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Exclusive Interview with Apollo Villa-Real and Larry Ridlen, creators of the comic book series, "CITY OF MITH".


1- How did you come up with the idea for this?

    "CITY OF MITH" is based on a screenplay we had written a few years back. The premise is a detective awakens in a city where everyone has a superhuman ability...except him.  We won 2nd prize at the Story Pros Awards Screenplay contest in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category.  Our script also placed in the top 20 at the Screenwriter's Expo.  We wanted to create a comic book series chronicling the events leading up to the story in our screenplay.

2- How long did it take from start to first edition?

    Now this took about three to four years.  It didn't take long to write the first issue, bit it was a bit of a trial-and-error when it came to the art.  We did have several talented artists working on our project, but things didn't quite pan out in terms of our time table and the consistency of our series.  After scouring various websites, we discovered a wonderful illustrator, Chandar Wilson.  He actually completed issue #2 before redoing issue #1 in order to establish an artistic continuity.

3- Your work was accepted by comiXology.  I know they have a very high standard you need to meet.  How did it feel to get published?  I have heard the second issue is under review. How long is the review process?

    Having our premiere issue on comiXology was definitely a high point for us, and we felt a certain validation for our work.  We're absolutely grateful to the people at comiXology for establishing a platform where independent creators have an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their work to a vast audience.  We also understand it's just one piece, albeit an integral one, in the whole marketing machine of building a viable readership for our comic book series.  Yes, our second issue is under review.  It takes about 4-6 weeks, but it also depends on the number of submissions.

4- I understand DreamWorks showed interest in your work. How did that make you feel?

    Yes!  "CITY OF MITH" is based on our movie screenplay.  When we completed it, we went to several Hollywood Pitch Festivals where writers can sit with representatives from different film companies to pitch movie ideas.  We met with a wonderful gentleman, Jonathan Eirich of DreamWorks who loved our pitch, and he asked to read our script. Of course we were quite ecstatic.  While he told us he liked what he had read, he ultimately passed on our project because DreamWorks was going in another direction. But this strengthened our belief that our creative endeavors had merit.

5- You were at the 2013 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con at the South Point in June.  What was the response from people?

    The response was overwhelmingly positive.  We met with a lot of cool people who liked our comic book premise.  It was our first comic convention as exhibitors and the experience was fantastic.  People seemed to get hooked by "CITY OF MITH'S" story and artwork.  Here's the thing, we worked quietly for years on this with very little feedback and we were just happy to finally tell people about it.  And when people bought our comic book, we were thrilled.  Then, when several of them returned specifically to tell us they loved it... well... that meant a lot.

6- Where did you find the artist?

    We were very fortunate to find the remarkable Chandar Wilson at the awesome DeviantArt website.  This site proved to ba an invaluable resource for us.

7- What are your goals for "CITY OF MITH"?

    We're diligently working to complete the forst story arc of our comic book series, which is about seven or eight issues long.  We'd like to expand our comic book into an animated series, and since we haved a completed movie script, we'd love to see our characters on the big screen or even in an intricate TV series.  It would be awesome to have toys and video games, too.  In essence, we're trying to build "CITY OF MITH" into a successful franchise.  But it all starts with making strong connections with audiences through memorable character, stories, and artwork.

8- Can people purchase "CITY OF MITH"?

    Right now you can purchase our digital comic at It's a free app that enhances the reading experience through its fantastic guided view technology.  The direct link is  We were also selling a physical copy of issue #1, character magnets, and T-Shirts at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con.

9- Are you on Facebook or any other media?

    Yes, you can find and like us at  We also have a website, but it's currently being revamped.

    I wish to thank Apollo Villa-Real and Larry Ridlen for your time and I look foward to your future work.


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Thank you all for reading this and hopefuly passing the word. Look foward to any response.

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