Editor of POST MODERN PROMETHEUS, Sarah Litt, tells us about how it came to be. Take it away Sarah.
I love this story.
I've known Kevin Colden for about a year or two now. I've lost track, because it feels like much longer.
He is an amazing talent, and I loved his work on Fishtown and I Rule the Night. Two very different books, both of which he wrote and illustrated. I knew that I really wanted to work with him, but finding the right thing would be a bit difficult. He definitely has a unique style, which I love, and which I didn't want to waste on any old thing. I'm selfish that way. So when we were asked to think of people for the Strange Adventures anthology, the first person who came to mind (ok, the only person who came to mind) was Kevin. This would be the perfect thing for him.
After going through a few versions of the story, we finally got it down and he was able to start drawing. As you will see, the art is amazing, as is the story. I loved the creature he created. The story was so warm and heart-felt, truly beautiful in a Bradbury way.
And then one night, when all the art was in, I met Charlie. Charlie is Kevin's son. He's now about six months old. He had only just been born when we started on the story. The first thing I noticed about Charlie: he WAS Kevin's creature. The resemblance was uncanny. At first I felt weird about bringing it up, because how do you tell someone that their kid looks like the little lab monster they just drew for you? But then, well, I just had to. Because I often can't keep my mouth shut. Luckily, it was taken as a compliment. Both Kevin and his wife loved the character, and that it so closely resembled their new little guy.
And so that's the story. And I love it.
Read POST MODERN PROMETHEUS and more in STRANGE ADVENTURES #1, on sale now.