A Farewell Talk with D4VOCRACYs Ryan Ferrier

A Farewell Talk with D4VOCRACYs Ryan Ferrier

first_img All good things must come to an end. For D4VE, his story concludes in the third volume of his epic adventure D4VOCRACY. Our favorite butthorn of a robot has been through his ups and down, but he’s in D4VEocracy, he goes though his toughest challenges yet. We had the fantastic opportunity to talk to the one and only writer and creator Ryan Ferrier about D4VE’s epic journey, his last adventures, and his future sound of his robot band.For our readers and comic fans, can you give us a super sweet mini binge of D4Ve’s journey so far? He’s gone through so much throughout the years.I’m happy to! So the long-story-short is that we humans made artificial intelligence and they soon took over, wiping out all of the life in the galaxy (inc. aliens, yep). As such, the robots became…human. Their lives became mundane. Mortgages. Bad sitcoms. Essentially, they became just like us. The leader of the robot army that wiped us all out, D4VE, is now stuck at a dead end desk job. He’s miserable and beginning his mid-life crisis. But when a strange new alien race finds the planet and attempts to take over, D4VE is the only one that can do anything about it, and he’s thrown back into his previous style of life…only now he has a son, 5COTTY, that he has no idea how to parent.In D4VE2, the robot earth becomes shocked and stunned when two humans–the daughters of the scientist who created artificial intelligence–time travel into the future in order to save themselves from being killed in the uprising. D4VE, who is now at odds with 5COTTY who has a radically different approach to dealing with the humans after exploring his father’s past, now has to make explore his own existence and morality, and make a decision that will impact his own species or his own guilt. Essentially, this is D4VE realizing the weight of his life thus far.In D4VEOCRACY, we’re exploring a great divide among the robots, and how D4VE fits on a sliding scale. There’s a great deal of anarchy and heroics, and D4VE has to really stick to his heart when he decides to run for president of earth. This is the third and final entry in the D4VE trilogy.via IDWWhat were some of your influences for D4VE? How did the concept and development of this story come about?I came up with this story during reflection of a pretty miserable time in my life, many, many years ago. At the time I was at a great day job, but I was thinking a lot about one that kind of ruined my soul and ultimately led me down the path of becoming a full-time creative. There’s a lot of me, and my personal journey in the pages of D4VE. I also have a propensity for non-human characters,  and finding the humanity in them. In a way it makes those emotional bits shine a little brighter. As soon as Valentin and I connected and started talking about doing this book together, it was a match in heaven. We were completely in sync, and, well, the rest is history.You’ve worked with Valentin Ramon throughout the series. Is it hard to say goodbye? Will you be collaborating again in the future?Working with Valentin has/was been an absolute dream. He’s my partner, my brother, my inspiration. He’s amazing. I’m so proud that we were able to do this series together, and I’m also really so proud of Hot Damn, the series we did together between volumes two and three. We will absolutely be working together again. I think, creatively, we just work pretty perfectly together. I do miss D4VE quite a bit though, finishing D4VEOCRACY was incredibly bittersweet.This comic has changed so much throughout the years, but with D4VEocracy, everything comes full circle in the best of ways. There are a lot of different elements within. Political, social and the interwebs making fools of us all and more. The one constant thing that is always evolving within is the father/son story between D4VE and S5OTTY. Was that a story you knew you wanted to finish with/on before it ended? Did you always have it in mind to make them the central focus of this world and not just D4VE himself? Kinda having them both get their collective sh*ts together for the final countdown.Great question! Honestly, I think beginning in D4VE2, 5COTTY became the central figure for me, and my favorite character. That second volume is all about him,  when you think about it. If anything, you look at D4VE’s trajectory over the series, and it’s about him realizing who he is, what he’s done, and how his actions have affected everyone around him; he’s atoning for everything. And I think D4VE, though he may not admit it at first, sees 5COTTY as something greater than him, with a potential that he himself never had. D4VE maybe can’t become that hero he always wanted to be…but 5COTTY can. So that’s very precious to him as a father. Not only that, but 5COTTY is figuring himself out, and is very different than his father. It’s about how they grow as individuals and then come to a place where they can grow together.via IDWD4VEocracy will be the last time we’ll see our butthorn of a hero ( 🙁 ). What will you miss about writing D4VE? What did you love about it?First and foremost, I’ll miss working with Valentin. He made me a better writer, and that trust and almost-unspoken connection/collaboration is something I don’t expect to replicate often in my career. I’ll really miss that world we built. It was fun and funny, and let us explore and flex our muscles in so many different ways. I’m really proud of the work I’m doing now, but there’s no feeling like cracking yourself up writing something that came directly from your head and heart. And I’ll miss the excitement people got from the series; the fans of the books really loved it and I think it connected with a lot of people in a different way than a lot of comics out there. D4VE became like a cult following in a way; if you were in on it, you were in on it. The “it” being an underdog with depression, haha.If you could start a band with all robots, what would you name it? And what would your sound be?Robobros! It would be Valentin and I. We’d probably do some weird high-tempo stompy metal with a real swampy beepy sound.via IDWCan you tell our readers whats next for you? We know you have Kong On The Planet Of The Apes coming up, but any cons, other writing adventures, etc. that you have in the works as well? Also, let us know where people can find you! (via social media and websites?)I’ve got a real busy year coming up, thankfully! Kong/Apes is well underway, which I’m so pumped about. I’ve also got three creator-owned series that will be announced this fall, and two more licensed series as well. I’m beyond excited for the word on those to get out.As for cons, I’ll be at Saskatoon Expo and Edmonton Expo mid-September, and I’ll be at NYCC wandering in October. The easiest place to find me is on twitter @ryanwriter, or through my website ryanferrier.com.Any final words for our readers about D4VEocracy before we bid farewell?A big, big thanks to everyone for the support for Valentin and I over the years. D4VE has allowed me to have a career, one that came from pouring our guts into a weird little book that we wanted to do. So to everyone who helped make that happen, we say thank you. And we hope you enjoy the conclusion of the D4VE trilogy. It has been a real slice, butthorns.D4VEOCRACY will be available on September 13th on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18)Variant Covers to Grab This Week (8/15/18) last_img

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