Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: You recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Assassin G in association with publisher Immortal Studios. For those who may be unfamiliar, what can you share with us about the premise of this series?
Jen Troy: Assassin G centers on a badass Chinese American assassin who is trapped in a generational family war like Romeo and Juliet. She seeks revenge for her master in the ‘80s. Yes, the 1980s! So, besides some incredible marital arts and romance, there’s also some fun nods to the distinctive decade.
BD: What can you tell us about your shared creative process in working with artist He Tao to bring this story to life?
JT: He Tao has done an awesome job of bringing what I saw in my mind to the physical page. I wrote my script with as many notes as I could fit, including specific ‘80s hairstyles and fashion. He then took it and really made each panel count. I think the most back and forth was with wardrobe.
BD: Approaching an adaptation of a prior work - especially one as well known as the novel on which Assassin G is based - can be a daunting experience. How would you describe your approach to breathing new life into the story, and what did you find to be most rewarding/challenging about creating the story’s first comic book adaptation?
JT: I’m so honored to be trusted with adapting such a well-known novel. The pressure is still on, but I looked at the core story and added/subtracted the aspects that made more sense for the visual comic book medium. Immortal Studios’ fearless leader Peter Shiao and my amazing editor Brian Cunningham were great resources who I could bounce ideas off of. I really enjoyed finding the best way to fit the story into the limited number of pages that you have in an issue.
BD: In light of the Kickstarter campaign, are there any particular backer rewards that you would like to highlight for our readers?
JT: They’re all great. For anyone new to Immortal, the best reward is the Core Immortal Pack, which features one copy of each of the books in the Immortal Storyverse so far. Along with Assassin G #1, you’d also get The Adept #1 and #2, Chronicles of the Immortal Swordsmen #1, and Fa Sheng: Origins #1. Then, you can get in on the ground floor of each series.
BD: Are there any other projects on which you are working that you would like to share with readers?
JT: I’m always working on a few projects at a time. The best way to hear the latest is to follow me on Twitter: @JenTr0y.
BD: Lastly, what would you like to tell fans who want to learn more about the Assassin G Kickstarter campaign and your other work?
JT: Please check out our Assassin G Kickstarter campaign and follow Immortal Studios and myself on social media.