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Phillip Sevy Keeps Cool with 'Kepler'

We chat with the comic creator about collaborating with David Duchovny and bringing a new world to life.

Welcome to our Creator Corner, our new reoccurring interview series, where we chat with the coolest and most thought-provoking creators in the comics industry. In this entry, we're conversing with Phillip Sevy about Kepler. Listen to the unedited audio HERE.


Imagine getting this phone call from your agent, "David Duchovny wants you to help him transform his television pitch into an original graphic novel." Consider the initial thrill that shoots through your spine. An actor, you greatly admire, and spent years of your life watching on television, needs your skilled comic book creator assistance in bringing his world to the sequential form.

Writer/artist Phillip Sevy answered that call and had to put his fanboy nature in check. He's a damn professional and he won't let Duchovny know how much the Tooms X-Files episode freaked him out and how he carries those haunting images with him to this very day. He remained cool as a cucumber and made a rad comic as a result.

In our latest Creator Corner conversation, we chat with Sevy about working for your idol. We discuss the tips and tricks for stuffing your fanboy nature deep down into your soul where it can never be seen. Sevy tells us the nervous feeling he encountered when the Kepler project first kicked off, but how the collaboration eventually took over and shook him free of his infatuation.

Kepler owes a lot to Planet of the Apes, but never falls into lazy homage. Above the titular planet, a cadre of space gods have entered orbit. On Kepler, humanity died out years ago, but all the other hominid species prevailed. A sixteen-year old Neanderthal girl has uncovered a dark secret, sending her down a path of destruction that could initiate an apocalypse.

The original graphic novel is now available from Dark Horse Comics. Follow Phillip Sevy on Twitter, Instagram, and his Website.


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