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Where did you come up with the idea?
In his review of the movie Constantine, Roger Ebert made the observation “Strange, that movies about Satan always require Catholics. You never see your Presbyterians or Episcopalians hurling down demons.” I took the next logical step and thought, “What would it look like to see your Mormons ‘hurling down demons?'”
Around the same time, a story line in Marvel comics titled “The Avengers Initiative” revolved around the idea that every state in the union should have a superhero team protecting it from supervillian threats. The Utah team is mentioned in passing, but we never get to see them. Salt City Strangers tries to get at both of those ideas.
Are all the characters members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
All of the characters are on what I call the LDS spectrum. Some fall closer to the so-called “Jack Mormon” side where swearing and drinking alcohol isn’t that big of a deal. While others are on the “Molly Mormon/Peter Priesthood” end of the scale. Just like Jon Huntsman, each individual’s relationship to the church is difficult to define. This is an area I’m really excited to explore in future issues.
Do you create the comic with traditional or digital techniques?
I use a hybrid approach to completing my comics. For Salt City Strangers, I started with small, hand-drawn thumbnails which I then scanned into the computer. Using Adobe Photoshop, I further refined the drawings then printed them out onto 17″ x 14″ pieces of art board. I gave these to Sam Rodriguez who did the finishes and inks with traditional tools. Then the pages were scanned back into the computer where final clean-up and lettering was done.
Are you a member of the LDS church?
“That’s tough to define,” Chris Hoffman says. “There are varying degrees.” (Good thing I’m not running for president!) First off I’ll say (with thanks to the creators of Assassin’s Creed for putting this so eloquently) that Salt City Strangers is a work of fiction that was designed, developed and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs. As for myself, I’m still on a spiritual journey and have not subscribed to any particular way of thinking about the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
Who is the creative team?