Les McClaine Interview

Les McClaine's Highway 13, published by Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics, was getting some very positive buzz at this past summer's conventions. Worlds of Westfield Content Editor Roger Ash recently contacted McClaine to learn what the buzz is about.

Westfield: Have you done other comics work prior to Highway 13 or is this your first book? What other work, comics or otherwise, have you done in the past?

Les McClaine: Highway 13Les McClaine: Highway 13 is my first book. Before this I was in college at the Savannah College of Art and Design, studying Sequential Art. I landed this gig pretty quick after graduation. Aside from Highway 13, I've done a couple illustration jobs, like character design for www.playcycle.com, and a little bit of web design.

Westfield: For those who are unfamiliar with Highway 13, how would you describe the book?

McClaine: It's a comic that's got action, adventure, jokes, and fun. It's an updated Scooby-Doo without the unmasking at the end. It's enjoyable for adults without being inaccessible to kids. It's the kind of book I like to read.

Westfield: Who are the main characters people will encounter in the book?

McClaine: The primary characters are Rick and Garth, a boy and his werewolf seeking adventure on the open road. They are guided by a battered old copy of Killington's Road Guide to the Unnatural, a road atlas featuring plenty of information on all of the weird stuff that they always seem to stumble upon. They are menaced on their trip by a mysterious man named Burgess, whose motives are still unclear. I’ve also been doing a series of backup stories delving into the past of Highway 13, featuring Rick's Uncle John, and his assistants, Garth and Lucinda. How the past relates to the present remains, as yet, unseen...

Westfield: Issue #5 begins a new storyline. What can you tell us about that?

McClaine: I thought it was about time to let my readers in on what's going on here. Loose Ends will start to explain how all of these characters got to where they are now, and how they all relate to each other. Many of the secrets of Highway 13 will be revealed. But there's plenty more to come.

Westfield: Do you have any closing comments?

McClaine: I hope everyone will try out my book. I'm having a blast working on it, and I think anyone who reads it will have a great time too.