Jonathan Mostow talks “The Megas”February 28, 2008
Jonathan Mostow, director of Terminator 3 and U-571, talks about his latest creation for Virgin Comics’ Director’s Cut line, The Megas.
“The great thing about the graphic novel medium is you can draw it. I can sit there and try to explain it to you, but when you see the image I think it has a kind of certain power to that image,” Mostow says. “I get to communicate what’s cool about the idea and compelling about the idea in a way that’s more compelling than writing about it or a phone call with me talking about it.”
That was especially key when the underlying concept is as abstract as it is in “The Megas.” “The idea is an intellectual idea and if you start to explain it people think it sounds like a thought experiment from some eighth-grade social studies class,” he says. “But if you draw it, if you see the White House re-envisioned as a palace, and you see these iconic architectural archetypes like the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument re-imagined as trappings and symbols of power of a monarchy, there’s some thing very compelling about those images that I think can create an emotional feeling the viewer or reader.”
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