If there is one thing that can be said about Jon Chad’s “Bad Mask” without any doubt: It’s ambitious.
That becomes immediately apparent once you hold the big box from publisher Boom! in your hands. Filled with a newspaper, a magazine, a comic book, various files and other assorted goodies, while also promising to take its tale to the web, the sheer amount of things writer/artist/creator Jon Chad came up with during years of development is almost overwhelming.
Of course, we could not resist the urge to dive deep into this daring transmedia project. We wanted to know how Jon Chad makes it all work together and how well its story holds up in comparison to the care and diligence and hard work that had went into it.
CW: Cartoon violence
We always have to consider which perspective is being taken, because the perspective is always changing.
0:55 What is “Bad Mask”?
6:45 The story and lore of “Bad Mask”
13:25 How the various components of “Bad Mask” work together
The internal workings of the “Bad Mask”
21:20 Worldbuilding and characters in “Bad Mask”
28:10 The morals and the tone of the story
32:30 Questions of genre, influences and trope
35:40 Who is this story for?
Similar works in comics and transmedia
41:10 Chris Ware’s “Building stories”, “McSweeney’s Issue 36” by TC Boyle
44:20 “Cathy’s book” and “Dark Art”
Doro’s recommendation: “Ship of Theseus” by JJ. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Philipp’s recommendation: Is the wrong one. While a fine superhero comic book by itself, he did not mean “The Authority”, but its prequel “Stormwatch” (also written by Warren Ellis) which included by storyline he mentions in the podcast.
- “Jon Chad Offers A Look Behind His Bad Mask Multimedia Epic” – An interview with Jon Chad about his work on “Bad Mask”
- “Jon Chad’s Bad Mask takes a kid-friendly approach to the comic book box set” – Review of “Bad Mask” by AV Club
- The Comics Alternative podcast about “Bad Mask”
- Jon Chad’s Tumblr blog
Our title song is “Witchcraft” from “Go fly a kite” (General Electric)