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FCBD22 Interview: 10 Ton Genie in a Bottle

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First up is the modern-day Gumby and Pokey featuring "Charlie and Humphrey"! The duo are crazy busy at the Bits and Pieces thrift shop. Needing to hire some help immediately - enter Gonzo the service clown! Will things ever be the same for retail service! Next up. What is the world has been ruled by a genie that had been let free from his bottle? Find out as a young man and his friends go on a journey to seal the Genie back into its bottle and restore the world back to normal.

We caught up with series creator Stefan Jackson to learn more about what inspired their extraordinary characters, what to expect next in the series, AND to rifle through some really fun rapid fire questions! 

Check out the full interview below and be sure to head to your local comic shop on Saturday, May 7 to celebrate FCBD in all it’s glory! To find a participating comic shop near you, use our FCBD Store Locator. 


Free Comic Book Day (FCBD): Set up your title for those that might be new to your comic book: What will new readers need to know before diving into your Free Comic Book Day issue? 

Stefan Jackson This short tale is called, Discovery and Release. It is a simple detail on how the Genie arrived on Earth. It is a prologue for the two book, graphic novel titled: The Bottle.

FCBD: What are some of the core themes present in your book? What do you hope readers take away from your title?

Stefan: Have you heard the expression, “well, it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle?”. It’s a reference to chaos. I want the reader to know chaos can be controlled.

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FCBD: What part of the book was most fun to write/draw?

Stefan: Have you heard the expression, “well, it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle?”. It’s a reference to chaos. I want the reader to know chaos can be controlled.

FCBD: Can you share some of the inspiration behind certain characters, settings, etc.?

Stefan: The feel of the apocalyptic 1981 Road Warrior with the sensibilities of the Looney Tunes.

FCBD: If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

Stefan: By all accounts, you really should have died!

FCBD: Looking to the future, is there anything you can tease about what’s coming up for the title and its characters?

Stefan: As the saying goes, Happiness for one…. Is Hell for another.

FCBD: Let’s pivot a little bit here to talk about your personal experience with comics. Many newcomers will pick up comics for the first time on FCBD – what was the first comic you remember reading?

Stefan: Batman# 251. 1973. I was 11 years old. I still have the issue.

FCBD: What is your favorite part about working in the comic book industry?

Stefan:The Points of View. The stories. The art

FCBD: Tell us why everyone should read comic books!

Stefan: The Points of View!  The stories! The art!

FCBD: Now, we have a series of rapid-fire questions for you! They’re, ya know, mostly related to comics... Answer as quickly as you can and try not to over think it!


Do you listen to music while you’re creating?



What’s your favorite comic book genre?

Stefan: Fantasy


Are you more productive in the morning or at night?

Stefan: Morning 

Do you think you could survive in a zombie apocalypse?

Stefan: Yes


Would you rather be invisible or have the ability to fly?

Stefan: Invisible 

If you were a comic book character, would you rather be the hero or the villain?

Stefan: Hero


What’s your favorite comic book or graphic novel?

Stefan: Master of Kung-Fu.





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