The Way Of The Warrior
Comic Creator, Jan Oidium
What's this, a comic about HammerFall??? Well no, not really about the
band but about the warrior who graces the covers of their glorious CDs.
This interview provides a brief look at what this is all about and what
possessed someone to do a comic book related to the mightly HammerFall.
did you get the idea to make the HammerFall comic?
It was during a concert in Hamburg, Germany. The show inspired me. Someone
came on the stage in the costume of the warrior. Oscar In his stage gear
he looks like a comic figure, too. This happened 6 months ago.
Till this time the working process is still going on.
Can you tell me something about the Story?
The warrior starts his journey through the fallen kingdom.
He has to find the last "Tempelars of Steel". Only with their
unbound power, he can fight the forces of evil. It's a world of
Heavy Metal, fire and steel. But you will see it, when the comic is
Yes, that's a keyword. Real fans have the chance to appear
in the comic. Is that true?
Yes. Five fans would fight side by side with the warrior.
They are the Templars of steel. If you are a huge fan, you can send
me an e-mail including a photo. Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
But only five of them will do the
great fight for the power of metal.
Will the band members appear in the comic?
I think of the idea to draw the band members in a comic is
not very good, because it does not fit. Do you know the Kiss Comics, for example? The stories are bad,
because they are fixed on the musicians.
There is no real background, no deeper meaning.
In the HammerFall comic the band members will appear very short in a
few scenes, if they would be in any kind in
I don't like music comics were band member are in them, its very difficult
to make them fit into the reality.
I would like to add to that every fan has a different imagination
from the band members. So I decided to create
a fantasy world based on the song texts, not on the members.
The band members are a part of this world, but not the world himself.
They are what every musician is: An instrument, if they
play all together, which put out a higher might or power and create a
new scene in the minds of the listeners. That's the fascination of music and its what I do. I create a new
scene based on HammerFall.
Other comic-writers and drawers in the past did not know what music
is, they are just illustrators. They
draw the stories too superficial. I did not say that I do know what
music is. But I'm on the way to learn. And that's the secret, it always a way: The way of the warrior.
When will the comic be finished?
I don't now! It needs time. At the moment it seems it will be
a two part comic book. Each episode has near 24 pages. I think,
that's enough for the beginning. If the comic rules and I find some
more artists to help me, I would work more faster to make a monthly
If there are some artists outside, please write me an e-mail: email@example.com
You can watch the working process on www.oidium-comics.de
the whole world watch my work. I need feedback. So write me your
I had a look at the site....cool stuff and nice looking art.
The main question missing here is....have the band HammerFall seen this
comic idea themselves and what do THEY think of it?
I got an e-mail from Joacim Cans, three months ago. At this point,
there were only some few first studies finished. (You can see the
pictures on the work in progess: Step one / First Steps, on my > home
page.) Joacim said, he likes the idea. But the true pages, I draw them
at the moment, are much better, cooler, more powerful. So I think the
band likes this stuff too.
Will they be distributing a comic with an limited edition
I can't talk about that at the moment. We will see what will come
next and what the future of the HammerFall comic finally is.
Illustration and music together as one, the new powerful medium of
Would they help fund the printing of the comic?? That would be
I'm not sure that I understand this question correctly. The only
think I can tell you, is that the project is under construction. We will
inform you about the progress.
Ok, thanks for your time and all the best of luck with the
comic. Make sure you send us a final copy once it's ready!!
Thank you for the interview.
HammerFall Reviews in
Templars of Heavy Metal: The First Crusade (Home Video)
Want Out (EP)
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