DINOSAURS ATTACK! Interview with Gary Gerani

by Rob Caprilozzi

IDW Publishing is proud to announce that this summer, Topps’ classic card series DINOSAURS ATTACK! will return to the comics world! Reprinting and then finally finishing the comic series started at Eclipse Comics in 1988, fans can expect the same ferocious and terrifying mayhem to ensue!

We caught up with writer, Gary Gerani to talk about DINOSAURS ATTACK!

Horror News Network: Can you talk a bit about what it feels like to return to Dinosaurs Attack! after all these years?

Gary Gerani: It’s like visiting an old friend you haven’t seen in a couple of decades. I have to admit, I laughed out loud at some of the audacious stuff in the narrative.

Horror News Network: Can you talk a bit about the artists on this series?

Gary Gerani: Penciller Herb Trimpe was a real pro, as was veteran painter Earl Norem, who rendered covers and the “dinovision” sequences within the storyline. Always loved working with seasoned talents like these guys, because they bring so much great experience to the project. Norem is a master of what I call ‘men’s magazine pulp,’ which was ideal for DINOSAURS ATTACK! Also, starting with issue #2, there is some work from a “mystery penciller” or pencilling team that no one could identify, and hopefully this phantom artist or artists will emerge from the woodwork and proudly take credit. Also, original card renderer Xno (aka Chet Darmsteader) should take a bow, as his influence is felt throughout the comic.

Horror News Network: IDW also teased additional ‘Dinosaurs Attack!’ projects. Can you spill the beans on any at this point?

Gary Gerani: My lips are sealed. Besides, they haven’t told me anything yet!

Horror News Network: What can we expect in terms of blood, guts and absolute carnage from this series?

Gary Gerani: All you would ever want, and a great deal more. Juicy, playful, over-the-top gore is part of our satiric message, after all.

Horror News Network: What’s next for you horror-wise?

Gary Gerani: I’m writing a TV pilot called DARK SCRIPTURES, working with John (WEST WING) Tinker, along with the original PUMPKINHEAD producer, Billy Blake. It’s a modern day supernatural thriller tapping into Biblical themes and concepts. And I’ve also proposed a PUMPKINHEAD reboot with Josh Brolin as Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen’s role in the original). We shall see what we shall see…

Horror News Network: Where can our readers find out more about you? Do you have a website/blog?

Gary Gerani: Nah, just a colorful Facebook page. Feel free to visit!

Horror News Network: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Dinosaurs Attack!?

Gary Gerani: DA sums up everything I was feeling at the time: it’s sci-fi, horror, and free-wheeling satire with a rather far reach. Fans of the genre will find references not only to giant dino flicks like GODZILLA, BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, etc., but even the works of screenwriter Nigel Kneale (QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), THE OUTER LIMITS, and H.P. Lovecraft. And while the wacky parody elements are everywhere, so is the ongoing high-strung melodrama, which ties this entertainment package together. DA, unlike MARS ATTACKS cards, always had a focused, character-driven storyline and theme, which of course the comics/graphic novel can explore more fully. Granted this is all retro by today’s sophisticated comic book standards, and was even designed to be back in ’88. That’s the whole point, really; DA’s a gleefully excessive return to the past in more ways than one. So kick back, find some stale bubblegum to munch on, and remember what it was like to be a naughty kid again!

Horror News Network: Thanks for your time, Gary. Best of luck with this book!

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