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Jeff Young, Brian Koscienski, Chris Pisano

Jeff Young
Brian Koscienski
Chris Pisano

Sciencey Tales of Science Fiction


02Feb2012: MilSciFi.com interviews
Jeff Young, editor of the not even remotely military science fiction anthology, The Drunken Comic Book Monkeys in Sciencey Tales of Science Fiction, and the writers, Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano tag along. (Introduction submitted by author)

MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us a little something about your book, and what part did you play in its production?"

Young: "The Drunken Comic Book Monkeys in Sciencey Tales of Science Fiction is a collection of homages to the classic tales of SF with the inclusion of two main characters whose primary power is the excessive consumption of beer – mayhem ensues. As the editor, I kept all of the 'i's dotted and the 't's crossed, cut down on the usage of double and triple punctuation marks and in general tried to keep the literary arm punching to a minimum. Different from the prior book, I am now one of the characters as well and get to play the role of the antagonist."
Koscienski
: "It's Knucklehead and me in various sci-fi stories."
Pisano
: "Some favorites and some to be favorites.  We wrote it…"
Koscienski
: "We wrote it and we're in it.  We're the stars!"
Pisano
: "We're like super novas!  We could blow at any time!"
Koscienski
: "A double threat!"
Young
: "This is why you should let me do the talking."

MilSciFi: "Is this part of a large series or universe?"

Young: "This is the second in a continuing series, which may expand to include further volumes based around classic fantasy and even westerns."
Pisano
: "Yes. Like Jeff said, it's a universe. Our universe."
Koscienski
: "How big is our universe?"
Pisano
: "12 ounces! [cackling]"
Koscienski
: "This is book 2 of a 4 book trilogy."
Pisano
: "Or more!"

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Young: "Four things inspire Comic Book Monkeys – Beer, Sex, Porn and Food – simple as that."
Koscienski
& Pisano: "Yaaaaaaaaay!!!
Young
: "What inspired me as the editor? The opportunity to be a character that constantly tries to eliminate the Comic Book Monkeys."

MilSciFi: "Who did your illustrations, and how did they come to be involved in this project?"

Young: "The Monkeys will let you know a great deal more about the illustrator, Koa. I can tell you that he was exceptionally talented and able to create illustrations in a very short period of time."
Koscienski
: "His name is Koa Beam. We've known him through the convention circuit.  He's a very talented artist. No website that I know of, though."
Pisano
: "He can draw artwork ready for framing using only a sharpie on restaurant placemats."

MilSciFi: "How much input, or control, did you have on said illustrations?"

Young: "I understand that Koa was very receptive to suggestions from the Monkeys."
Pisano
: "Did you just infer that we're bossy?"
Young
: "Maybe."
Koscienski
: "Jeff's so mean. We had a lot, but Koa did take some artistic license.  For example, in the World of the Monkeys, he knew there was no girl in a cage but he drew one anyway, because he thought it was funny!

MilSciFi: "Do you have plans to expand upon, or write other works based on this book?"

Young: "As the editor, I can only say, please dear God no – but I have already signed on to edit the next couple. I can only resign myself to the hope I receive jury duty and am sequestered for over a year."
Koscienski
: "Words hurt, Jeff."
Young
: "Yeah, I know! And when they come at me from a loud Sasquatch such as yourself, they hurt even more."
Pisano
: "Preachin' to the choir!"
Koscienski
: "Ah-hem. To expand upon what Jeff said, the next book will be about us in fantasy stories. And we think the book after that will be us as detectives."

MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you write short stories, and if so do you find it a challenge?"

Young: "While the Monkeys are working on novel length projects, I think short stories are easiest since one of the four items mentioned above can quickly distract them. In fact, even shiny objects distract them."
Pisano
: "I'm a little happier in the short story medium. There's a little more instant gratification in short stories."
Koscienski
: "True."
Pisano
: "you get that feeling of accomplishment faster with a short story."
Koscienski
: "Lord knows, we don't get that feeling often!"
Pisano
: "Usually it's from a good beer."
Koscienski
: "Totally."
Young
: "Only you two could compare short story writing to beer drinking."
Koscienski
& Pisano: "It's a gift!"

MilSciFi: "Since time is of the essence for getting a read up to speed in a short story, do you have a strategy, or preferred method for doing this?"

Young: "As the editor, I find that the Monkeys tend to start things in medias that allow them to start the pace more quickly."
Koscienski
: "For this book, we've taken a whole movie or genre and attempted to parody it."
Pisano
: "So, we assume that readers have an understanding of the original."
Koscienski
: "It was a challenge to get the main points of the stories to come across."
Pisano
: "If each story is a scene in a vignette, you have to change the lighting, backdrop, for each story, almost like a play.  But I don't think we do cookie cutter stuff."
Koscienski
: "Right."
Pisano
: "We try to do the same thing differently each time."
Koscienski
: "We try to parody the theme versus the whole thing."
Pisano
: "We use extracts."
Young
: "Extracts? What is wrong with you two?"
Pisano
: "Is that the next interview question."
Young
: "No!"

MilSciFi: "What advice would you give an 'up and coming writer'?"

Young: "Up and coming editors: do not agree to edit the Comic Book Monkeys. And if you have to, then demand payment up front, never give out them your phone number or email address and at the least, conduct all contact through carrier pigeon."
Koscienski
: "Persistence and patience."
Pisano
: "Even if you don't get accepted, don't berate the editor.  It's a very subjective field."
Young
: "Wait … Did you just say, 'Don't berate the editor?!' "
Pisano
: "Ummmmm … No…? That must have been someone else."

MilSciFi: "What was the one thing you found most difficult about creating this book?"

Young: "Getting Chris to finish his stories and getting Brian to spell 'brassiere' correctly."
Koscienski
: "Coordination. Working with the artist. Making sure we don't tell the same stories twice. Keeping inside jokes to a minimum. Learning how to spell 'brassiere.' "
Pisano
: "That's the advantage of having an outside editor involved."
Young
: "Oh, don't start sucking up to the editor now!!"
Koscienski
: "The photo shoot. Coordinating two monkeys and their editor with 24 bottles of beer outside without getting arrested by the police as they drove by more than once. And explaining to the pizza guy that we weren't being invaded."

MilSciFi: "Please tell us about your publisher, and how you became involved with them?"

Pisano: "We pay all their bills."
Koscienski
: "After literally ten years of knowing each other, Pisano and I needed a 3rd party to tell us that the other wrote. We started working on a novel and then after many pitchers of beer, we now have a publishing company."
Young
: "They came to a writer's group that I led. I was imperceptive and did not run screaming in the other direction quickly enough."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in the works?"

Young: " 'TV Gods' – what if your favorite TV show was cast with the pantheon from your favorite myths? 10-15 stories from a cast of talented authors."
Koscienski
: "And who's the editor?"
Young
: "**sigh** Me."
Koscienski
: "Ha! You LIKE being our editor!"
Pisano
: "We're your cash cow!"
Young
: "I hate you both."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Young: "The Monkeys have the complete list of cons for 2012. I will join them as I can, especially when they let us read 'The Drunken Comic Book Monkeys Versus the Mummy' aloud."
Pisano
: "Jeff reads the part of the Mummy. He's a very angry young man."
Koscienski: "The next few are Monster Mania, Pittsburgh Comicon, and Balticon."

MilSciFi: "Thank you, for your time."

Young: "I think I need a drink…."
Koscienski
& Pisano: "Great idea! We'll join you!"
 


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