[SDCC '14 EXCLUSIVE] Paul Tobin Brings Back Insanity in “Colder: The Bad Seed”
By Zac Thompson
In 2012 a chilling new horror series launched with one of the most alarming covers I’ve ever had the pleasure of collecting. “Colder” was a unique story about the nature of insanity from Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra that oozed confidence and chilled to the core. The original work was an incredible look at mental illness that you don’t often find within the pages of comics, it’s not an easy thing to attack and it’s certainly no stranger than the bulk of comic panels. However the raw vulnerability of the first volume made for a book that wasn’t scared to linger on the horror of human perception. So much so we said ourselves “If you aren’t reading Colder, you’re missing out. Hugely. Don’t make that mistake.”
So today we’re happy to have the EXCLUSIVE reveal of “Colder: The Bad Seed.” This is a direct continuation of the first series and brings an entirely new threat into Declan’s world. We we’re lucky enough to sit down with Paul Tobin to talk about mental illness, working with Juan Ferreyra on the horrors in volume two, and his favorite type of fear.
BLOODY DISGUSTING: What interests you most about mental illness? And what sort of research did you do to prepare to dive back into the world of Colder?
PAUL TOBIN: Mental illness to me is all about the perception, and from both sides. It’s secrets that nobody else shares. An insane person can see something that doesn’t exist in “reality,” but at the same time it’s real in THEIR reality, and I find that fascinating. I’ve had a few (ahem) altered states where I’ve had hallucinations, and during them I KNEW that I was seeing something that wasn’t real… but… couldn’t deny my eyes anyway. So, the perception of “crazy” is a knife edge: both sides deny the other. And, from one perspective, both sides are right. As far as what kind of research I’ve done, life experience, mostly. I work in a creative field. Plenty of wonderfully strange people to learn from. I like my friends between a little insane and moderately insane. More interesting that way, right?