
Snow the movie, whens that happening?
When someone asks for it haha
What are some tracks to listen to while listening to reading Snow The Dawn?
hmm for the first issue, i remember spinning a lot of The Wonder Years, Fireworks and Man Overboard. For the second issue I was listening to M83, The Libertines and blink-182. I couldn’t pick out specific tracks, but we are toying with the idea of including a playlist or something at the end of issues. I’ve seen other comics do it and i’ve always quite liked the idea, music is such an important part of my life and i’m constantly listening to something whenever i write. Writing in silence is just odd to me.
Why Snow The Dawn?
Snow: The Dawn was chosen because our idea with Snow is to do three seasons, each one will have a different subtitle so the first is The Dawn.
What made you come up with that name?
Snow? i honestly can’t remember how we came to the decision of it, i remember just thinking Jim as the lead, short for James and then Snow came into my head so James Snow.
Do you like Ian Curtis?
Yeah He was awesome! Control is such a great film as well.
Nick & Norahs infinite playlist is the ultimate indie kids dream, it makes me smile every time I watch it, there is nothing wrong about dudes watching romantic films, legalize emotions!
haha i concur, Nick & Norah’s is exceptional as well the last piece of dialogue is epic.
I wouldn’t call you straight edge, but you’ve been sober for a long time and we never got properly drunk on those nights out together, so, what is your vice?
haha i’m normally skint! I’m not entirely sure what my vice is…maybe coffee or food like mexican food, i have an addiction to mexican food.
Man for your one shot, the phrase “ never judge a book by its cover “ suits it so well because the cover is pretty weird and then the first comic , is nice, but then yours comes in and its like…. The first time I saw Man Half Machine, looked at them and was all, HA, Boy band, but they had sound man.. Sound. Your comic is visually loud as fuck is what I’m trying to say and no one is expecting it because of the pages leading up to it. It’s like finding a diamond in the charity shop.
haha thanks man, I really dig the front cover, i quite liked the idea of all these different covers in the anthology as well it creates identities and uniqueness
Dimthroat just signed the next big thing in the comic industry, agree?
haha if anyone ever calls us that i’ll buy you a pack of Cheetos
How did you get signed in the first place?
DimThroat was through a review site called Bag & Bored, DimThroat got in touch for the anthology and it turns out they liked Snow and asked if they could publish it in the states.
The power of social media helps you get your work out doesn’t it?
Yeah, social media is awesome! I’m more of a twitter or instagram guy then facebook, but i love the interaction that social media allows.
Do you want to hear a joke?
- Accountants are the new creative boys in town
It’s not funny is it, but it conveys a strong message to the youth.
What’s your favorite Weezer song?
Hmmm Don’t Let Go, It’s such an opener and it’s just a bad ass track!
Be totally honest, when can we see issue 2 and can we get any spoilers?
haha hopefully soon, script is done, storyboard is done, Harry (Hughes) has completed the first two pages and is hard at work on the rest. Spoilers? why would you want that? I’ll give you key words instead, Banquet, Pain, Cliff Hanger and Jealousy. I have no idea if they all make sense haha
I love dickheads in the creative environment for they are not creative, its strictly ego and delusion, it makes me laugh so hard, does it make you laugh?
I have yet to meet someone who is truly egotistical, I’m sure they exist but i’ve been lucky to not meet them. I’ve met people who have ‘stock’ work and claim its unique due to the smallest thing which, for me, doesn’t make it amazing. It’s good but not that good.
Can I put your phone number here so people can call and ask you questions themselves?
Please don’t, i get enough random calls off 0800’s
I don’t need your permission
Lets get personal, recommend 5 movies and 5 albums people should listen to and watch in the summer.
5 movies. not in any order, but just 5 movies to see this summer.
X-Men Days of Future Past
The Way Way Back
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing
The Darjeeling Limited
5 albums, not in any order.
Red Gold Green LP by RDGLDGRN
Ghost Stories by Coldplay
Forcefield by Tokyo Police Club
Twelve Years by Daytrader
Davy by Coconut Records
Please get back into photography, your angles were the shit and your reflections are boss.
haha i’ll try too
Tell Jackie whats up, keep it real man.
PEACE (great band)
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