Mark your calendars: today is officially “Dragonflyman Day.” Ahoy Comics is using the momentous occasion to help commemorate the trade paperback release of Dragonfly and Dragonflyman volume one. Is this about celebrating some truly great books? Mostly, yeah. But could you also have some cake to boot? Yeah, go nuts.
We spoke with series writer Tom Peyer about the historic new holiday (who offers as much insight as comedic relief) as well as some other topics. Merry Dragonflyman Day, everyone!
AIPT: It’s a big day for Omega and Alpha Earth-loving readers: Dragonfly and Dragonflyman will hit comic shops June 3, and June 16 is Dragonflyman Day. How long has the momentous celebration been in the works?
Tom Peyer: Since very early this morning. Before noon, even.
AIPT: There are right ways to celebrate Dragonflyman, like releasing dragonflies in your back yard or dressing like the character in your finest cosplay, but are there wrong ways to celebrate?
TP: Don’t wear matching socks; it’s a sign of disrespect.
AIPT: A Dragonflyman Day makes me think of Batman Day, which makes me think of…Dragonflyman The Movie! Who would you want to direct and who would you cast as the titular hero?
TP: I don’t know this “Batman day” you speak of, but I think a young Ronald Reagan would play Dragonflyman perfectly, directed by Alan Smithee.
AIPT: I’ve always loved the sense of humor in Dragonflyman comics but there’s also the edgier side too. When writing the series do you have to do anything to get into a brooding mood for the scenes set in the darker Omega universe versus the brighter Alpha universe?
TP: Before I write a grim-and-gritty Dragonfly scene, I absolutely have to beat up a criminal. That’s why I always keep some in the back shed. They’re tough characters, usually bodyguards to international arms smugglers, or henchmen to evil masterminds. When their bones break, it sounds to me like church bells.
AIPT: The concept of Dragonflyman works so well as longtime readers will pick up on nods to the Golden Age of comics and a more violent modern age. Do you have any plans or ideas to riff off of or spoof other eras of comics?
TP: I’ve been thinking about it, but the two eras we deal with present such a sharp contrast; I don’t know what else would serve us that well. But I could always come across something that convinces me otherwise.
AIPT: Many folks are struggling to keep their creative juices flowing right now, do you have any tricks or means of getting your creativity flowing?
TP: You just gotta bull through, and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. We have enough trouble right now without weaponizing our creativity against ourselves.
AIPT: What did you want to be when you were little? Hell, what did Dragonflyman want to be when they were little?
TP: I wanted to be a mild-mannered reporter. Dragonflyman wanted to be President of the United States, but in the end he traded up.