Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Dan Watters has been making waves with his latest book Coffin Bound. A book being hailed for it's surrealism mixed with a post apocalyptic world and a touch of Shakespearean tropes on acid.
This book has been one of the most unique books being published at Image and I think everyone should be reading it.
But that's not all he's writing. He's also writing the Lucifer book over at DC for the Sandman Universe of books. If you're like me and you love a little tortured soul that walks the line between good and evil then you should definitely check that out as well.
With all of the hype surrounding his books, I knew I had to sit down and pick his brain a little. Luckily he was more than happy to oblige. Hope you guys enjoy!
COMIC LOUNGE: How did you first get started in comics?
DAN WATTERS: I started working at a small micropublisher in the UK, where I met Caspar Wijngaard- we really got on, and started working on our own project, which was Limbo, which was then picked up by Image. It did well enough that I’ve been working in comics ever since, and full-time for the last few years.
Which makes it sound a little like it was a doddle, I’m aware, but I was already writing like a maniac before I met Caspar. I have completed scripts for entire miniseries tucked away in drawers that will never be made, and should never be made, because they were me teaching myself to write.
COMIC LOUNGE: What was the comic book that made you say "This is what I wanna do professionally?"
WATTERS: Morrison and McKean’s Arkham Asylum. When I read that as a teenager, it kind of blew my mind, how it was taking these Jungian concepts and combining them with tarot and still just telling a rollicking, atmospheric Batman story into the bargain.
I remember reading that book with Morrison’s script notes in the back and sort of taking it for granted that this was a baseline for how much work and effort and knowledge and love has to go into a single graphic novel. I still think that should be the case, and try and make sure it is, at least with my own work.
COMIC LOUNGE: You recently launched COFFIN BOUND at Image, and it blew my fucking mind. Where did the idea for the book first stem from?
WATTERS: Thank you! Coffin Bound was a slow birth, and the product of a lot of conversation between me and Dani. We had met each other and knew each other’s work, and both really wanted to work together. I think we both had an inkling that our creative aesthetics and styles might gel together really well. When we started looking at the kind of stories we wanted to tell, Coffin Bound began to appear. I was reading a lot of nihilist philosophy at the time, which I find really interesting, but I suspect would be extremely difficult to action in the real world, so the main ‘quest’ of the first volume of Coffin Bound is exactly that- an attempt to put that into action.
When we started talking about this, the imagery started to come together thematically, and it all kind of snowballed from there. The joy of creating a book like this is that it’s the product of two people working together to make something that neither of them would come up with individually.