Wayne Nichols' Clone Club
Comic book illustrator Wayne Nichols discusses his latest work on Orphan Black and being at Supanova.
You've been drawing the Orphan Black comic book for IDW comics. Tell us a little bit about the series and how you got involved?
Orphan Black is a Canadian sci-fi TV show about a number of identical women, located all around the world, who discover that they are not just related, or twins, but they are in fact, human clones.
My involvement came about on the first OB mini-series with issue 5. I was asked by the Orphan Black comic editor at publisher IDW, Denton Tipton, to contribute pencil and ink artwork for that issue, which focusses on one of the more complex and unique clones from the TV show, named Rachel.
And currently I'm illustrating the second mini-series named Orphan Black: Helsinki. This one is all about a number of new clones shown as younger women and how they tie into the larger story that's told in the TV show.
The comic series stems from a universe created in television series. What are the challenges of adapting a television show onto the page?
Well, the TV series has run for 3 seasons so far, so thats a lot of story already told to reference from and use as a guide when drawing the comic. When I initially came onboard the project, I had already heard a lot about the show but I hadn't yet gotten around to watching it. So I was cramming episodes like a crazy to get my head around it all while doing sketches and layouts. The series has a strong online following so there are a number of websites that have screencap'd the entire show, which really came in handy for reference purposes.
You've worked on some awesome comics - Incredible Hulk, Exiles and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Is there another story or universe that you dream of working on
Absolutely, I've got two of my own neo sci-fi stories, Black Sunday and Rumours of Whitmore that I have been working on behind the scenes for a few years now. Creating high quality stories and artwork on the side start to finish is extremely time consuming but will be worth it for these projects when released. Otherwise, I'd absolutely love to work on an iconic Batman story at DC or Ghost Rider/Wolverine at Marvel in future.
You were at Supernova in Brisbane. Just out of curiosity, what do people say to you when you are getting thing signed? Any interesting stories from the event?
The people are wonderful and very appreciative of the artwork and its flattering to see someone go bananas for a moment over a piece of artwork I've created. It's that recognition of 'Yes! Awesome, they get it", it's always nice to get that support and appreciation when people purchase a signed comic book or print or get a sketch from me at the conventions.
As for stories, well, it was quite a fun time at the Supanova afterparty, at one point we had a dance-off going on between Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex on Smallville) while the DJ spun classic Michael Jackson tunes. Certainly a weekend to remember!