Genesis means beginning. And many people know it as the first book of the Bible. Well, we can say that Genesis II is a fresh start to everything. Allen Ling, creator of this fantastic work of fiction, addresses topics that are now seen as ethical, full of taboos and other names.
We still discuss genome, cloning, artificial intelligence, famine, the colonization of Mars among many other situations. Always with the thought of today, but we never imagined what a world would look like when these situations turn out to be normal.
In this story the world is full of changes, mainly climate, a Blade Runner, with other types of technologies but with the same discussion. It is a comic with an interesting narrative that leads the reader to think, analyze and ponder the world around him. Not just sitting back and flipping through the story as a mere bystander.
Below is a chat with Allen Ling:
1. The plot of Genesis II happens in the future, but with a history of the present day. Discussions about the environment, genetics, society and others. What led them to take all of these discussions and turn them into a single story rather than just a simpler theme?
A. We were attempting to build a universe of many interacting themes and characters in order to have a way of building even more stories upon the first four chapters. We are living in complex and frail times where many themes are interwoven.
2. Many artists like to use people as their “templates” for their designs. How was this character creation, did you rely on someone for the bodies and especially the psychological development?
A. Allen Ling used Daniel and Lisa Wu who are celebrities in China and Hong Kong as muses for the two human characters. Elon Musk inspired Elon Musk III of course, and the evil Franklin Vogt is a combination of many of the genocidal and tyrannical figures of past world history and current political affairs.
3. The creation process is not easy at all. Many times when we think it’s all right and give that final breath, when we reread we don’t like anything and we get back to the beginning of everything. How was this creative process of Genisis?
A.We wrote this story 5 pages at a time, with a vague beginning and end in mind. Of course I looked back and realized there was gaps in the story line that needed to be filled in. We did in fact go back and do second version, adding 5 pages.
4. In creating this whole universe, did you think of something like Blade Runner, that is, a cyberpunk world full of social and environmental problems, kind of hard to come by with flying cars but totally viable as a society?
A. Yes, except an updated Bladerunner, as global warming, terrorism and drones didn’t exist in that universe.
5. What parallel do you draw with the universe of Genesis and our present?
A. Terrorism, global warming and drone pollution and malfunctions are taken and amplified 100 fold. Currently genetic engineering already has now taken off as the human genome is now becoming less mysterious and other countries now dabble with human DNA manipulation and cloning.
6. When we talk about comic book marketing, basically people think of big companies and names. How was all the work of independents? What is the search for making people believe in your work?
A. It’s a horribly slow and expensive process to get recognition for independents. It probably won’t be another 3 years until my comic books get some true fan notice and larger more serious fan base. We’ve already exhibited at San Diego Comic Con twice and it’s been a positive response each time.
7. How do you define Genesis?
A. There’s the biblical Genesis, and this is Genesis II, or the second invention of the world and humankind.
8. This interview is also being published for the Brazilian market. Brazilians like and are fond of comics. But the Brazilian market is not happy to see who works in this area, that is, many see with some prejudice, but idolize names like Mauricio de Sousa – our main artist for over 50 years -, Joe Bennett, Bilquis Evely, Robson Rocha, Luke Ross, among others. What tips would you give to those who want to work in the US comic book market?
A. I’d recommend They contact and collaborate with a US publisher, writer and other independents like myself. I just started my own publishing company and am building up a team of artists and writing more stories which of course, needs more artists to draw and actualize them.