Indie Edge: Amy Chu

 

Please tell us a bit about yourself!

I got my start in comics by self-publishing. My friend Georgia Lee and I saw that there just wasn't a whole lot of female-friendly comics back in 2011, so we founded our own imprint, Alpha Girl Comics. I started writing short stories that became an anthology, Girls Night Out, and that led to writing short stories for Vertigo and the annual for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which then led to some Wonder Woman and Deadpool short stories, and then Poison Ivy, KISS and Red Sonja. Georgia went on to write The Expanse for the Syfy channel so I think we did all right!

What are your favorite projects you’ve contributed to over the past decade?

I did an adaption of the Buddhist classic origin story of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion, for the Baltimore Museum of Art with my friend Craig Yeung. Laura Martin colored it, and I think it's probably the most beautiful story I've ever worked on. Also, Wonder Woman with Bernard Chang. Who doesn't want to do a Wonder Woman story?!

What are you currently working on?

I'm really enjoying writing classic characters. I love that Dynamite is giving me a chance to write Green Hornet (from the '30s radio show) as you know, and the 100-year-old Edgar Rice Burroughs' Dejah Thoris. Of course, I'm doing more modern adaptations of the classic stories — I'm bringing Green Hornet to the present, but hopefully with a bit of vintage feel, kind of like James Bond if you will. Dejah Thoris is a prequel to the classic Princess of Mars. And I'm still plotting Red Sonja, but co-writing it with Erik Burnham.

What fun titles are you reading?

I don't know if I would characterize them as “fun”! I like stuff that gives me the feels, and that inspire me as a writer. There's so much good stuff out right now, like Motor Girl Vol. 1: Real Life by Terry Moore. I'll read anything and everything by Terry Moore, actually! Crosswind Vol. 1 by Cat Staggs and Gail Simone is really THAT good. And Kaijumax Vol. 1 by Zander Cannon from Oni Press. I know I need to read more. I've got a huge pile by my bed that I need to get through!

EDGE ESSENTIALS

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The Walking Dead: Here's Negan The Walking Dead: Here's Negan
Image Comics
Since his debut, the charismatic psychopath has antagonized Rick Grimes, murdered his friend with a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire (which he calls "Lucille"), and led the Saviors into war against Alexandria and the neighboring communities. But who was he before society broke down? >>
Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting
Green Ronin Publishing
Until now, the wondrous and dangerous lands of Tal'Dorei have been the sole stomping grounds of the show's adventuring company, Vox Machina. But now, you can explore these realms in a tome from the pen of Game Master Matt Mercer himself! >>
The Walking Dead Volume 28 The Walking Dead Volume 28
Image Comics
In the aftermath of The Whisperer War--ALL IS LOST as Rick and all of Alexandria fight for survival against the largest horde of walkers they’ve ever faced. >>
Saga Volume 8 Saga Volume 8
Image Comics
After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe. >>
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Alien Archive Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Alien Archive
Paizo
Battle or befriend more than 80 bizarre life forms in this creature collection for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! Every new world and space station comes with its own dangers, from strange new cultures to robotic killing machines to alien predators ready to devour unwary spacefarers. >>
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
Image Comics
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power. >>
Bloodborne Official Artworks Bloodborne Official Artworks
Udon Entertainment
In the terrifying video game Bloodborne, deranged mobs and nightmarish creatures lurk around every corner of a horror-filled gothic city. Bloodborne: Official Artworks collects the hair-raising artwork behind this modern action role-playing classic.  >>
Disney Manga: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Softcover Edition) Disney Manga: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Softcover Edition)
Tokyopop
Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, the ruler of Halloween Town and master of all things creepy and spooky. But he's tired of his life in the shadows and longs for something new.  >>
Undisputed Street Fighter Deluxe Edition: A 30th Anniversary Undisputed Street Fighter Deluxe Edition: A 30th Anniversary
Dynamite Entertainment
Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter™ video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. Undisputed Street Fighter™ features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games. >>
Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales Slipcase Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales Slipcase
Penguin Group (UK)
Read legendary stories of monsters and heroes from across the Whoniverse, in this beautifully illustrated collection of dark and dangerous Time Lord fairy tales. Now including a brand new story for 2016, 'The Emporer Dalek's New Clothes', this slipcase is the perfect keepsake for any true Doctor Who fan. >>