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EXPERIMENTING & ENTHUSIASM - WARWICK JOHNSON-CADWELL TALKS OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH EVIL

Interview conducted by James Ferguson

Professor J.T. Meinhardt and his assistant, Mr. Knox are back with another adventure hunting monsters of all shapes and sizes. Writer Mike Mignola and artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell return to this quirky world of horrors that began in Mr. Higgins Comes Home with its sequel, Our Encounters With Evil from Dark Horse Comics. I had a chance to speak with Johnson-Cadwell about the project and what he likes drawing in the original graphic novel.

Mr. Higgins was just the beginning! Follow Professor J.T. Meinhardt and Mr. Knox as they continue their pursuit of ne'er-do-well creatures of the night! Backed by the dauntless vampire hunter Ms. Mary Van Sloan, the heroes of Mr. Higgins Comes Home pursue vampires, werewolves, and other horrors that even they are hard-put to name or explain. The only thing that's for certain is that the strange truths these adventurers uncover are seldom what they seem!

James Ferguson: Our Encounters With Evil expands upon the world created in Mr. Higgins Comes Home. How did you decide upon the design for the new characters and creatures?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: A bit of experimenting and a lot of enthusiasm. The characters that Mike Mignola wrote in the first book were so full of promise and a lot of them didn’t last very long, so I had an opportunity to reincarnate some of those guys and develop fitting stories to frame them in. Lots more stories to tell and lots more creatures to design. I find they need to have a something fairly sensible about them to root them in this world; they can get away with being utterly crazy (Duke Kurtz) if there are elements we can recognise or even identify with.

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JF: What is your favorite thing to draw in Our Encounters With Evil?

WJC: The creatures! The Professor, Knox, and Van Sloan too, actually. I love to see how they react to the situations they are in and just to see how they relate to one another. I also have found a great love for drawing the environment. Tatty old villages, castles, and spooky woods. Not so long ago I really just concentrated on drawing figures, but have a newfound love for setting scenes and backgrounds. And I also love drawing the creatures, of course.

JF: Professor J.T. Meinhardt and Mr. Knox get into some odd adventures, even for monster hunters. Are they cursed, determined, or not entirely aware of the dangers they face?

WJC: Ha! Good question. These are educated, determined folk who are prepared to tackle evil in its powerful and diverse forms. They are aware of the extreme danger this involves and I imagine weighing this against inactivity, they’d prefer the danger. So far our heroes have been extremely fortunate. They do not possess extreme powers and as far as we know are not protected by any higher force, so good luck to them and I hope their luck holds out.

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JF: What other monsters would you like to see these monster hunters encounter?

WJC: All sorts. More vampires and werewolves, of course. Something nautical would be great, and there’s a dragon I have an idea about. And a cult or two that might at least even the odds for our heroes.

Horror DNA would like to thank Warwick Johnson-Cadwell for taking the time to speak with us. Our Encounters with Evil is available now at your local comic shop, book store, and Amazon.

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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