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Comichaus Meets: Joseph Oliveira

Today we meet creator & founder of Afterlight Comics, Joseph Oliveira.

/media/blog/library/joey_oliveira.jpgPlease introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).

I’m Joseph Oliveira, writer & Editor at U.K. based Indie Horror Comics Publisher AfterLight Comics.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

It was actually Robert Kirkmans The Walking Dead that actually inspired me in creating comics. I never really read comics until the last 5 years, i’d always thought it was all just about superheroes, and i’ve never really been a fan of that genre. So The Walking Dead series really opened my eyes that this medium could be used to tell stories in a real grounded way.

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

I’d say a little piece of me goes in to every character, which in turn i think helps people relate to some of the characters in the books i write. The characters of Ghost Island deal alot with loss & grief, and i think everyone knows somebody that has gone through that if not themselves, it’s apart of life. It’s truly an important part of story-telling that the audience can relate to what a character is going through.  

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

For STAY AWAKE it was the theatre! First off, STAY AWAKE has been in development for over 5 years, It started off as a stageplay, yes, live theatre horror. And was also originally titled "Don't Go To Sleep". I’d done my preparation and went to see over half a dozen theatre productions in the west-end, Let The Right One In, Ghost Stories and The Woman In Black...  I also volunteered at my local theatre for a couple of months to learn the ropes and absorb as much as i could.  Unfortunately the time i’d have liked to have invested into putting on my own play didn’t coincide with the day job. So 5 years later, i adapted the Horror Stageplay in to what you see today..STAY AWAKE #1. I'm so grateful and excited to finally let this story see the light..

What struggles have you faced with the creation of ….. and producing the final release?

I plan absolutely everything, there’s deadlines for writing, art, lettering, printing, Kickstarter date. To avoid delays of projects, i aim to get 90% of the artwork completed before going to Kickstarter. My biggest test yet was teaching myself how to colour comics a month before colouring my first comic in STAY AWAKE #1. It’s been intense & stressful, but i’m really happy with the results.

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

This is a Psychological Horror, the build-up will be slow yet tense, and the pay-off will be big. It’s a big different to my previous titles, but i really think readers are in for a thrilling ride. 

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

So we’ve got 5 more titles planned for 2019, Ghost Island #5 is next and the final instalment comes at the end of the year with Ghost Island #6. Wendigo Wood finishes its 4 issues run with #3 & #4. And we have a surprise one-shot thrown in there too!

You can read Joseph's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.


Ghost island  #1
Ghost island  #2

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