Michael Moreci Talks “Roche Limit” And His Son’s Influence

Power Hour Interview: Michael Moreci

Michael Moreci
The Power Hour crew was able to chat with comic creator Michael Moreci about his new book Roche Limit from Image Comics, updates on the Hoax Hunters film, and how the birth of his son has influenced his writing style.

“I think its change the way I approach a story and change the importance of the value that I put in a story. When you have a kid, its like the stakes are so much higher in your life. How you live your life and how you assess risk and how you make a living and all these different things. So you really alter your way of living and I think that affected my writing in terms of what I do really has to be meaningful to me. It just has to be worth it,” Moreci said.

Roche Limit will be available in your local comic book store or online on September 24, 2014.

Listen to the full interview or read the transcript below.

Tell us about your book.

“The Roche Limit is a sci-fi book in the not too distant future where we discover this sort of habitable planet and a colony that gets established there is called the Roche Limit Colony and basically what happens is that the book starts off with this like club-sized rich people and just everything turns really terrible. So when this girl goes missing on the colony and her sister, who is a police officer that goes to the colony to investigate her disappearance all the underbelly of the colony starts to get shaken up and turn loose and all the ramifications from there.”

Can you explain what Roche Limit means?

“Yeah as well as I can without being at all into science. Its like when one body’s mass overcomes another body’s mass due to gravitational pull causing the second body to come apart. So like the rings of Saturn. It was a moon that got caught in Saturn’s gravitational pull and mass and all those rings are just disassembled pieces of moon.”

Did the real definition inspire you to write the book and does it give clues?

“Yeah I mean it’s definitely a metaphor. Seeing thing coming apart, things being disassembled. So that’s a big deal for the book and story. It was actually my friend Steve Steely who I do Hoax Hunters with. He’s the one who told me roche limit was. I’m not that smart.”

Do you have the book all planned out into different?

“It’ll probably 15 (issues). It’ll probably be three five issue series.”

Is the trilogy all within Roche Limit?

“I think the other two will have subtitles, like Star Wars or something like that. But yeah so yeah it’ll be the next two books. I do have them planned out. I haven’t gotten that far in writing but I do know what happens in part two and three and how it eventually ends.”

How did you team up with your artist Vic Maholtra

“It was just a lucky thing actually. He emailed me. We’ve been buddies just because we admire each others work for a little bit before we teamed up and I was working on getting Roche Limit ready and you know how writers have to go searching for artists. This is the one time he emailed me and he was like ‘Hey if you have some work, I just got done with some projects and I’d love to team up on something.’ I showed him Roche Limit and he loved it so it worked out really nicely actually, which is really rare.”

Do you give Vic room to interpret your work?

“It’s funny because I’ve actually seen some of Tim’s scripts for Sundowners and they’re definitely a lot tighter than that. Tim writes more of Marvel style almost where it’s really open he’ll just kind of scribe ‘Here’s what happens on this page’ and some dialog. For me I write full scripts where its like how many panels on a page, what happens on each. But at the same time I always tell Vic and we’ve worked really well at this where it’s like if you see something on a page that you want to change or see things differently, you’re the expert. This is just my process of what works for me but if you want to do it differently, go for it.”

How would you describe your writing style?

“Probably unnecessarily detailed. I write pretty loose but I write fully and I think that’s what works for me because I like to be as clear as possible. But at the same time I believe that comics are a collaboration. When something comes up different like art or color or something like that I like to be surprised. But I also need to be full, I do a lot of outlining, etc. I like to have a very full rich process.”

How has your son influenced your writing?

“A lot. I think a lot. I think its change the way I approach a story and change the importance of the value that I put in a story. When you have a kid, its like the stakes are so much higher in your life. How you live your life and how you assess risk and how you make a living and all these different things. So you really alter your way of living and I think that affected my writing in terms of what I do really has to be meaningful to me. It just has to be worth it.”

Can we get an update on Hoax Hunters and where it is in the film process?

“We’re working on it. A writer is working on it. I don’t think I can say who. The comic is coming back. The first issue is just about done like we’re just in the final color of the letters right now. It got put on the back burner because I was working on other stuff but it’ll be coming along soon.”

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