An interview with The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong writer Brockton McKinney.
I love Full Moon Features! The company is headed up by B-movie veteran Charles Band and known for B-rate goodness flicks like Puppet Master, Trancers, Evil Bong 666 and, coming soon, Evil Bong 777. The latter two were written by Brockton McKinney, who is also the writer of The Gingerbread Man Meets Evil Bong, the new comic coming out from Action Lab. I had the chance to talk with Brockton right before he flew off to Las Vegas to film Evil Bong 777. Lucky him!
AiPT!: Hey Brockton, thanks for sitting down and talking with me. Action Lab just announced the Full Moon crossover The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong. I am a fan of Full Moon and these characters, so I am looking forward to this! What can you tell us about it?
Brockton McKinney: Thanks for having me, Dave! We’re all pretty stoked about this new Gingerdead Man Evil Bong crossover for a number of reasons, but an important one is that this is Eeebee the Evil Bong’s first appearance in a comic book. So, we wanted to do something really special, take it to the next level. I wanted each issue to give you a different look at a version of these iconic characters that fans have yet to see. Sergio Rios is THE Gingerdead artist, he’s the guy that really defined what the comic version of the character would look and move like (in the Baking Bad series) so I threw him some insane ideas. And now I’ve been watching his designs come in–and they are off-the-wall amazing.
But back to the question, the basis of the book is that everyone who gets sucked into Bong World gets their own version of the realm based on their personality. So Gingerdead gets sucked in, and as you can imagine, it’s bad news, complete with evil “My Little Ponies” and cannibalistic candy children called “Sweet Babies.” And that’s just the first issue! We have a surprise for fans in each of the issues, new version of their favorite Full Moon characters. Not to get too spoilery, but if you’ve ever wanted to see a Pacific Rim-style mega-creature fight starring Eebbee and Gingerdead… well, you’re gonna love issue 3.
AiPT!: I also heard that you are working on Evil Bong 777. Eebee is heading to Vegas! What can you tell us about Evil Bong 777?
McKinney: Man, this is my favorite Evil Bong film yet. Vegas is like a second home to me, so getting to use that as these characters’ playground was a dream. Plus, I got to write again with the legendary Charles Band and Kent Roudebush, and we went nuts on this one. Eebee and the gang are on the run from the satanic stoner Lucy Furr and decide to hide in Vegas, so the shenanigans obviously begin instantly.
Charles secured some amazing venues, including a haunted hotel and a burlesque joint that will be used to debut one of the biggest puppets Full Moon has ever created. It takes something like five puppeteers to make it work! PLUS, it’s the first of appearance of Gingerdead Man’s horribly fun children, the Gingerdead Twins! And just so much more. Fans are gonna love it. I’m actually getting ready to go on set and see the first day’s filming tomorrow!
AiPT!: You are staying busy with The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong and Evil Bong 777. What other projects do you have up your sleeve that you can talk about?
McKinney: Well, we have a brand new Full Moon film property that debuts in October called Halloweed Night! I can’t say too much about it yet, but it’s a whole new cast of Full Moon characters that we’ve created specially for the film. Charles, myself, artist Jonas Britt, and incomparable FX master Tom Devlin have come up with some of the most absolutely insane designs that Full Moon has ever worked on, so you can only imagine how wacked-out and fun this one’s gonna be.
AiPT!: AmeriKarate finished up a few months ago. Is it done or will you and Corey Kalman bring it back in the future?
McKinney: We’re taking a break on it right now, because we’re focusing on our first animated project! It’s called Fightinator and there’s an Earth-shattering amount of talent onboard for it. It’s the entire creative team from Amerikarate (Daniel Arruda Massa, Corey Kalman, Christian Moran, Vuko, Devin Roth and April O’Neil) plus superstar creator Brandon Graham! It’s the story of a cyborg and his gang of mercenaries–who are musicians by night, and fight cocaine-Nazis by day! This thing is pure insanity and I couldn’t be more excited to show off what we’ve got. Did I mention that former heavyweight champion Buster Douglas voices a cyborg named Robuster? Well, he does.
AiPT!: Greensboro Comicon is your baby. What exciting things are in the making for this year’s con?
McKinney: Man, this show is a monster now. It takes place on September 15 and 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it’s a little too soon to start making the announcements, but I will say if you’re a fan of any of the projects I work on you’re gonna want tickets. You can keep tabs at greensborocomicon.com because we’re gonna blow your socks off your feet and then back on and then off again and them on one more time, but by then your socks will have their minds blown.
AiPT!: We both have a taste for B-rate cinema. What flicks have you watched lately that are so bad they’re good?
McKInney: Oh man, what a question! We have a VHS group that gets together every week, including Bo Fader (Deathcurse), Jonas Britt (Evil Bong 777) and Jordy Dickens (Sick and the Dead) and we watch about 3 tapes a night. Last week we had a run of amazing ones: Andy Sidaris’ Seven starring William Smith, a cop-action flick called Silent Prey (starring real-life policewoman Carol Shayla) and then we ended the night with bit of nepotism and watched a VHS copy of an older but super funny and gory film we made called Rodney Cecil: Psycho Hero (available on DVD on Amazon, shameless plug).
AiPT!: Sounds like a quality night of film watching! I ask this of everyone that I interview. I am composing a unique stalker list of creator’s methods of procrastinating. I find myself wasting time on Twitter when I should be writing or researching. What is your favorite form of procrastination?
McKinney: Most certainly VHS tapes. We have a love for the old stuff, and the pure heart and ingenuity that had to go into making these things on a shoestring budget. Absolutely inspiring–and best paired with good friends and an adult beverage of your choice!
AiPT!: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with me, Brockton. I dig all your work and I look forward to Evil Bong 777, as well as The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong! Good luck with the shoots!
McKinney: Dave, thank you again for having me, looking forward to seeing you at a convention! I’m buying the first round, brother.
The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong from Action Lab hits comic book stores March 28!