The second part of Cromwell Stone
took so long
because the publisher of the first part, Deligne (Michel)
bankrupt. Back then I didn't go out to find a new publisher,
because I had so many other things to do. Le Lombard
example, asked me to pick up Rork
published a reissue of Cromwell Stone
when I had some time I started working on this second part for
them. Meanwhile years had passed by.
Wasn't it hard to pick up the thread after such a long time?
Andreas: No, I felt like living it up with the time consuming drawing.
Ten years ago you should have had an idea about this
second part. Have these ideas changed in the meanwhile?
Not really. This second part is more or less supplemental to
the first part; many questions that remained unanswered in that
part, are explained here. The third part will be more autonomous.
I always think a long time before writing a scenario. Through
this long preparation period I can finish the scenario quickly,
so I can start drawing immediately. Hence I seldomly have to
adjust my scenarios.
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There are numerous similarities between the worlds of 'Rork'
and 'Cromwell Stone'. They both play in the same time and in a fantastic world.
Andreas: But the personages Rork and Cromwell Stone are incomparable.
The first is a bizarre and the second a normal personage, living
in a bizarre world.
Andreas: That is a lack of imagination from my part.
Both worlds are dominated by the threat of a
civilization that existed before mankind.
That's a theme from H.P. Lovecraft
. I used to read his books a lot
at the time I started with Rork
. In the first parts you
will find many of his influences. It is indeed true that this
theme returns in Cromwell Stone
, and that's because it
fascinates me very much.
I used to read many fantasy books. When I discovered Lovecraft I
knew it was that I wanted to make. Since then I read everything
of him and haven't touched a fantasy book since. In Lovecraft I
found a theme that appealed to me, what I was looking for, a
theme with a lot of horror.
In Cromwell Stone
you mix those horror motives with metaphysical elements. Why this
I don't work consciously in one specific genre. When I was
young I was very Christian. I was very interested in the bible
and its stories. Later this got less and I became interested in
philosophy, even though I haven't read much about it. Currently I
am no believer any more.
When I wrote the scenario for Cromwell Stone
, I didn't have the
idea in my mind to make a horror story of it. I just let myself
go without a clear storyline in mind. I wrote quickly and had no
control on what I wrote. I worked the same way at the first Rork
The latter albums are written more consciously. In hindsight I
find these albums too much constructed; they are too much written
towards a goal, too much constructed.
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Andreas: Maybe it takes as much as ten years before the third part
appears. After the long work on the second part, I am tired of it
for the moment. I do have the idea in my head.
How hard do you work?
I draw all day. I start at eight o'clock and stop at seven in
the evening. This suits me. I work all days, weekends included.
You know, I get more and more things on my hands. So I have to
make time to do all the things that are still in my head. But I
also am more in the mood to do all these things. don't ask me
where I get that urge, its just something I like to do. If I'm on
vacation, I want to start drawing after five days.
I worked one-and-a-half year on Le retour de Cromwell Stone
At the end I started drawing faster because I have so many other
things in my head I want to work out.
Sometimes I am aftraid that I won't have enough time in my life
to make everything that I have in my mind. I am 44 and thus past
half my life. The next twenty years I will have to work very hard
to get everything done.
Are you still looking for that one album about which
you are satisfied?
Of course, but I think and hope that I won't ever make it.