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Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2013

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  • After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as "The Dreamstone," infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray is possessed by five literary ghosts and granted access to their unique abilities.

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  • Part of Series Five Ghosts
  • Print length 128 pages
  • Language English
  • Publisher Image Comics
  • Publication date October 1, 2013
  • Reading age 13 - 16 years
  • Dimensions 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • ISBN-10 1607067900
  • ISBN-13 978-1607067900
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Image Comics; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1607067900
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1607067900
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 16 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • #293 in Image Comics & Graphic Novels
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Frank j. barbiere.

Frank J. Barbiere is a #1 Amazon.com best-selling writer from New Jersey.

A former English teacher, Frank is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Graduate School for Education.

After breaking into the comics industry with the creator-owned hit Five Ghosts (Image Comics), Frank has since worked for every major publisher in the U.S., as well as having a global presence in France (Glenat Comics), Italy (Cosmo Editoriale), and Spain (Norma) with his creator-owned work. He has written notable runs on Avengers World and Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. at Marvel Comics, as well as the creator-owned series Black Market and Broken World (BOOM! Studios), The Revisionist (Aftershock Comics), Violent Love (Image Comics), and The White Suits (Dark Horse Comics). In 2021 Frank released Astonishing Times (comiXology Originals) which became a #1 Amazon.com bestseller.

In 2017 Frank began working in the video games industry as a writer and narrative designer. He has since contributed to the Destiny franchise, as well as serving as lead writer on Darksiders Genesis and Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. He currently works as lead writer at Elodie Games.

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Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1 (of 5)

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Published: March 20, 2013 Diamond ID: JAN130472 Age Rating: T+

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A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as "The Dreamstone," infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion!

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Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray was originally a five-issue mini-series written by Frank J. Barbiere and illustrated by Chris Mooneyham . Five Ghosts is a pulp adventure comic that started as a Kickstarter Project. The self-published comic proved successful and was picked up by Image Comics . Due to it's popularity, Image turned it into an Ongoing series with issue #6 in October 2013.

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After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as "the dreamstone", infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts (the wizard, the archer, the detective, the samurai, and the vampire) and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Of course, these powers have also come with a price.

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  • Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray (#1-5)
  • Five Ghosts: The Deluxe Edition Volume One (#1-12)
  • Five Ghosts: Lost Coastlines (#6-12)
  • Five Ghosts: Monsters & Men (#13-17)

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Monsters & Men Part 3: Inner Demons

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Monsters & Men Part 2: Night of the Hunter

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Monsters & Men Part 1

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Lost Coastlines Part VI: To the Death

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Lost Coastlines Part Five: Deeper into the Unknown

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Lost Coastlines Part Four: The Island of Dreams

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Lost Coastlines Part Three: Sins of the Past

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Lost Coastlines Part Two: Honor Amongst Thieves

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Lost Coastlines Part One

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Legend of the Masamune

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The Haunting of Fabian Gray, Part 5: Tell Truth and Shame the Devil

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The Haunting of Fabian Gray, Part 4: The Five Trials of Fabian Gray

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The Haunting of Fabian Gray, Part 3: Enter: the "Forgotten City!"

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The Haunting of Fabian Gray, Part 2: Blood for the Spider God!!

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The Haunting of Fabian Gray, Part 1

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(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as 'The Dreamstone,' infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 1B

SECOND PRINTING Cover by Chris Mooneyham (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as 'The Dreamstone,' infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 1ECCC

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Emerald City Comic Con Numbered Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 200 (numbered on the back cover). (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as 'The Dreamstone,' infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion! 6 7/8" x 10 1/2".

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 1PHANTOM

Phantom Variant Cover by Ben Templesmith (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A) Chris Mooneyham A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as 'The Dreamstone,' infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 1SDCC

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive "Archer" Virgin Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 50. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham A BOLD NEW ERA OF PULP ADVENTURE COMICS BEGINS HERE After a tragic encounter with an artifact known as 'The Dreamstone,' infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray was possessed by five literary ghosts and has been granted access to their unique abilities. Join writer FRANK J. BARBIERE and artist CHRIS MOONEYHAM for the most exciting debut of 2013 as they introduce you to a unique world full of action, black magic, exotic locales, and literary allusion!

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Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 2A

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD' The year's most exciting new adventure continues! '... an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world...an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.' - The Comics Beat Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 2B

SECOND PRINTING (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD' The year's most exciting new adventure continues! '... an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world...an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.' - The Comics Beat Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 2PHANTOM

Phantom Variant. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD' The year's most exciting new adventure continues! '... an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world...an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.' - The Comics Beat

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 2SDCC

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive "The Detective" Virgin Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 50 (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham BLOOD FOR THE SPIDER GOD' The year's most exciting new adventure continues! '... an elegantly designed, sharply colored, moody descent into a twilit world...an intriguing entry point into a compelling new universe from Barbiere and Mooneyham that sets a high standard for up-and-coming comics creators.' - The Comics Beat

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 3

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham story FRANK J. BARBIERE art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM 'ENTER: THE FORGOTTEN CITY!' In a fantastic valley...far from the eyes of man...Fabian Gray meets THE GUARDIAN OF DREAMS! Cover price $2.99.

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Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 3PHANTOM

Phantom Variant Cover by Ben Templesmith. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A) Chris Mooneyham. ENTER: THE FORGOTTEN CITY!' In a fantastic valley...far from the eyes of man...Fabian Gray meets THE GUARDIAN OF DREAMS!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 3SDCC

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive "Wizard" Virgin Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 50.(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham story FRANK J. BARBIERE art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM 'ENTER: THE FORGOTTEN CITY!' In a fantastic valley...far from the eyes of man...Fabian Gray meets THE GUARDIAN OF DREAMS!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 4A

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham THE FIVE TRIALS OF FABIAN GRAY' Fabian's ghostly affliction takes a turn for the worse while Iago terrorizes the Forgotten City! Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 4PHANTOM

Phantom Variant. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A) Chris Mooneyham (C) Ben Templesmith THE FIVE TRIALS OF FABIAN GRAY' Fabian's ghostly affliction takes a turn for the worse while Iago terrorizes the Forgotten City! Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 4SDCC

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive "Samurai" Virgin Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 50. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham THE FIVE TRIALS OF FABIAN GRAY' Fabian's ghostly affliction takes a turn for the worse while Iago terrorizes the Forgotten City!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 5A

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham story FRANK J. BARBIERE art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM ...THE END? Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 5PHANTOM

Phantom Wraparound Variant. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A) Chris Mooneyham (C) Ben Templesmith ...THE END? Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 5SDCC

San Diego Comic Con Exclusive "Vampire" Virgin Cover by Chris Mooneyham Limited to 50. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham story FRANK J. BARBIERE art / cover CHRIS MOONEYHAM ...THE END?

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 6

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Garry Brown NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! Fabian travels to Japan to aid an old ally in the search for a mythical weapon: the legendary sword known as MASAMUNE! A special stand-alone tale featuring artist GARRY BROWN (The Massive, Mass Effect)! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 6PHANTOM

Phantom Variant Cover by Joe Bowen. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Garry Brown NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! Fabian travels to Japan to aid an old ally in the search for a mythical weapon: the legendary sword known as MASAMUNE! A special stand-alone tale featuring artist GARRY BROWN (The Massive, Mass Effect)!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 6THIRDEYE

Third Eye Comics Retailer Exclusive Cover by Joe Bowen. (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Garry Brown NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! Fabian travels to Japan to aid an old ally in the search for a mythical weapon: the legendary sword known as MASAMUNE! A special stand-alone tale featuring artist GARRY BROWN (The Massive, Mass Effect)!

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 7A

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. LOST COASTLINES,' Part One An all-new pulp adventure begins here! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 7PHANTOM

Phantom Variant. Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art by Chris Mooneyham. Cover by Pablo Rivera. LOST COASTLINES,' Part One An all-new pulp adventure begins here! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 8

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'LOST COASTLINES,' Part Two Fabian decides to aid his old flame, the rogue Jezebel, on a journey across the sea to THE ISLAND OF DREAMS. Step one: stealing a ship! Plus: pirates. Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 9

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'LOST COASTLINES,' Part Three A dark shadow from Fabian's past closes in. Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 10

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Chris Mooneyham 'LOST COASTLINES,' Part Four The Island of Dreams. Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 11

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'LOST COASTLINES,' Part Five What horrors await on The Island of Dreams? Find out in the penultimate chapter of LOST COASTLINES! 28 pages, full color. Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 12

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'LOST COASTLINES,' Conclusion In the midst of a battle against his greatest foe, Fabian is faced with an impossible decision! Who will survive the Island of Dreams? 28 pages, full color. Cover price $2.99.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 13A

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. BRAND NEW STORY ARC! 'MONSTERS & MEN' Part One The critically acclaimed award-winning series returns! Fabian travels to eastern Europe for an all-new adventure! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 13B

Blank Cover. Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art by Chris Mooneyham. BRAND NEW STORY ARC! 'MONSTERS & MEN' Part One The critically acclaimed award-winning series returns! Fabian travels to eastern Europe for an all-new adventure! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 13THIRDEYE

Third Eye Comics Variant Cover by Kyle R. Strahm & Felipe Sobreiro. Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. BRAND NEW STORY ARC! 'MONSTERS & MEN' Part One The critically acclaimed award-winning series returns! Fabian travels to eastern Europe for an all-new adventure! Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 14

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'MONSTERS & MEN,' Part Two Fabian vs. Van Helsing. 28 pages, full color. Rated T+ Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 15

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'MONSTERS & MEN,' Part Three Fabian's adventure in Eastern Europe takes a dark turn. 28 pages, full color. Rated T+ Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 16

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. 'MONSTERS & MEN,' Part Four Trapped. 28 pages, full color. Rated T+ Cover price $3.50.

Five Ghosts (2013 Image) 17

Written by Frank J. Barbiere. Art and Cover by Chris Mooneyham. Fabian vs. The Vampire. 28 pages, full color. Rated T+ Cover price $3.50.

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Preview and Interview: 5 GHOSTS with Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham

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5 GHOSTS is a new genre-splicing series premiering with Image Comics on March 20th, 2013 from writer Frank Barbiere (recently of THE WHITE SUITS series in Dark Horse Presents) and artist Chris Mooneyham (ANATHEMA). Frank and Chris produced the first issue of 5 GHOSTS independently and distributed the issue in a limited edition at New York Comic Con 2012 in the hopes of generating buzz for the concept and the artwork. Their strategy not only led them to sell out of issues at NYCC, but also to achieve their ultimate goal: to have the comic picked up by a publisher. There’s plenty of debate out there over what the best strategies are for developing a comic concept and getting a publisher interested, but one thing many editors have admitted on public panels this past year is that having at least a few pages of the comic drawn when you pitch a comic to an editor is highly desirable. It’s a way to “show” rather than simply “tell” a publisher what your work is all about, and for Frank and Chris, producing an entire first issue of a quality product really paid off.

What’s immediately apparent looking at 5 GHOSTS is the degree of talent and professionalism Barbiere and Mooneyham bring to their project. From Barbiere’s lucid storytelling handling the complex and mysterious character Fabian Gray, a treasure-hunter with an unusual “condition” of possession by 5 “literary” ghosts (The Wizard, Archer, Detective, Samurai, and Vampire) to his densely-packed exposition of the globe-spanning plot (Germany, Spain, England, Africa, to name a few locales), it’s clear his high-octane imagination can spin a yarn to keep readers enthralled. Mooneyham doesn’t seem to bat an eye-lid keeping up with this weird tale adventure story, and his elegant penciling and inking bring out the latent pulp influences in the work.

Mooneyham proves he’s equally adept in making the reader believe in “magic” during Fabian’s possession scenes and also in handling compression in layouts to keep action scenes punchy and memorable. Mooneyham’s choice of color schemes is also a major contributing factor in creating the mood of the story, jumping between combinations that express the dominance of key “ghosts” in Fabian’s activities. What’s surprising about 5 GHOSTS is that the complexity of the story and artwork never feels heavy or slowed down by its intricate constituent elements. Both Barbiere and Mooneyham seem to have an uncanny instinct for being succinct in all the right ways to craft great storytelling. Barbiere and Mooneyham were gracious enough to provide a preview of the first six pages of 5 GHOSTS for The Beat, and also to give us a peek into the inner workings of the new series via interview.

Without further ado, welcome to the preview of 5 GHOSTS! Scroll down for what Barbiere and Mooneyham have to say about their work on this ambitious series.

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Hannah Means-Shannon: Frank, I know that 5 GHOSTS was put together as a creator-owned single initially. What kind of steps did the comic go through from concept, to finished product, to the Image version that’s coming up?

Frank Barbiere: We were planning to do the book as a series, albeit a self-published one, from the get go, so not too much has changed.  Like most independent comics projects, we started with a pitch–a six-page preview of the story–but for this project it literally is the first six pages you see in the finished book.  I always make sure to write full scripts even when pitching as it helps me have a better idea of the story world/arc of the plot/scope of the material, so it we definitely had a lot of what I refer to as “the macro structure” in place.  There were a few things we were on a tight deadline for for NYCC, so we’ve made tiny little tweaks for the finished issue, but issue one is pretty much what we debuted back in October.

HM-S: How did you even come up with such a multi-faceted idea for a comic story?

FB: The story really came out of a lot of influences just coming together at the right time.  I’ve longed to do a book that deals with story and mythology, but I could never quite find the right hook.  When I started conceiving what would be “Five Ghosts,” I was thinking about a character of a thief and what could make him compelling.  While mulling it over I literally thought “what if he has sherlock holmes-esque ‘powers’?” which then grew into him being able to channel the “spirit” of the detective.  Then my brain kept turning and figured why stop there?  Once I had the “literary” angle, things just fell in to place and the story just grew organically.

HM-S: What did you most enjoy about developing this concept?

FB: Being able to incorporate literary and pulp elements has been a real blessing.  We have such a large pool to draw from, including things like horror (which I didn’t even think would make it in) that the inspiration keeps pouring in.  Without speaking too far ahead, we’ve already planned stories past the first mini.  I’m thrilled that we’ve managed to grow an entire universe out of the concept and have an intriguing macro plot.  As a writer, that stuff is very hard to “force,” so it’s great to have it occur naturally.

Also, as I already mentioning, being able to work in a lot of literary and mythological elements is a real treat as a lover of story.  I think a lot of these things resonate with a wide reader base, and hopefully some folks outside of comics, and it’s certainly something I’m very passionate about.  Ideas like “Where does story come from?” and the collective unconscious really intrigue me, so I’m excited to get them into the book.  We are very careful to not come off as “pretentious” or too “heady”–I say that the story wears the literary on its sleeve rather than trying to be “high art.”

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HM-S: Chris, can you tell me what kind of information did you work with to develop your initial character sketches and designs? How did they change over time?

Chris Mooneyham: Well, Frank called me one day and said, “Dude, I just had an idea…”  and I was like, “Bro, don’t even tell me, because I already know.”   Then we did a freeze frame high five in mid-air.

We talked about the concept really only a couple of times before I started doing preliminary sketches.  I do remember him coming over one night to discuss the  idea, and while he was talking about it, I was just sketching.  I think we had a pretty good idea of what we were going for from the beginning.  Of course, over time, this “character” you keep drawing keeps getting streamlined.  To tell you the truth, I’d say the characters are still evolving from their base concept.

HM-S: What were the biggest challenges you faced in visually creating the whole strange world of 5 GHOSTS?

CM: I would say keeping the scenes where Fabian is channeling the ghosts’ abilities interesting is the hardest thing for me.  I mean, in the first 5 pages of the first issue, we see each ghost mimic Fabian’s poses, but that was more just to show the readers what the hell is going on.  I don’t want to draw the same damn thing all the damn time, though, so I try and change it up as much as possible, just to keep things fresh/challenging for myself.

HM-S: What are you most proud of in terms of visual storytelling on 5 GHOSTS thus far?

CM: I can tell you my favorite thing is being able to play up the classic comics angle.  I think that a lot of comics are really serious these days and try to be construed as movies; in both story and art.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think that people have forgotten that comics are their own media, and should be treated as such.  I’m a fan of the next issue teaser, or the over-the-top story titles, and tons of panels on one page.  So, I guess I’m proud that we’re trying to make a fun book in the midst of such seriousness.  Whether we succeed or not is a different story entirely, hahaha.

HM-S: Frank and Chris, can you give readers a few hints about the surprises that lie ahead in 5 GHOSTS?

FB: I think, despite the first issue setting the tone for the series, readers will be excited by the direction the series takes.  It certainly has a high adventure tone, but later issues really draw on the mythological elements that some readers may be surprised by. Also, Chris’ art is just phenomenal.  If you thought issue one was great, you’ll be blown away by everything going forward.

CM: Well, I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that readers will find out who shot J.R.  … is that too dated?  I’m not sure even I’m old enough to get that reference.  But I get the reference, folks… I get it.

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HM-S: Congratulations, Frank and Chris, on reaping the harvest of your hard work in bringing 5 GHOSTS to readers! We’re looking forward to the big release from Image and waiting rather impatiently to see what the future holds for the ghost-powered treasure-hunter Fabian Gray.

Hannah Means-Shannon writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress.

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