Q&A with Pat Shand + Issue #3 Cover

Thanks to everyone for submitting questions for CharmedComicFan10's Q&A with Pat Shand. Below you can read Pat's answers and a have an exclusive first look at the stunning new cover for issue #3.

 

CCF: Are you planning to make Season 10 new reader friendly?
  • PS: We’re kind of jumping right into the story. However, what I always think about is this: “My family supports me in my writing – will they be able to read and understand this without prior knowledge?” So I always strive to have some kind of in for the uninitiated, even if it isn’t all explained in the first few pages of #1. The reality of the situation is that this is the tenth season of a story with a huge fanbase, so I have to re-introduce a lot of characters that have already been established without making the longtime fans feel like we’re spending too much time retreading what they already know.
CCF: How is it working with Paul Ruditis? What is the process you follow to finalize the script for an issue?
  • PS: Paul is awesome. He knows more about Charmed than anyone on the planet. He’s walked the line between letting me go crazy with the ideas of what I want the season to be while helping me keep it consistent with the Charmed voice. Paul is a rarity, in that he both cares passionately and approaches editorial with tact, which I think is helping me deliver the best story possible.
  • My process differs every time. Sometimes, I pop the outline for the issue into a document and break it down page by page. Sometimes, I begin writing the dialogue for a conversation in the middle of an issue. Sometimes I write the end first. Each beast is different. After it’s written, I submit it to Paul. He gives me notes, I apply ‘em. Paul sends it to CBS, and they either give notes or approve. And then, Paul and I get the art team working on it.
CCF: Fans have a very positive response to the art previews from Elisa Feliz and Valentina Cuomo. Assuming the interior art for the first issue is now complete can you share your thoughts about it and how it translates your writing?
  • PS: The first issue is done, yeah. We’re well into the second. Elisa and Valentina are balancing likeness and their own styles in a way that makes me all warm inside. I was Valentina’s editor when she colored the 2014 annual for Grimm Fairy Tales, and from then, I knew her pastel, warm, bright colors would be ideal for Charmed. Elisa’s my favorite penciller who has worked on the title so far, so I’m just really digging it. The intention is to keep them on as the main art team for the season. Naturally, since an uninterrupted 24 issue run is so, so rare in modern comics, I’m structuring the season to have some one-off stories that still play into what I’m doing with the overall arc but are independent enough that a different art team can tackle those while Valentina and Elisa cover the main story. That’ll be probably #6 and #7, respectively titled “Will o’ the Witch” and “The Reason.”
CCF: What is the time gap between the events of Season 9 #24 and Season 10 #1?
  • PS: A year, give or take. The first issue takes place over a three-month period, so I’ll noncommittally say “about a year.”
CCF: If you could sum up what you are going to explore with each sister this season, using one word or one sentence each, what would they be?
  • PS: Let’s do a close interview after the season is done. I don’t want to spoil this now. I feel like maybe I already said too much on Tumblr. Each sister is going through something important to me, something emblematic of things I believe beyond the confines of Charmed and these characters.
CCF: I’m sure you’ve realized by now that everyone is curious to find out more about Prue. “Is she dead, alive or immortal?”“ Can she use her past powers?” “What are her new powers?” I know you can’t answer most questions about Prue but what can you tell us about her new role and how she deals with it? Has she accepted it or will she struggle?
  • PS: Even when you embrace power, there is weight to it. She’s struggling with find out who she is, what she is, and how that works in context of her being a Halliwell.
CCF: Is Cole’s return complicating Phoebe’s life and will he be a big part of her storyline this season? Knowing their history, will Coop feel threatened by Cole and his love for Phoebe?
  • PS: Does Coop feel threatened? Probably not, no. Does he love that Cole is hanging around? Probably not, no. However, Coop’s feelings about Cole as Phoebe’s ex and Cole as a “person” are complicated and conflicting things, and a lot of Coop’s arc this season will be in response to something that Cole does.
  • As far as complicating Phoebe’s life… I think, of all the sisters, she’s never had an easily charted love life. Or, really, life life.
CCF: You’ve mentioned the season will focus on the 4 sisters. How do you plan to evolve their bond and more specifically how is the relationship between Prue and Paige progressing?
  • PS: “Evolve” is a word with specific connotations that I don’t want to commit to yet. Prue’s relationship with her sisters is a huge part of not only all four of their character arcs, but of the season’s storyline.
CCF: You’ve also mentioned Season 10 will focus on demons. Last season Paul expanded the mythos behind witches. Are you planning to do the same for demons?
  • PS: No, not exactly. There will be some new aspects introduced. For instance, you guys know that the first issue focuses on the Old Ones… but I think there might even be an expectation that they’re going to be THE story this season, which just isn’t the case. We will delve into aspects of demonology that we haven’t seen explored in Charmed, but it’s all a catalyst for character and theme. I’ll develop mythology when I can and where it feels organic, but I do think there is something to be said for a mysterious villain whose origin is only seen through dark, inky clouds.
CCF: The summary for issue #1 reveals the introduction of the Old Ones. Can you tease what your take on them will be? Did you decide to introduce the Old Ones for The Charmed Ones to be against an enemy that could potentially be more dangerous than The Source or Neena?
  • PS: No comment. That answer will be answered on October 8th, pretty definitively.
CCF: Fans were excited to know that you plan to make season 10 darker. How are you approaching this direction? Will it be through the relationships between the characters or through the magical problems and enemies they will have to face?
  • PS: Both. The darkness of my favorite seasons of Charmed was pervasive, both in character arc and the demonic threats they faced. However, we’ve got leprechauns in the second issue, so it’s still going to be a fun thing with comedic elements. For me, dark doesn’t necessarily mean gritty and serious and humorless. It’s more in the approach to the story, the stuff that dwells under the surface. To me, the scariest and most potent storytelling is the villain we can care for, the villain that makes us question our choices, either in morality or how to deal with them. Gideon is a captivating villain. Cole, during his time(s) as a moustache-twirler, as a captivating villain. Those were dark stories, and I’m aiming for that kind of mood. I want to scare you one minute, make you laugh the next, and the move you by the time the story is done.
CCF: Which secondary character (as in character who isn't a Halliwell sister) have you enjoyed writing most?
  • PS: Cole.
CCF: Are there any plans for a special themed issue (Christmas themed for example) or for a holiday or trip the sisters plan to make? Also, will One-Shot issues be back this season?
  • PS: There are currently no definitive plans, but we talk about things. Who knows? Honestly, not me.

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Comments: 16
  • #1

    Superlana (Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:17)

    Thanks you both for doing This. I agree with Pat about Phoebe, she really has had it the hardest. Plus, I am happy to hear that Coop will get a arc. Love him too.

    No on the cover, it's just creepy and Paige looks evil.

  • #2

    Mihai (Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:29)

    Nice interview but it is true the cover creepy.

  • #3

    Pavel Ana (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:11)

    Hi thanks for posting this! I can't wait to see how season 10 will look like, I am curios about the thing Cole will do, I hope they won't turn him evil again.

  • #4

    Henry (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:25)

    OMG!!!! The cover is amazing!! Dark, creepy, witchy.. I'm speechless!! This season will be THE season.. I'm sure!! And I'm very intrigued by Prue's storyline.. Pat keeps saying that her relationship with her sister will be a vital point of the main storyline and I don't think that he's talking about them making cookies all together ahahah

  • #5

    cyma (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:35)

    Haven't gone through the questions yet, but I just needed to say.....the cover is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #6

    TomTom (Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:44)

    Oh my goooosh!
    Paige and black cats? Could it be better?? :D
    I want it as painting on my wall! xD
    Great cover!

    Thank you very much for this interview! All aspects sound very interesting and could be totaly after my fancy. Dark, familial, humorous, charmed.

    Can't waaaiiiit. :D

  • #7

    p3nathan (Thursday, 11 September 2014 13:31)

    Love the cover. The creepiness of it is fine by me. Not at all what I was expecting though, I must admit.

    Good interview and I'm more than ready for the season now. I struggled a bit to come up with questions because I feel like I've asked everything I can think of, but will no doubt have more after a few issues of the new season.

  • #8

    StoryGirl83 (Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:43)

    Creepy? I think the cover is adorable. Paige looks a little out of it, but the kitties are so cute.

  • #9

    p3nathan (Thursday, 11 September 2014 17:35)

    They are a bit spooky though haha

  • #10

    Julie (Thursday, 11 September 2014 18:07)

    All I can say is wow

  • #11

    sephjaymes (Friday, 12 September 2014 22:36)

    The cover is beautiful. It doesn't really grab my attention though. The way Pat described it, I thought it would shell-shock me or something.

    I hope Prue is not a primary part of this season. Pat should focus more on Phoebe, Paige and Piper's lives moving forward without her.

  • #12

    TomTom (Saturday, 13 September 2014 12:05)

    Oh yeah!
    This site looks so gooood with Paige and the black ornament-wallpaper. :D

  • #13

    Maya (Saturday, 20 September 2014 03:02)

    I disagree, Prue is just as important as any of them, but yes maybe the others should be more important, she should be placed higher than the husbands thats for sure.

  • #14

    Jluengo (Sunday, 21 September 2014 04:12)

    I think Prue`s new life is a vital plot of the season, like the other three sisters, because the show is about family and Prue is one of the four Halliwell sisters, but all know who are the charmed ones now (Piper, Phoebe and Paige).

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