Come one! Come all! See my latest
captive author interview! Let me take off the sheet so we can see who we have today…
I’m A.B. Funkhauser and I’m an undertaker living in Toronto, Canada. When I’m not doing what I’m trained for, I write, lecture, draw, listen to R – E – C – O – R – D – S, and Chill and Netflix. I enjoy long walks in the woods, don’t mind the beach, and love tooling around the chilly Canadian countryside in winter in a convertible with the top DOWN. I wear a tuque when my hair isn’t big and I do say “Eh” and I say it proudly, eh?
Woot! The interview
and my crimes has gone international!!! So, what comic goodness are you reading up there in Canada?
The New York Times Best Seller list never lies, so I’m keeping an eye on ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata and NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING by Masashi Kishimoto. Blame the kids, they got me hooked.
Manga is an excellent choice! Heck, even Stan Lee has worked in manga. He had a hand in making Karakuri Dôji Ultimo. And- Whoa, I better stop or I’ll end up monologue-ing like a villain. Speaking of villains, got a favorite?
Other than me, of course.
I totally got into Fish in season one of GOTHAM, but now I can’t take my eyes off Penguin. Robin Lord Taylor is AMAZING. Of course, it helps that he’s a snappy dresser and loves his mum, but there’s more to it than that. His relationship with Jim Gordon is so complex and curious. In Gordon he seeks a friend, a brother, someone who can approve of him. It’s touching and heart breaking. Now, when he goes off the wall as he often does, he is high camp: zany, homicidal, funny beyond belief, even at his most sadistic. I think his vulnerable side is a great balance to all the crazy. I keep hoping he’ll find some peace, but then, if he did, he wouldn’t be Penguin.
we villains are quite zany! Know what else is zany? Superpowers! They can be so helpful, but there’s always a price, the weakness. Tell me which superpower you’d like and I’ll dump the radioactive ooze on you.
Easy! I’d be a more controlled version of Storm. Let it rain a half hour each day between four and four-thirty in spring-summer; let there always be snow Christmas Day; keep the water behind the levees at all times; and let there be enough humidity to keep skins soft and mosquitoes down. What’s the weakness? The planet is busted up into different hemispheres limiting my dream to where I dwell, so many will be left out. That makes me sad.
Tell the lovely people why you’re here today
, as we wait for the ooze to take effect.
I’m getting the word out on my second novel SCOOTER NATION releasing March 13 through Solstice Publishing and Amazon. It’s a bewdy, combining gonzo mortuary revenge themes with a little bit of romance and a lot of humor. There are many players vying for control of the street they live on, but only a handful will triumph against the evil wafting from City Hall and an over inflated showboat of a fitness guru, all hell bent on transforming a real community with real people into fakey punk plastic. I’m so excited because the unlikely avengers in this scenario are a rag tag crew of funeral directors and a gang of scooter bound sextenarians crusading for the rights of the disabled. The challenges are herculean in that they must put aside civilized behavior—everything they’ve been taught to believe is right—to achieve their ends. The question I hope to leave readers with is: Are these people heroes or villains? What is the difference?