Mike Baron talks about THE THIN BLUE LINE

Two-time Eisner-award winning writer Mike Baron, best known for his work on The Punisher, tells a story ripped from today’s headlines that humanize two unsung, villainized police officers, in Thin Blue Line. Mike was nice enough to stop by First Comics News and let our readers know all about this project.

First Comics News: What made you decide that your next project should be a cop drama after doing superheroes and sci-fi?

Mike Baron: I always say I don’t choose my subjects, my subjects choose me. As with Florida Man, last summer’s riots were unavoidable on social media. The narrative being shoved down our throats by the left, “defund the police,” is a call for suicide. Civilization cannot exist without laws. You’re either for the rule of law or you’re not. I know police. Most of them are dedicated, public servants. I don’t understand how any rational person can call for the abolition of police. All you have to do is look at the crime stats in any big blue city to see the results. And they ain’t pretty. I have always ripped stories from the headlines. In Punisher. In Nexus. This is the stuff of good drama. I felt I could write a compelling, entertaining story around it. And I did.

1st: Who is Valeria Baca?

Mike: Single mom who wanted to be a cop her whole life. Her great grandfather was Elfego Baca, the legendary lawman. Disney made a series about him. Many police make that decision early in life for the same reason some people go into charity or medicine. They want to be a positive force in their communities.

1st: As a cop and a single mother, who is watching the kids at home?

Mike: Her sister Lucia. Sometimes her mom, although her mom isn’t in this book.

1st: Who is Bob Mack?

Mike: Bob is Valeria’s partner.

1st: What is Bob & Valeria working relation like?

Mike: Mutual respect and friends.

1st: What is the nature of the police shooting in this story?

Mike: The police shooting remains off camera. We don’t know the details of the shooting. Neither do the rioters. It may be justified. It may not.

1st: How did Bob & Valeria get assigned to the Mayor’s detail?

Mike: Good records. Nothing but the best for the mayor!

1st: What causes the city to erupt?

Mike: The police shooting.

1st: How does this affect the mayor?

Mike: Poor mayor doesn’t know whether to shit or go blind. Like many soulless politicians, he went into politics to get rich and enjoy perks unavailable to the hoi polloi. He never thought he’d be put on the spot like this, with a portion of his constituency screaming for blood. Fancies himself a progressive.

1st: Does the mayor appreciate the efforts of Bob & Valeria to keep him safe?

Mike: He sure does.

1st: Why is Joe Arnold the right artist for this project?

Mike: I’ve known Joe for many years. He was among a small group of comic creators I regularly hosted at my house. Gabe Eltaeb was another. Joe was always drawing.

1st: Did you pick Joe Arnold because he is a police officer?

Mike: Partly.

1st: You had a lot of experience with street-level stories in the Punisher, how does a Punisher story compare to the Thin Blue Line?

Mike: Thin Blue Line is realistic in a way the Punisher could never be. This is a story that could happen.

1st: Why crowdfund instead of seeking an established publisher?

Mike: We approached numerous publishers with this project. None would touch it.

1st: How much of the comic is already completed?

Mike: The book is completely penciled and inked, and is being colored and lettered.

1st: What rewards do you have planned?

Mike: Chris is in charge of that, but at certain levels, we’re offering a commemorative coin, postcards, and an opportunity to be drawn into the book. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thin-blue-line-the-graphic-novel-by-mike-baron#/

Officer Assist for $100 is our featured, best – backers get

    • 2 Physical Books
    • Digital Copy
    • A Ride-Along Coin
    • Autographs from the creative team
    • Assistance Donation w/ a Certificate of Assistance

Autograph Bundle for $50 – backers get

    • 2 Physical Books
    • Digital Copy

Original Art page tier

    • One page of original art right out of the book
    • 1 Physical Book
    • Digital Copy
    • Certificate of assistance of law enforcement programs

Mugshot Package – backers get

    • You will appear in the book somewhere
    • Physical Book
    • Digital Copy
    • The autographs of the creative team
    • A print size 11×17 of the page you appear on
    • Ride-Along Coin
    • Certificate of assistance

Retailer Bundle – backers get

    • Your store name appears in the book’s “Precinct List”
    • 5 copies of the Physical Book

1st: What is the minimum pledge for a digital copy?

Mike: It’s ten bucks, but six if you back the physical copy.

1st: What is the minimum pledge for a print copy?

Mike: Twenty-five.

1st: You can pledge for the Thin Blue Line at indiegogo.com

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