Toxic Tentacles Tangle Jenny Finn
Sep 07, 2017
by Vince Brusio
Monsters and monster problems favor dark places where sunlight is discouraged. Good horror follows where mold is plentiful, and mushrooms multiply. Writers who enjoy singing in the rain can pen a terrible tale, but it is those writers who slouch in the shadows that are most apt at aiming their ideas at places where darkness dwells. The negative space where the bottom drops out. Troy Nixey is at home in this wasteland. He prefers his putrescence to permeate the time stream so that it vomits into London, way back before you were born. There will we find a plague that he describes in this PREVIEWSworld Exclusive interview for Jenny Finn #1 (SEP170035). It’s a new series from Dark Horse Comics, and it’s a new team-up with Mike Mignola.
Vince Brusio: What’s the backdrop for Jenny Finn #1 (SEP170035)? What prior history might readers want to know before they approach reading this story? Or is a refresher course unnecessary because soggy and sordid details bubble back to the surface as the series progresses?
Troy Nixey: I tend to begin with a historical setting then weave my fantastical sensibilities throughout. Jenny Finn takes place during Victorian era London and feels like the city and time we are familiar with...at first. Then the fantastical elements begin to spread through the art much like the Jenny virus.
Vince Brusio: A two-page preview is shown in the September PREVIEWS catalog. Can you give us a blow-by-blow description of what we’re seeing? A man is seen vomiting in an alley somewhere in London, and the next thing he knows he’s tripped up by a tentacle. So how does this preview foreshadow the dark things that are yet to come?
Troy Nixey: Joe, our lovable hero has had his naivety ripped asunder as he's thrust headlong into a mystery surrounding a slasher whose motivations are maddeningly fishy-inspired and diabolical.
Vince Brusio: This is a very dark story. Sunlight’s in short supply. From what subterranean planet do your thoughts fester in order to concoct the dreadful and dreary drama that unfolds in this four-issue series? What puts your eyes on those gloomy lit London streets?
Troy Nixey: I am fascinated by history. I love drawing antiquated trappings, and the older and more worn and organic a setting the better. It's a perfect place to thrust unsuspecting characters and let the setting and the story fold in on them.
Vince Brusio: How do you push yourself to give this project 100%? Describe your dedication as a creator, and the internal dialogue that you have with yourself that makes proud to go to press with this book.
Troy Nixey: Jenny Finn is my first collaboration with Mike. He is of course one of the all-time greatest comic creators and someone whom I admire greatly. That along with a terrific story was all I needed to fill in those dark corners with slippery fishy bits.
Vince Brusio: If you had to pick a scene that’s a particular favorite of yours in the story, what would it be and why? Could this scene be isolated as a useful standalone teaser? Or is it more personal?
Troy Nixey: My favorite scene is Joe encountering the ghosts. It's incredibly creepy and Joe responds with his usual naivety. Mike's dialogue here makes me laugh every time I revisit the book.
Vince Brusio writes about comics, and writes comics. He is the long-serving Editor of PREVIEWSworld.com, the creator of PUSSYCATS, and encourages everyone to keep the faith...and keep reading comics.