Interview with The Black Bastard's Creators

By Hervé St.Louis
November 30, 2003 - 14:31

The Danish Cartoons Crisis is discussed in another article located here. The one below is an interview with Canadian comic book creators.

Matthew Mohammed and Morningstar Constantine of The Black Bastard comic book were interviewed at the Montreal Comic Book Expo.


Hervé: Where are you guys from?

MOHAMMED: Toronto.

Hervé: What kind of exposure have you gotten so far?

MOHAMMED: We've been to the San Diego Con, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Detroit. It's out first time in Montreal.

Hervé: When did you start The Black Bastard comic book?

MOHAMMED: A couple of years ago.

Hervé: Why did you create that comic book?

MOHAMMED: We started with T-shirts. People asked for the comic book so we did it. It's for people with a sense of humour. We hope to go through Diamond in June. It's a six issue mini-series but it starts with a one shot special.

Hervé: What's the story about?

MOHAMMED: It's a satire on racial stereotypes, a hero who dresses like a pimp.

Hervé: Have you worked on other comics before?

MOHAMMED: Some small indy stuff.

Hervé: So you play the part of the hero (Mohammed is dressed exactly as the character in the comic book)?

MOHAMMED: In real life, I have a secret id!

Hervé: What are your artistic influences?

MORNINGSTAR CONSTANTINE: All those who came before me, like Neal Adams, McFarlane, Tetsuo, the guy who created Fist of the North Star and Frank Miller.

Hervé: How's the team work on the series?

MOHAMMED: I write the scripts, he changes stuff. He has a lot of leeway and artistic license.

Hervé: How has been the response to the comic book?

MOHAMMED: There's been some negative stuff. People who like jokes enjoy it though. They read it in one night and ask for more.

Hervé: What about the negative comments?

MOHAMMED: Some people take all at face value and argue about racists stereotypes.

Hervé: What are The Black Bastard's powers?

MOHAMMED: He can pull whatever he likes from his afro.

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