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Catching Up With Daley Osiyemi & David Bricham
Interview by James W. Powell
Posted June 11, 2005

UK publisher Pulp Theatre Entertainment will release the collected version of its acclaimed crime/sci-fi comic, Brodie's Law, in August 2005. Created by Daley Osiyemi and David Bircham, Brodie's Law asks the question, "What would the law mean if every day had a different face?" The story revolves around Jack Brodie, an East London thief with a temper and attitude, who possesses the power to "suck your soul dry" by stealing a person's thoughts and identity before returning it tainted with his own evil deeds. Framed for a murder he did not commit, Brodie embarks on a thrilling non-stop mission to find his kidnapped son.

Before the trade paperback hits convention halls and comic shop shelves, I decided to steal a few moments of time from the creators of Brodie's Law and ask them a few questions...

 
 
 
 

BOOKSHELF COMICS — What kind of reception did Brodie's Law get in the UK? What about in the United States?

DALEY OSIYEMI — It’s been amazing in the UK considering the kind of reception indie comics get over here. We have been supported by most of the comic shops and the readership is getting larger everyday and we have been selling out in quite a number of shops. In the US we are getting there, but we have been getting fantastic reviews since the first issue, which is bringing in more and more readers State-side. The comic is popular on the West coast, selling out in a few stores in LA.

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BSC — Daley, you and Bircham developed the story, but it was written by Alan Grant. Can you tell us a bit about the process?

DO — The process was quite simple. Alan Grant had known David from his time at 2000AD back in the early 90s. When we told Alan about our plans too launch Brodie’s Law and he saw the artwork and story breakdowns we had mapped out, he was game on. Obviously it was a contract-based relationship, we paid him for his services, and it was more than worth it. Having Alan’s scripting prowess at the head of our story worked seamlessly; all three of us liked it dark and sinister.

Brodie's Law imageBSC — Speaking of dark, this story has plenty of action and violencce. Was this something you intended from the outset, or did the need for the violence come to life as you developed the story?

DO — I guess since we are creating a gritty crime story you need a bit of action and violence. But as you read on, this becomes more of a psychological story. The violence is really to illustrate the world where these characters come.

BSC — David, what's it like creating this violent imagery compared to your work on, say, the Power Rangers?

DAVID BIRCHAM — Wow!! Power Rangers? Man you have really been digging in the crates!!! I did those ages ago!

Well, when I was doing Power Rangers, I could barely draw. I’m not being pathetic, either. I found drawing a lot harder, so coming up with ideas and style variants was not in the equation. Right now, I feel strong and very comfortable about my art style, so I can draw with a lot more ease, change the rules more, and this leads to greater experimentation. With regard to violent imagery, I think ‘violent’ is the wrong word in my opinion….well, okay, maybe a little. I like the sinister environment, I just do, but stay tuned because in the future Pulp will be coming up with a lot more ideas that are not so dark — we’re planning the remake of My Little Pony… just kidding.

BSC — Now David, you and Daley worked together to create Brodie's Law. How did that work out? Was it totally collaborative, or did he give you story ideas and you created the look?

DB — Daley and I had known each other for a couple of years before we started working together, so it was really fascinating to see how we very much share similar ideas! I told Daley about a really rough idea and then, because we had started Pulp Theatre together and were working in the same space everyday, we just swapped ideas and storylines in a very spontaneous way.

BSC — Daley, how does David's imagery help set the tone for the story?

DO — I have always been a big fan of David’s art. Actually, it was the very thing that made us good friends. He has a very unique style which is all his own. In the very beginning of creating the visuals, David experimented with a few styles before we decided on a dark noir feel. We wanted to create a style that is new and different and reflects the world the characters come from. We also wanted to make the reader feel as if they are actually watching the drama unfold, in the same way you watch a film or TV. David managed to achieve this brilliantly.

BSC — The art definitely sets the tone for this book. The colors, the way panels are scattered around the page...everything lends itself to the violent, hectic world. David, can you tell us a bit about how you developed the look?

Brodie's Law gun to head imageDB — I have always liked photographic looking artwork with a dark setting; examples of my favourite artists are Simon Bisley, Frank Miller, David Finch, and Jim Lee, to name a few (not forgetting Dale Keown, Awesome!!). My appreciation for this and my own influences — I like fashion and modern style — lead to the development of the art. A lot of people say to me that the colouring seems to mimic Sin City the movie…well, all I can say about that is when I started the first issue I was influenced by a need to create a simple colour palette and keep the solicitation deadline!! But I take it as a compliment anyway...the film looks great!!

BSC — Even though it's a thrill ride, Brodie's Law has underlying themes, such as the lead character's desire to protect his family. Daley, can you tell us about the themes that spread out beyond the action?

DO — First off, I wanted to create a comic that destroys the stale methodology of the traditional superhero. I wanted the story to have more to it than what we are usually accustomed too. I wanted it to touch on spiritual beliefs, relationships, friendships, loyalty, betrayal, etc. Things that we go through on a day to day basis. I also wanted to create a situation where all you’ve ever believed in and lived by is suddenly taken away from you, how would you deal with such a situation?

BSC — Last one...who is the target audience for this series?

DO — Mostly male, 18-45 year olds. Mind you, we have been getting a steady number of female readers as well.

For more information on Brodie's Law, read Pulp Theatre Entertainment's press release.

 

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