Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on author Jordan Morris. I am going to let Jordan explain what it is he writes and does in my first question!
Hi, Jordan. Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?
Hello! I’m Jordan Morris, a writer and podcaster living in Los Angeles. I created and co-wrote the new sci-fi comedy graphic novel Bubble and the podcast on which it is based. I’m also the co-host of the comedy chat podcast Jordan Jesse Go!
Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)
The Bubble graphic novel is available wherever you get books (for instance: Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester) and the podcasts are available at MaximumFun.org or via your podcast app of choice.
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
All my info and links to social media can be found at jordanmorris.net
For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from Bubble?
Bubble is a sci-fi comedy featuring monsters, robots, gore, sex jokes and friendship. It’s a satirical story set in a near-future where people live inside protective bubbles that keep them safe from carnivorous aliens. To make ends meet our main characters take part in a kind of life-or-death version of the gig economy. They’re a mis-matched group of friends who don’t always see eye-to-eye but love each other very much.
We wanted to create a funny sci-fi story where the humor came from the characters, not from lampooning sci-fi itself. We LOVE Spaceballs but our story is closer to something like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Guardians of the Galaxy.
What character did you love or hate the most while writing? And why?
Our chill-dude-bro character Van has always been simultaneously fun and frustrating. He’s a hyper-confident alpha male who loves yoga and hacky-sacking. In the podcast version of the story he was just kind of a joke-bucket of bro-tropes without much inner life. Sarah Morgan (my co-writer) wanted to use the comic adaptation to explore him a little more. I won’t spoil it but she did a great job creating a backstory for him that explains why he is like he is.
What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?
Getting to create a graphic novel is literally a childhood dream come true. When I was a kid I devoured comics but never felt like they were something I could be a part of making. They seemed like something a magical wizard made! Luckily I got to work with an awesome team on this. Tony Cliff (our artist and adapter) is an amazing pro. I loved his Delilah Dirk series before we got paired up to work on Bubble. Natalie Reiss who did our colors brought so much life and pop to the story. I love this team and I’m so glad they were there to hold my hand through my first comics experience.
Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions, Jordan!