Pop Star Assassin Kickstarter
I interviewed Ed Lavallee, a little over a year ago, for Comics Beat, about his unique take on an Elvis impersonator who has issues, or does he? I recently ran into him again at Planet Comicon. He now has issue 2 of Pop Star Assassin out and he’s running a Kickstarter to fund the rest of the mini-series. I talked to him about everything he has going on right now for The GR1ND.
On the Kickstarter page it says, “Pop Star Assassin is a lysergic trip to the heart of American CONSPIRANOIA.” Where did that idea come from?
Ed Lavallee- The idea for Pop Star came about as a culmination of all of the pop cultural influences I loved growing up as a child in the 70’s. I loved all types of genre films sci-fi, horror, action/adventure, but the pinnacle for me was watching Black Belt theater on Saturdays. This was usually a double feature with crazy, over-the-top characters, and even crazier Kung Fu action, but at the same time it was juxtaposed by the hilarity of the badly dubbed English.
What is Pop Star About? Well Pop Star is set in the 70’s and starts out in Vegas, without giving away too much this first mini series sets events in motion that will change the face of the planet resulting in a very Blade Runner-esque – the only difference it will be brought with 1970’s low-fi gadgetry and tech. Big, bulky, and unreliable. Ray guns, EMPs, orbital weapons platforms, massive rooms full of giant super computers.
What does Elvis mean to you? Elvis did play a big part of my childhood. He was larger than life – The King of Rock n Roll. His fame was otherworldly, legendary. Part of that plays into the story in the fact that when Elvis died there was so much speculation, an unanswered questions…then the Elvis sightings started popping up and that just added to the mystery and elevated him to god-like stature in the eyes of the world – not just Americans. The tabloids are still running stories about Elvis to this day. Makes for a great story though, huh?;) Ultimately though, Bruce Lee is my ultimate inspiration and almighty idol!
Check out the Kickstarter here.