Once upon a time CC Trubiak appeared as a character in a graphic novel. The year: 2012. The graphic novel: Ascension by Ottawa’s very own Mutagenic Studios Interactive.
Mutagenic Studios Interactive was originally formed in 2006 by Timothy Bacon and Paul Green, two talented guys who had worked as writers and creative directors for almost three decades in broadcast media, interactive media and advertising. They optioned numerous screenplays and original television series also served as lead writers at Fuel Industries, an advanced interactive agency (not to mention one of the worlds largest advergame developers) where they developed their skills and creativity.
At the time they formed Mutagenic Studios Interactive, they wanted to explore photography and art that would allow them to go beyond the written word and push the boundaries of their storytelling.Their work had appeared in various publications however they embarked on this vision and continue to do so today with great success. Currently they are in production on a number of original properties for digital, print and film that combine their unique brand of writing, photography and art.
I met Timothy and Paul through mutual friends of ours in Ottawa, where I’d been living and working at the time; these friends had appeared as characters in their graphic novel project Babylon Smith. They recommended we collaborate ourselves and being the curious adventurer I am I thought it would be an interesting creative experience. I was also craving opportunities to collaborate with folks who think outside the box and these guys certainly fit the bill.
We set up time for me to come over to the studio and shoot – they’d communicated to me that they wanted someone to play the main character of Ascension, a “dystopian tale of horror and revenge”. That was all I needed to know – the rest I figured I would learn as I went along! My recollection of the shoot itself makes me smile – the studio’s wall-to-wall art impressed me a lot. As a kid who grew up loving comics (both Marvel and Archie) and horror movies (Friday the 13th, Alien, Carrie etc) as well as making up my own drawings/comics I was couldn’t help but marvel (there’s that word again!) at their talent, creativity and their tenacity. Their photography impressed me with its grit, colour; a bit provocative and certainly striking. I took notice of all the characters and the models representing these creations – each person was unique and I couldn’t help but want to be up there on that wall with them. A part of that brilliant world.
The shoot came and went; I completely trusted their vision and eventually Ascension was released to the public. It was the kind of experience I would have been open to exploring even more had I not left Ottawa however, that said I still follow their work and remain in touch with Timothy from time to time. Thank you guys so much for the experience; proud to keep this little memory tucked away in the vaults of my mind. Rock on and keep entertaining and inspiring the world!
Here’s the link to Ascension on the Blog: http://mutagenicinteractive.blogspot.ca/p/comic-ascension.html