— Stephen Romano (@StephenPRomano) September 6, 2016
It’s no wonder Stephen Romano’s creative compass has pointed towards Fulci. The late filmmaker had a long and varied career doing things his own way, even within the confines of someone else’s way.
The word prolific might get tossed around a lot, but Romano is a true machine, and pumps out a lot more behind the scenes than is immediately apparent on the frontlines of the short term rinse-repeat sales cycles of today’s media marketplace: writing material that won’t see light of day for a year – or years, or sometimes ever if deemed discardable. He even, annoyingly for die-hard fans, pens truly secret ghost writing.
The linear ladder suggests a frustrated writer move up to directing. But he has peered behind that curtain and deemed it untenable. Instead, publishing comics is offering him unprecedented control and responsibility. Stepping sideways is an atypical route all storytellers and artists would do well to consider.