Writer To Writer – Jim Zub Talks To Aaron Gillespie About Purgatori

Jim Zub, writer of Pathfinder: City of Secrets #6, talks with Aaron Gillespie writer of Purgatori #2, about the series and just who Purgatori really is.

Purgatori02CovChinJIM ZUB: For anyone who hasn't heard of Purgatori before, what's it all about and how did you get involved with the project?

AARON GILLESPIE: Purgatori is a vampire goddess who has been brought low by Lucifer.  She's on a quest to get her powers back and reclaim her title. It's not going to be easy.

I was really excited when Dynamite asked me if I'd be interested in writing Purgatori. I was a fan of the original book and couldn't wait to take a stab at the character. It feels great to work with such talented creators to bring back the Chaos universe.

JZ: How much research goes into the series?

AG: Very little. I am well versed in the character and Tim [Seeley] did a great job laying the groundwork for the new Chaos universe so I don't have to do much extra. There have been a couple of times where I've had to research Egyptian mythology or locations, etc. … but that's pretty rare.

Purgatori02CovRuffinoJZ: What's your favorite aspect of writing Purgatori?

AG: I like the no holds barred approach of the Chaos universe. It's fun getting to write gory action without holding back at all. I'm really trying to infuse the book with the same dangerous attitude as the original.

JZ: How far in advance are you planning the story?

AG: The first arc is 5 issues and it's completely in the can. I have the next two arcs figured out.

JZ: Do you have any comic writing habits? Do you maintain a regular writing schedule?

AG: I wish. I basically squeeze my writing in wherever I can. Usually after my kids are in bed. I spend my days brainstorming and jotting down notes and then transcribe them at night.

Purgatori02CovSubscriptFleecsJZ: Any other projects you want to talk about?

AG: My Lady Demon miniseries is starting in December. It's 4 issues and has been an absolute blast to work on. Wait until you see the amazing work Mirka [Andolfo] has been turning in. Other than that, I have two creator-owned projects I should be able to talk about shortly.

For more on Purgatori #2, click here.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.