BOOM! Studios launches a new creator owned title on March 4 from writer W. Maxwell Prince and artist Tyler Jenkins’ King of Nowhere.
Following a drunken night, Dennis awakens in Nowhere, an odd town filled with strange people. The series explores the miraculous, the mundane, and all the mysteries in between with Dennis, a drunken lowlife, at the center of the narrative.
Newsarama had the chance to talk to Prince about what fans can expect with his new title. We discussed the dream like quality of the book, how Maxwell Prince tackles alcoholism and other addictions, and took a deep dive into what type of stories will be explored with the series’ main characters.
Newsarama: W, where did you get the idea for the concept of King of Nowhere?
W. Maxwell Prince: I found it at the bottom of a hat.
Nrama: The series almost has a dream like quality, what made you want to go this direction with it?
Prince: Is life anything but one long, unbearable waking dream?
Nrama: Your lead wakes up drunk to go on his adventure, is this a story about alcoholism?
Prince: Alcoholism, cocaine abuse, helplessness in the face of danger—this story is about the three main things that we’ve all had to contend with at one point in our lives.
Nrama: How did you come up with the setting of “Nowhere”?
Prince: Nowhere is in California, but it’s inspired by where I grew up in New Jersey. It was an economically and socially diverse town, simultaneously agrarian, metropolitan, and coastal.
Nrama: Tell us a bit about your main characters.
Prince: Dennis is a drunk and isn’t very good at much of anything. Jed is also a drunk, but has gills. Sheriff Tucker has one eye trained on everything. Eleanor purrs and also investigates murders. Bob has a very powerful nail gun.
Nrama: There are a lot of off the wall designs and characters. Which one is your favorite?
Prince: I could watch Tyler and Hilary draw Jed all day. There’s also a character named Sullivan in #2 that they just knocked out of the park.
Nrama: What made you want to publish this story through BOOM! Studios?
Prince: Eric Harburn at BOOM! approached me and asked if I wanted to work with Tyler on something. How could I say no?
Nrama: What made you want to do this as a mini-series instead of an ongoing?
Prince: BOOM! told me I had 5 issues, 24 pages per issue. And with a name like BOOM!, I’m not sure it’s wise to argue with them.
Nrama: Would you like to make a sequel?
Prince: King of Nowhereis very much a single story—one fleeting look at a place full of persons (and non-persons). It’s a closed loop, and like any good Western-thriller-genre-fusion-thing, the hope is that you walk away, leaving it in the dust, and never return again.