In 1992, you have created the adult comicbook character Demi the
Demoness [Demi the Demoness-interview -
click here]. Could you give us the lowdown on her?
Demi started as a sketch I
did when I was building samples to send to comic companies to get work. At the time I had pages of art with male superheroes, but no
females. As I worked on the
sketch, it just sort of evolved into being a demoness. She looked cute instead of dangerous though. That led to me doing a page of comic art with the clueless Demi
being attacked by the dreaded Semanenemy. A publisher saw that, and asked if I could do a whole book of this
Demi character, and the rest is history…
recently (as in 2008), Demi the Demoness has been turned into a
live action movie, directed by Steve Steele and co-scripted by you. Your
thoughts on the film, and do you think it does justice to the comics?
It really came out better
than I ever thought it would! The
great thing about Demi is that the whole series doesn’t take itself too
seriously and is kinda campy, so it translated very well into a
live-action campy movie The
costuming was very difficult though! It has great production values and a super behind the scenes
featurette that really shows what it was like during the shoot.
Ellie Idol as Demi the Demoness
do you think about the choice of Ellie Idol as Demi, and were you at all
involved in the film's casting process?
was deeply involved in the casting of Ellie. The director sent me a funny video of her along with about 50 other
pornstars and very early on I thought she would be perfect for the part.
It was tricky to get her to LA for the shoot, but it
was worth it in the end! As a cosplayer, and anime fan she totally knew
how to play a cute, sexy cartoon character like Demi! She was everything I
could have hoped for.
How did the
project come into being in the first place?
Steve Steele (the Director)
met up with Carnal Comics at San Diego Comic Con in 2007 (thanks to Sinn
Sage who plays Vampirooni) and we started talking about it. The more we talked the more viable it seemed and so we did the
shoot in LA in February 2008.
everyone would like to know of course: Where can you buy the film?
Go to www.DemiDemonessMovie.com.
You can buy the DVD or download it.
you be interested in doing a sequel to the Demi the Demoness Movie,
and since (according to my information) Ellie Idol has now retired from
adult filmmaking, who should replace her in your opinion?
I would love to see a
sequel, but first we have to make a profit on the first one. Same troubles the Big Studios have making sequels – it has to
make a good profit.
Ellie has retired, so unless she comes back in the game, we’ll have to
find another actress to play Demi. How
many people have played Batman or
Superman. It can be done – we’ve actually talked about who that might be,
but I can’t say.
Let's go back to the Demi the Demoness comics for a bit:Your main
inspirations (if any) for the character?
I’m a big fan of the silly
comics DC used publish back in the 1960s:
Inferior 5, Metal Men, Jerry
Lewis Comics, Metamorpho. You can see the way they approached the
characters and stories in some of the Demi stuff I draw and write. Also things like
Josie & the Pussycats, Alice in
Wonderland, Manga and the old Mad Magazine parodies of the 1950s.
As I see it,
the Demi comics are a blend of fantasy, adventure, kinky costumes
and sex. What's your favourite aspect of the comics?
For me it, the character
interactions, wild stories and drawing sexy girls!
far as I know, Demi the Demoness is the longest-serving adult
comics character ever. How would you explain her enduring popularity?
Just being focused on
like a laser beam – never giving up! Early on I came to the conclusion that many of the best known
cartoonists were known for a specific character. Will Eisner had The
Spirit, Charles Schultz had Charile Brown, Chester Gould had Dick
Tracy. So I worked on Demi with that same
approach in mind. My goal was to make Demi famous, rather than me. I
wanted people to collect Demi stuff, rather than SS Crompton stuff. So I
ended up doing a lot of Demi stuff over a long period of time. Thus her
asked, would you consider doing a family-friendly version of Demi the
I have! We did 2 issues of Pantheon, a totally PG version of Demi.
What are your plans for the
in the future?
More crossovers and numerous
issues are constantly in the works. Look
for Sex Squad #3 coming soon. We just came out with the Crimson
crossover in July.
Besides being Demi's creator, you are
also the publisher of Carnal Comics. What can you tell us about
this company's history?
That’s a very long story! But the short answer is that I am the 3rd publisher of
Carnal. The first one, Todd Loren
was murdered in 1992 and it was never solved. I took over the publishing reigns from the 2nd publisher
Jay Allen Sanford in 2001. If you really want to know about that, I’d
strongly recommend Carnal Comics: The Inside Story, a 56 page book
that covers the whole strange history of Carnal and the many porn stars we
did comics on. You can even get it at Amazon.
The company's website?
Comics has brought many a real-life porn star to the comicbooks. What can
you tell us about this project of yours?
We’ve published about 100
pornstar bio comics. It’s the true story of how they got in the porn biz
and what it’s like, told in the girls own words. The next one due out is
Apart from Demi
and pornstars, some other books/series Carnal Comics has been
One of our other series that
sells well is from Italian creator Enrico Teodorani. His Djustine series,
about an x-rated supernatural female gunslinger is pretty popular. We are
just about to publish an all-new collection of his work called Slasher
Girlz. It’s sexy, gory stuff!
Any future projects you'd like to talk
I’ve just started work on
a novel that takes place in Demi’s universe, but I shouldn’t say
anything more about that yet…
Your favourite adult comics (apart from Demi
and Carnal releases)?
Bondage Faires, The
Elizabeth Bathory & Young Witches, most from Eros Comix.
Your favourite non-adult
Do they still make those? LOL! I love Brave & Bold &
Have you ever thought about doing non-adult
I actual have done a bunch
– but honestly, its much more fun telling your own stories. I figured that one out years ago.
Though I’d LOVE to bring back the Inferior 5 or work on Metamorpho!
Comicbook creators who have influenced
Will Eisner, Bill Elder, Moebius,
Sterenko & Joe Sinnot. Among many many others
Since this is primarily a film site, your favourite
films (both adult and not adult)?
All the stuff that everyone
likes, Star Wars, Hellboy, Lord of the Rings, Back to the
Future... Let me think of some weird stuff…
Rio Bravo, 2 Mules for Sister Sarah, 1776 the Musical, Pirates of
Penzance! Rocky Horror
Picture Show is probably my favorite film of all time.
Anything else I have
forgotten to ask and you are just dying to share with us?
If anyone out there wants advice on comics, publishing or even
how hard it is to actually get your idea made as a movie, drop me an
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org - I’m pretty good at answering e-mails.
Just remember I can’t make your movie, (I got my own) so don’t bother
pitching them to me.
for the interview.