The only way to make anything good or great is to just try and do the best job in your present time, in the absolute moment you’re in.
I was doing a show one night, and I went back in the kitchen and was hanging out, and Paul Thomas Anderson was there. We were just talking, and he was like, “I’m doing this movie if you want a part in it.” I said, “Yeah, sure.” So they called me the next day and said I needed to come in to be fitted for a wetsuit. I said, “Can I see the screenplay first?” And they were like, “Nope.” So I went in and got this custom wetsuit made, and they gave me two pages of the script and flew me to Reno. We shot this scene and then hung out all night drinking. And a week later, we were shooting and I was in the wetsuit. It was so hot to the point where I wasn’t even sweating anymore. And Paul was dumping bottles of water on my head to keep me from passing out and I was like, “Paul, what are we doing?” He said, “I can’t say right now, but I’ll just say that you are the first frog that falls out of the sky.” And I went, “Okay.” So that’s what working with PTA is like.
COMICS ALLIANCE’S BEST COMICS OF 2013
We’re listed amongst some pretty auspicious books — The Wake, Hawkeye, Mox Nox, The Private Eye — on Comics Alliance’s Best Comics of 2013 list. Plus they said all this nice stuff about us.
High Crimes could get away with just having a great concept and not have to do much else to be good. The hook and the setting, harshly evoked by Moustafa’s stylish images, are enough to make it an interesting read. But the book is about the characters, their bad wiring, worse choices, and the type of mania that forces someone into the Olympics or spying, or up the tallest mountain in the world. To say that Zan is imperfect would be a massive understatement: she’s a complete disaster, a junkie and a cheater always looking for the next place to hide. She’s an engaging failure forced to discover she still has some fight in her. Seeing parallels in the journal of Sullivan Mars — the spy found on Everest — she responds when the stakes are at their highest, and her journey from trainwreck to action hero propels the story.
Sebela and Moustafa don’t have a lot of space to work with. The first issue of the digital-only series was only thirteen pages, but they wring everything they can out of what they’ve got. Mixing up the pace between high-tempo action and considered character work, they keep the intrigue at full volume and convey all the danger and mystery of the setting with an appropriate combination of fear and awe. A smart, twisting thriller with great characters and an unassailable premise, High Crimes is a gripping new Baedeker of suspense.
2013 has been a super weird year for me and this isn’t helping the psychic dissonance (in the best way possible, duh). Thanks to John Parker and Comics Alliance for all the nice.