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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Speakeasy with Nathan Edmondson

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Castor and Pollux, the twins from Greek mythology who inspired the name of the Gemini constellation, come down to contemporary Earth to kick some ass in Olympus, a new comic book series illustrated by Christian Ward and written by Nathan Edmondson of Macon. A graduate of Mercer University, Edmondson, 23, will sign copies of Olympus #1 at its release party Wed., May 20, 4-7 p.m. at Criminal Records. Where most comic book artists are lifelong fans, Edmondson virtually backed into the medium.

Did you grow up reading comics and have ambitions to write them?

No and no. I was working on a novel and pursuing other avenues of writing, and I happened to meet some established comic book writers and artists. One was Tony Harris, a New York Times best-selling artist, since I happened to move down the street from him in Macon. I got to know Steve Niles, who wrote 30 Days of Night, and Mark Millar, who wrote Wanted and Kickass. I’d chat with them about non-comics things, and was able to step into the comics industry without an agenda.

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