INTERVIEW: WILL SLINEY ON HIS WORK AT MARVEL & MORE

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Will Sliney is, along with a number of Irish creators, a part of the Marvel UK relaunch (the first book hit stands this week). I asked him about his book The Knights of Pendragon (out January 29th) as well as his other Marvel work and more.

You have Revolutionary War: Knights of the Pendragon coming out at the end of the month as part of the Marvel UK relaunch. Were you a fan of Marvel UK back in the day?

Unfortunately no, I wasn’t. Simply because I had no access to the comics when I was younger. I was brought up on a stable diet of Saturday morning X-Men and Spider-man cartoons That said, whenever the characters popped up in modern Marvel continuity I enjoyed reading them.

Can you tell us about some of the things you’ve gotten to draw for the issue or the story?

Well, as you can tell by the cover. Lots of characters show up. MYS-TECH, the original bad guys show up which causes the reformation of the Knights.

You got to do a full year (12 issues) on Fearless Defenders with Cullen Bunn. What was your favourite thing you got to draw on the book?

There are too many to choose from. I will always be fond of creating Annabelle and Ren. There were some great fight scenes too with so many of Marvels biggest heroes. There were some really fun moments along the way too, we got to put in a bunch of Big Trouble in Little China references in one issue, and the Irish pub was great. I think I enjoyed the last issue the most, just because it was great seeing the team come together.

One of my favourite things was the inclusion of the Irish hero Shamrock in issue 9 (I’m assuming that was your suggestion). It seems like you had a fair amount of input on the book. Is that fair to say?

Thankfully for me, Cullen was very collaborative. He really is a great writer to work with. Cullen always gives an artist room to express themselves and he also brought me into the plotting process a bit at times… hence Shamrock appearing. To be honest, I actually said it as a joke, but deep down I didn’t like one of the first Irish superhereos ending up as a rarely used hairdresser. I would love to see the Luck O’ The Irish pub and her become regulars in the Marvel universe, almost like it being the regular pub that superheroes can go to

You guys did a lot of neat things like Annabelle/Valkyrie “time-share”. What are your hopes for the characters now that the book is done?

I really hope the team stays together. If some one was to come along and retcon the whole Annabelle/Val thing, I think both Cullen and I would be pretty upset. I like that the team is living and breathing in the Marvel universe as we speak. I can’t wait to see them show up again.

You got a bit of a dream gig when you drew Superior Spider-man Team-Up 8. What did that feel like?

Ah it was brilliant. I was of course daunted at the start, but once I got going I realised that I was never more ready for a gig than I was with Spidey. I had been drawing him pretty much all my life. He is my absolute favourite comic book character and I was very honoured to be a part of it

I know you are a Star Wars guy, and you’ve had a few things with Marvel now, so I was wondering what you thought about the announcement of Star Wars comics moving to Marvel in 2015.

I am excited by it. I have no idea how it is going to play out but I would imagine that it will result in a lot more comics being produced at Marvel

Another recent development was your doing some work for Everton FC. How did that come about?

That was another great gig for me. I am a huge Everton fan so it was a really special gig for me. It came about when the club found out I was a fan so they contacted me through Twitter to see if I would be interested in helping them out. I ended up being at the match where the programme was released and it was great.

What else can we expect from you for 2014?

Something really reeeeeaaaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyyyyy big.

Revolutionary War: Knights of the Pendragon hit stores on January 29th. There will be a launch, care of the Big Bang crew, in Cork on February 1st. Details can be found on the event’s page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1407168846195778/ .