Next week, Displaced Persons, a graphic novel by Derek McCulloch and Anthony Peruzzo hits the comic stores, with general release later in the month. I mentioned earlier in the month that you could look at a preview of book online. Now you can read a long interview with the author (Derek) and artist (Anthony).
I’m really excited that this book is finally coming out. I was an advance reader for it years ago (I questioned Derek about the AutoMat mentioned in the interview), and I have been chomping at the bit to see the finished product. It’s a wonderful story – complex, vivid, and engaging, and I think it’s going to get Derek and Anthony a lot of notice.
McCulloch: What’s really funny about that chapter, is when I started working on this book, 1999 was the near future. When I first figured out the structure of it in my head, and when I finally got around to writing the script in 2007, 1999 was as much a period piece as the other two parts in the sense that I had to take some care in putting period markers in it.
I mean, there were things in the 1930s chapter that I was just really excited to put in that don’t make any difference at all to the story or anything but are really great background elements. I’ve always loved the concept of the Automat restaurant. Preston Struges’s Easy Living had a scene set in an Automat, and I got Rantz a copy of that film and he just loved it too. He loved all the design, and it was great how in these restaurants you would go and open up these little plastic doors and take out fully cooked meals in crockery. It seems today like a very elegant fast food.
I don’t even know if Automats existed on the West Coast, actually. They always seemed like a very East Coast thing. I tried getting some specific information about whether there were any on the West Coast or in the Bay Area, and I couldn’t get confirmation, so I just thought, oh what the hell, in my story there are, there was at least one automat in San Francisco, because I put it there. In the ’60s, the 1969 chapter, one thing I was really adamant to have was a 45 center.