We Interview Spencer & Locke Writer David Pepose
David Pepose has worked for numerous entertainment companies around the United States, including CBS, Netflix, Universal Studios and DC Entertainment. After years writing about the comic book industry, SPENCER & LOCKE is David’s first published work as a comic book creator. When not developing new properties for comics, television and film, David has also written and performed for venues such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and PUNDERDOME 3000. A St. Louis native and a one-time New York City transplant, David now resides in sunny Los Angeles.
Here is my email conversation with David about his upcoming comic Spencer & Locke.
Spencer & Locke has been described as Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City. Two properties I never thought I would hear in the same sentence. Was that always the intention or did something else inspire the story?
And after a few years of reading and reviewing comics, I just had this feeling in the back of my head that there had to be another way for me to contribute to the industry — to write the sorts of comics I wanted to see in the world, you know? It’s hard to explain, but one day I just woke up and knew I was ready to just go for it. And with Spencer & Locke, I had no idea if this book was going to get picked up by a publisher, or even if I’d ever get to write a comic again, so I just decided to throw in everything cool I could possibly think of. We’ve got fistfights and gunfights, but also crazy stuff like aliens, dinosaurs and car chases. I want people to read and love this comic, but at the end of the day, if I didn’t write this comic for me, what’s the point? Ultimately, Spencer & Locke is a personal statement, sort of my thoughts on friendship and depression and dealing with the past — and I’m excited for readers to turn this statement into a greater conversation.
Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists: Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr., Variant Cover by Maan House, and Variant Cover by Joe Mulvey