definitive story has not been done...yet."
(Update! as of
10-09-03: The Micronauts live on at Devil's Due! Go to Newsarama
to see the details)
September of 2003, some discussion about the Micronauts comic book series
began at the Comic Book Recourses website. A promotional image produced
by the old Marvel artist on the series Pat Broderick (see below) was posted
by and quickly removed by the reps at Future Comics - a small independent
publisher. Some further discussion about this was continued on the Comicon
website, in the "Panels" section under the Micronauts
and Broderick thread. It seems that Pat Broderick had shown some serious
interest in taking over the book. At the time he worked for Future and
it looked as if there was a "Future" for the Micronauts at last,
after Devil's Due announced that the series was ending around issue #12.
Pat has spoken out about the exact details of what was happening, but
now he has released these beautifully penciled pages showing a very different,
but familiar, take on the comic. So what exactly is going on with the
So Future decided not to grab the Micronauts property for reasons already
explained, but the color artwork that was pulled from the Comic Resources
page was obviously produced before this decision. Were you commissioned
to do this by Future, or did you come up with this on your own?
Pat Broderick : "Yes the color illustration you're referring
to was produced before it was decided that Future was not able to put
together the resources to publish the series. Was it a commissioned piece?
No, it was a "requested" piece. Future did not pay for that art and has
no legal claim to it. Nor have they returned it."
ISO : What
is the story behind the characters drawn? They look to be a combo of the
old Marvel ones, and the new Devil's Due ones.
PB : "I'm
glad that you caught the look as a combination of the two series. Keep
in mind that at the time I had only read the Karza issues, and as of this
date I'm still waiting to collect the whole series from Image to read.
The look of the characters in the art reflects what I remember of the
first run. While making enough changes so that they would still be new.
Also in that scene are some real people that I know. The man and his dog
are actually Bob (Layton) and his wife's dog Sherman. Bob often brought
his two Dogs to work with him. The Girl with the collar is actually an
animation student of mine, Midori Kimura in Tampa. I'm a teacher at the
Academy of Design and Technology for the animation department and Midori's
in my storyboard class. She's a very sweet, talented, young women which
always dressed in a more radical fashion and I had intended to design
a main character after her. But what was most important about that picture
was what the scene told to the viewer. That here are very advanced miniature
beings caught in a very contemporary situation on our world unnoticed
by everyone except the dog."
"I redesigned the look of these characters
hoping to catch the new look. I only had the web sites for reference
material and had found a new Space Glider pick on one of Bryan Wilkinson's
sites and he was the basis for the Captain. Acroyear is and always will
be Acroyear, this one's based off of my memories and also changed enough
to be new. The "Bug" character...this is totally new with four arms
and grass hopper legs and wings, antenna, and mandibles. The female
characters' costume is new. Also I asked for that color scheme to tickle
ISO : What was your reasoning for doing these pages?
PB : "The
reason that I penciled these was to kick start my brain."
: Were you commissioned to pencil these four pages, or was this
another idea that you came up with on your own? How
long did it take you to produce these?
PB : "The four pages your referring too were done from the
first plot I did for the series. But commissioned? No. And it took me
about two days to draw them."
ISO : Are these the old Marvel characters shown?
PB : "No these are not the Marvel characters. All of the hardware
are from the toys, not the comic."
: Did you plot this out yourself, and what is the story idea you
had for these four pages? What else could have happened following this
story line, had anything else been planned out?
PB : "Well, actually I did plot the first story, But it had
not been accepted by Bob (Layton) which I feel was another of the stalling
techniques he was using at the time. But as to what was happening in
those pages is basically this; The explorer who was one of Karza's brothers
was awakened from deep sleep by Biotron as they entered Karza space.
It had been 7 or so years since they had left their homeworld and was
on their return when Biotron had detected from the ships sensors that
the world they were approaching had been totally wiped clean of all
life. And this was the central world of the insect hive empire. So as
they investigate they meet "Bug" one of the few survivors who had been
off planet at the time of its destruction. "Bug," seeing the familiar
design of the ship would later attack the commander and would have killed
him right there in the ruins of his world if not for Biotron. The commander
learns of his brothers rise to power from the insect. That pretty much
about covers the first eight pages."
: Are you hoping Devil's Due will continue with the Micronauts
with you on board or do you hope Marvel will start them up again?
PB : "This questions hard to answer for this reason. Negotiations
are about to be completed with a publisher. A comic book publisher whose
name I can't reveal. I've already spoken with both the creative director,
the editor and writer. And their all very excited.
The Micronauts will be a collaborative effort and the writer is really
damn good. And funny too. "
ISO : Why
do you like working on the Micronauts project so much?
PB : "As for why I love these characters so much is because
of many reasons. First it was because I'm a huge Mike Golden fan and
at the time I was glad to be able to enjoy his work on a monthly basis.
Prior to the Micronauts, Mike's work bounced around a lot at DC . And
I was looking for steady work from Marvel . Louise Simonson called and
offered the book after the Chakin six issue run. And I jumped. After
the first issue I was in love so I really poured my heart into the series
and the fans responded. Bill Mantlo keep coming up with some really
great stories. Odd Jon, the McDonalds story, Miracle Man and the junkyard,
Shield and Hydra at Disney World, entering Commander Ranns' mind and
fighting Nightmare. It was just a great time for me."
ISO : What
did you think of the Devil's Due story compared to the one you worked
on with Bill Mantlo in the 80's?
PB : "I won't compare the two together. They were both individual
efforts by some very talented people."
ISO : What
do you think the definitive Micronauts story is?
PB : "The definitive story has not been done...yet."
ISO : Any
final thoughts on the whole thing?
PB : "My thoughts are this, I have got to be the luckiest
artist in the business today. I have been in this business for a long
time. When the whole thing melted back in the nineties I was lucky enough
to have made a clean transition into advertising. Then along the way
preproduction concept work for film and animation. Now I'm able to bring
what I've learned back to comics. A more cinematic approach storytelling
and a clearer understanding of what a storyteller does."
Online would like to thank Pat for taking time out of his busy schedule
to talk to us. The new series by Devil's Due has just been announced,
and it looks to get rolling in early 2004 with Dan Jolley writing again,
and on art...Mr. Pat Broderick!
All images copyright © 2003 Pat Broderick.