If you haven’t had a chance to dive into the wonderfully imaginative series Oddly Normal, you’re missing out. Creator and artist Otis Frampton is currently working on the fourth book, and he was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with me. Check out the latest on what’s happening in the world of Frampton below…
Christine Marie: Hi Otis! Thanks for joining me here on Bleeding Cool to talk Oddly Normal. How have things been going in the world of Fignation since the release of Book 3?
Otis Frampton: Great! I’m working on the fourth book in the graphic novel series right now, which begins the second big story arc.
CM: Can you share anything with us about the upcoming story ARC?
OF: It will be a mash-up of monster movies, super-hero comics with a fun revenge story thrown into the mix. So it’s been a fun one to write and draw. But at ts core, it’s going to be a story about friendship and family, which are the two major themes of the series. Oddly spent the first story arc finding out what it’s like to make friends for the first time in her life. Now she’s going to learn what it means to HAVE friends and the challenges that come with that.
CM: I’ve been following along with your hashtag #OddlyCrypticTweets for quite some time now. You recently tweeted, “Very soon I’ll be able to share something that’s been in the works for two years. I’m quite animated about it. #oddlycryptictweets” Can you share with Bleeding Cool what that’s all about?
OF: Yeah, I’m happy to finally be able to talk about the animated series that we’ve been developing for the last two years. I’ve been teasing it out with the #oddlycryptictweets hashtag and now I don’t have to be so cryptic! We have put together a very cool pitch package with a trailer and a behind-the-scenes video showing the technology we’re using to create the series. It will be computer animated and use motion capture technology to allow actors to perform as the characters. It’s been a lot of fun putting the pitch together and now we’re ready to take it to studios. So wish us luck!
CM: It must be so exciting to see your characters come to life on the screen after living with them in your brain and on the page for so long. What are you most looking forward to with this new avenue for Oddly?
OF: There are three things that I’m most looking forward to moving ahead with the animated series. One, I’m excited that I’ll be able to expand the story and tell more of Oddly’s adventures in Fignation that are possible in the comics. Two, I’m thrilled that this will be an animated series that uses motion capture so that we’ll be able to work with actors beyond just recording voices. And three, I’m looking forward to adding two elements to the storytelling that just aren’t possible in comics: motion and sound. I’m constantly frustrated by those limitations as s comic creator, so it will be nice to have those tools at my disposal when it comes to the storytelling. I showed off very brief teaser of the trailer we created on Twitter last week. Just three shots. But the actual trailer is two minutes long with dialogue and music. And maybe I’ll be able to share that someday. But for now, the teaser will have to do.
CM: Thanks for letting us see a little sneak peak. It made me giddy to be honest! Will the potential TV series follow the same storyline as the comics/graphic novels have thus far?
OF: That’s the plan. We’d like to base the first season on the first fifteen chapters (basically the first big story arc). But we’ll be expanding it and opening up the world a bit to explore characters and storylines that I didn’t have time to get into in the comics.
CM: If you could choose one dream actor to play Oddly, who would it be?
OF: For me, there’s only one name on that list, and that’s Kate Micucci. Kate is an actor and musician (if you’ve never seen her work in the musical duo “Garfunkle & Oates,” go to YouTube NOW) who I’ve been a fan of for a few years now and she’d be perfect as Oddly. Even if this were going to be a live action series she’d be great in the role. Just put a green wig and pointed ears on her and she’s the spitting image of the character. So Kate, if you’re reading… DM me on Twitter and I’ll send you some “Oddly Normal” books to read.
CM: Otis, I can’t thank you enough for chatting with me and keeping Bleeding Cool up to date on everything Oddly Normal.
OF: Thanks, Christine! I can’t wait to share more about the next book and the animated series. Telling Oddly’s story is very important to me, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to do it in two mediums that I love!
For more information on what’s happening in the world of Otis Frampton be sure to follow him on Twitter. Until then, go out and grab yourself some copies of Oddly Normal. It is truly one of my favorite series of all time.
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