Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Here's Johnny (Inspiration no. 4)

Another day another post, this time the inspiration is very close to the core of Credo. It relates to a character originally conceived by the marvellous Alan Moore (see inspiration no. 1) in his run on Swamp Thing and poorly conveyed to the screen by Keanu Reeves. Yes, the original Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. A working class magickian designed to break the mould of Doctor Strange and other mystical comic book heroes.

'I have an idea that most of the my stics in comics are generally older people, very austere, very proper, very middle class in a lot of ways. They are not at all functional on the street. It struck me that it might be interesting for once to do an almost blue-collar warlock. Somebody who was streetwise, working class, and from a different background than the standard run of comic book mystics. Constantine started to grow out of that.'

Alan Moore

It is this mix of realism and uncanny that attracted me to the character and world view and is an integral part to how Credo exists. So if you want an insight into this project I suggest you buy the trade paperbacks (Graphic Novels) and forget the film adaptation. My personal favourite is Garth Ennis's run as writer, culminating with 'Rakes at the Gates of Hell'

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