Tim Seeley Palms Zoe Thorogood the Keys to the Hack/Slash Universe

In 2004, author Tim Seeley and artist Stefano Caselli launched horror comedian followers to a brand new kind of “ultimate lady,” one who, after surviving her preliminary encounter with a “Slasher,” determined to dedicate her life to ridding the world of any extra monstrous, undead, serial killers. Her identify was Cassie Hack, and she or he and her hulking accomplice Vlad have been killing Slashers for nearly 20 years. Cassie’s adventurers have been documented by Seeley, a large number of artists, and a number of other writers in hack/slash, which was first printed by Satan’s Due Publishing earlier than shifting to Picture Comics.

This October, a brand new period begins for the collection as multi-Eisner nominated author/artist Zoe Thorogood (It’s Lonely on the Heart of the Earth) kicks off the four-issue Hack/Slash: Again to College collection for Picture. CBR spoke with Seeley, who serves as editor for the collection, about Thorogood’s plans for his creations, the time interval this story is ready, the basic horror tropes Cassie and Vlad confronted, and an important big pink bunny.

CBR: Hack/Slash is again with a brand-new story coming in October. How lengthy has this story been in improvement? What made this fall the precise time to inform it?

Tim Seeley: It’s been in improvement for a couple of yr and a half. Now’s the precise time to inform it as a result of Zoe has completed her first problem. I knew she was going to be busy with quite a lot of stuff as a result of she was ending It’s Lonely on the Heart of the Earth and her different tasks. I used to be additionally very conscious that she was going to win quite a lot of awards for that e book.

So, we have been positively free with it. We needed Zoe to complete the e book. It’s her Hack/Slash story, and Halloween has clearly been a good time for us prior to now. She’s acquired quite a lot of stuff accomplished, and our season is developing. So we’re launching in October.

What’s it like having a a number of Eisner-nominated creator like Zoe engaged on a Hack/Slash story?

It’s nice as a result of she’s nearer to our principal character’s age than I’m, clearly. I’ve been engaged on Cassie’s adventures since I used to be Zoe’s age, however I’ve aged 20 years since. [Laughs] So, it’s nice to have anyone who’s in an identical headspace to our character, and she or he’s ready to return and do quite a lot of what you noticed in her autobiographical work, which is that this very aggressive however conscious of despair type story. That’s good for Cassie. We are able to now fictionalize that stuff she informed such nice tales about and convey it to Hack/Slash.

This was additionally her thought. She needed to do Hack/Slash. I stated, “You’re going to go from successful a bunch of Eisners to doing my slasher e book?” And he or she was like, “Hell yeah!”

I believe that speaks in direction of what’s the precise mainstream. We spend a lot time in comics considering that mainstream is primarily superhero books. Most of my era did learn superheroes, however Zoe’s era learn Indy comics. Theyread saga The Strolling Useless, and Hack/Slash. So, as previous because it makes me really feel, it additionally makes me really feel immensely proud that this can be a e book she learn rising up, and she or he had a narrative for. She pitched me on it, and I stated, “Yeah! Do no matter you need! Make it cool!” And he or she’s writing it, drawing it, coloring it, lettering it, and masking it. She’s doing the entire thing. It’s a challenge close to her coronary heart, and it’s superior that I get to observe it occur.

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It seems to be like Hack/Slash: Again to College is a story that flashes again to the early days of Cassie and Vlad’s partnership.

Yeah, it’s virtually a “12 months One” type story. It’s an untold story that’s in an ideal spot for what Zoe needed to do. She needed to inform a narrative with an inexperienced and stumbling Cassie.

It takes place simply after Hack/Slash: My First Maniac and nests completely within the spot the place we didn’t inform a few of Cassie’s earliest circumstances with Vlad in tow. Zoe will get to do this and usher in some characters she designed for this story particularly. It’s the right mixture for individuals who like Zoe’s work and individuals who prefer it Hack/Slash. As a result of it’s acquired the badass lady friendships but in addition actually twisted shit. It’s additionally tied to Hack/Slash Continuity and an vital story for what we’re developing on, which will probably be our twentieth anniversary in 2024.

Flashback and interval items may be methods to cope with technological developments that may probably short-circuit horror tales like cell telephones. Is there a few of that in Again to high school?

Sort of. It’s humorous as a result of retro for Zoe is completely different from retro for me. She set this within the early 2010s–an period when the web was nonetheless sort of free and wild. It’s what she remembers of that have. This story takes us by way of some early Web stuff that I’m unfamiliar with however Zoe is conscious of — stuff like message boards and group chats. That permits us a theme for among the slashers and a theme for among the story stuff.

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The preview artwork I’ve seen suggests Again to high school takes on a basic horror trope, however one I don’t suppose we’ve seen quite a lot of in Hack/Slash; evilkids.

[Laughs] Completely! And that was Zoe’s pitch for it.

we did one story, Little Kids, which had the youngsters that have been experimenting with the Slasher serum. I believe that’s one thing Zoe is riffing on right here. It doesn’t immediately connect with that, however I do know it’s one thing that she was fascinated with doing.

It’s acquired the type of Village of the Damnedslasher children vibe.

What else are you able to inform us in regards to the titular setting of Again to high school?

Zoe grew up on Harry Potter. So she’s doing a riff on that type of college story with it being a slasher factor.

There’s a enjoyable evolving riff on these tropes. Once we first put the e book out, Harry Potter was popping out. Now we will return and riff on that as a result of it’s nostalgia for our new creator.

I received’t give an excessive amount of away from the primary problem, however Cassie and Vlad find yourself at this college the place there are a bunch of different college students who’re additionally slasher hunters. They’re templates for various sorts of monster hunters. Cassie is compelled to crew up with these ladies, and naturally, everybody who finally ends up at this place is totally fucked up differently. You get some good college drama, character bonding, and plenty of monster bashing.

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<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>A giant pink bunny appears in Zoe Thorogood's Hack/Slash Back to School #1

What does that each one imply for Vlad?

Poor Vlad! [Laughs] On this story, Cassie is like, “Oh, individuals like me!” Vlad, although, continues to be uncertain that he ought to even be doing this. Now he has not only one aggressive, badass, probably insane, younger lady, he’s acquired 4 of them.

So, we’ve acquired a lot of enjoyable stuff for Vlad, and I actually like how Zoe writes him. Her tackle him is a bit more sarcastic and conscious than I write to him, and I believe it really works very well.

What else are you able to inform us in regards to the antagonists of Again to high school?

I can’t say a lot, besides the story units up that there are these children who go loopy and kill their dad and mom, and naturally, there’s a twisted motive as to why that’s occurring. That’s a part of the preliminary investigation for Cassie.

There’s additionally a killer, big, pink rabbit that’s crucial. very long time Hack/Slash followers would possibly do not forget that Cassie had a stuffed rabbit named Mr. pink. Plus, you get to see our slashers which are usually massive, loopy guys with knives and Zoe’s slashers, that are twisted by kids.

That every one comes collectively in a fiercely gory climax. [Laughs] I believe her stuff is gorier than mine. All of it ties collectively in an exquisite bow by way of the filter of somebody way more like Cassie now than me; a 46-year-old father [Laughs]

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So that you’re serving as a type of editor on the e book?

Yeah, and sort of a figurehead, I suppose? Stefano and I are supplying covers and no matter Zoe wants, after which we get out of her approach. It’s an excellent system as a result of we have now our personal stuff occurring, and now we have now anyone we will belief to do one thing with Hack/Slash and remind all people that this e book is 20 years going, and there are nonetheless new tales to be informed. It’s an ideal system for us.

If individuals present up for this e book and Zoe desires to do extra, would possibly we see extra Hack/Slash tales from her?

She’s going to stroll out of San Diego with a bundle of Eisners. So she’s going to be supplied the world. She was already being supplied all these items, and she or he selected hack/slash, which I believe is nice. We’re comfortable to have her for now, and if she desires to do extra, the doorways are all the time open at Hack/Slash Included.