The State of BOOM! With Filip Sablik & Matt Gagnon - Part 2
Fri, April 18th, 2014 at 11:58am PDT TJ Dietsch, Staff Writer
CBR News: Incorporating an entire company's
worth of people into your operation like you did with Archaia doesn't
sound like a simple process. Were there any growing pains that came from
In February, CBR News began a conversation with Matt Gagnon and Filip Sablik of BOOM! Studios.
The Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Publishing and Marketing
fielded a series of questions about 2013's big events, not the least of
which was the combining of BOOM! Studios and Archaia.
George Pérez's "She-Devils" is coming along nicely
Filip Sablik: It definitely wasn't a simple process -- these
things never are -- but I'm happy to say that it was an incredibly
smooth transition. Much smoother than any of us had anticipated,
actually. I'd attribute it largely to the fact that the BOOM! and
Archaia teams were already incredibly familiar with each other and had a
shared respect for our individual accomplishments.
Matt Gagnon: Team chemistry is very important to us. I'd go so
far as to say it's one of the most significant contributors to our
success. We have a team that looks out for one another; it was essential
and vital to make sure the Archaia folks bought into that philosophy.
One team. One mission. No internal drama. No internal politics. That's
our expectation for everybody who's part of the team. Bottom line, if
your team isn't healthy and fortified it creates distractions. So I say,
let's leave the drama in our comics. Let's focus on competing, doing
some of the best work in comics, treating people right, moving the
industry forward and challenging ourselves every day. All the folks that
came over from Archaia took to that sensibility in stride. They've been
a wonderful addition to the family.
Sablik: Mel Caylo and Scott Newman used to work for me at Top
Cow. Stephen Christy and I have been friends for years. Matt and Ross
have known Stephen and Mel for years as well. Rebecca "Tay" Taylor,
Archaia's editor, mentored a number of our younger team members when
they were interns at Archaia. The other big factor is that our core
philosophies really overlapped in a big way and those shared values
drive both teams. As an example, when I was incorporating Archaia into
our ComicsPRO presentation this year, I was really happy to see how
easily they matched up with our core beliefs. It's been eight months now
and I'd say the Archaia team is fully incorporated and would proudly
proclaim "We Are BOOM!" if you asked them. Our team deserves the lion's
share of the credit for that -- from day one they welcomed the Archaia
team with open arms and really made them feel welcome. I couldn't be
more proud of everyone for that.
You mentioned George Pérez in our first conversation. How is he coming along with "She-Devils?"
Gagnon: George is a machine. He already has the entire
"She-Devils" story plotted out and is in the throes of drawing the
series as we speak. But most importantly, he's having fun. He's
mentioned to us many times that he feels reinvigorated working on a
series where he can tell a brand-new story with creative freedom and
Sablik: George has recovered from his eye surgery and hasn't
missed a beat in terms of story-telling, draftsmanship and detail. It's
really amazing. We're on track to launch "She-Devils" in the Fall.
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