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King of RPGs' Jason Thompson, Victor Hao Interviewed

posted on 2010-01-16 00:12 EST

The About.com website has posted an interview with Jason Thompson, former editor of the Shonen Jump magazine and Eisner-nominated author of Manga: The Complete Guide, and animator/illustrator Victor Hao about their shōnen-manga inspired King of RPGs graphic novel. Del Rey will publish the graphic novel on January 19.

In the interview, Thompson and Hao talk about how their love of role-playing games and shonen manga led them to create King of RPGs. They also list the specific shōnen manga titles that influenced their work, and its "geek humor" and in-jokes which cater towards role-playing and manga fans. Thompson discussed why the King of RPGs evolved into something more action-oriented, and the reception the graphic novel might have with those not familiar with both console and tabletop role-playing games. Thompson and Hao also discussed the process of creating the novel and gave tips to aspiring artists.

The duo confirmed that a second volume is already in the works, with the script currently going through the finalization stage for a tentative release date of Spring 2011.

Thompson discussed the future of OEL or Original English Language manga, and said he hopes "readers will continue to seek out good creator-owned titles" such as Scott Pilgrim, Moyashimon and Oishinbo.

Image © Jason Thompson, Victor Hao


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