Interview | Allen Ling, creator of Genesis II

Genesis means beginning. And many people know it as the first book in the Bible. Well, we can say that Genesis II it is a new beginning of everything. Allen Ling, creator of this fantastic work of fiction, addresses themes that today are seen as ethical, full of taboos and other names.

We still discuss the genome, cloning, artificial intelligence, hunger, the colonization of Mars among many other situations. Always with the thought of today, but we never imagined what a world would be like where these situations end up being normal.

In this story the world is full of changes, mainly climatic, a Blade Runner, but with other types of technology but with the same deep discussion. It is a comic with an interesting narrative that leads the reader to think, analyze and ponder the world when around you. Not just sitting and leafing through the story as a mere spectator.

Below is a chat with Allen Ling:

1. The Genesis II plot takes place in the future, but with a history of the present day. Discussions about the environment, genetics, society and others. What led you to take all of these discussions and turn them into a single story, rather than just a simpler topic?

A. We were trying to build a universe of many interacting themes and characters, in order to have a way to build even more stories in the first four chapters. We live in complex and fragile times, where many themes are intertwined.

2. Many artists like to use people as their “models” for their projects. How was the creation of the character, did you rely on someone for the bodies and especially for 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 in past world history and current political affairs.

3. The creation process is not easy. Often, when we think everything is fine and take the last breath, when we reread, we don't like anything and go back to the beginning of everything. How was this creative process at Genisis?

A. We write this story 5 pages at a time, with a vague beginning and ending in mind. Of course, I looked back and realized that there were gaps in the story that needed to be filled. In fact, we went back and did the second version, adding 5 pages.

4. When creating this whole universe, did you think of something like Blade Runner, that is, a cyberpunk world full of social and environmental problems, a little difficult to find with flying cars, but totally viable as a society?

A. Yes, except for being an updated Blade Runner, because global warming, terrorism and drones did not exist in this universe.

5. What parallel do you draw with the universe of Genesis and our present?

A. Terrorism, global warming, drone pollution and breakdowns are taken and magnified 100 times. Genetic engineering has now taken off, as the human genome is becoming less mysterious and other countries are now interested in the manipulation and cloning of human DNA.

6. When we talk about comic marketing, people think of big companies and names. How was all the work of the independents? What is the quest to make people believe in your work?

A. It is a terribly slow and expensive process to gain recognition for independents. It will probably be another three years or so before my comics receive true fan warning and a larger and more serious fan base. We have shown it at San Diego Comic Con twice and there has always been a positive response.

7. How do you define Genesis?

A. There is Biblical Genesis, and this is Genesis II, or the second invention of the world and humanity.

8. This interview is also being published for the Brazilian market. Brazilians like comics, but the market is not happy to see who works in this area, that is, many see it with some prejudice, but idolizes 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 anyone who wants to work in the US comic book market?

A. I recommend that they get in touch and collaborate with an editor, writer and other independents from the USA, like me. I just founded my own publisher and I'm putting together a team of artists and writing more stories that, of course, need more artists to design and update them.

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