Dylan Sprouse will soon be able to share his new passion project with his fans.
The 27-year-old actor chatted with ET’s Leanne Aguilera about his new comic, Sun eater, a partnership with Heavy Metal Magazine and DIGA Studios, scheduled for release in July. Sprouse has been working on the nine-issue saga for half a decade, and it’s a story that’s very personal to him.
âI started writing this five years ago because I was sort of in a mental state where I felt I needed to pull out some kind of story of myself to better understand the script that was happening, âSprouse explained. “So I started to write something that I knew I liked, which was kind of fantastic.”
Set in ninth century Norway, Sun eater follows a drugged warrior who sacrifices his leg to the gods. In return, he is fused with a parasitic beast, which gives him the power to save his son from his sworn enemies – the first Norwegian king in history and his five personal guards. The result is a dark, bloody adventure – a dark metaphor for drug addiction, selfishness, and the children it affects. It is illustrated by Diego Yapur.
The project, Sprouse said, allowed him to open up to his fans like never before. While he explained that he usually doesn’t talk about his family, the main character, Kveldulf, is written for and based on his mother, Melanie Wright.
âMy own mother influences the main character, basically one-for-one in a number of ways,â Sprouse explained. “His interactions with other characters, his compulsions, his ability or inability to navigate the world around him are really all informed by my real life events that I have encountered with my own mother.”
Although Sprouse did not give details of his family life, he said that after posting a video on his Instagram in which he shared that it was based on his family life growing up, “I had lots of comments. “
âNot only those who are in care, but also people who are in similar situations and who grow up in similar households,â he said. “And I found that really, really nice. What I hope Sun eater in general, it’s not only an interesting and entertaining story for people who enjoy this genre, but also it’s a bit of an uplifting tale, and it sympathizes with people who have been brought up in situations similar, and that it creates a dialogue between us all. “
Since working there for years, Sprouse has shared Sun eater with his twin brother, Cole, as well as his father, Matthew, but admitted that he had not shown it to his mother. Sprouse noted that he often reads with Cole and showed him and his father works of art.
âWe did readings from Sun eater over the years, and as I have continued to collect artwork and formulated it a bit more, most of the time these conversations we have on this topic are what fuels the next ‘episode’ or problem that I wrote down, “he shared.” So that’s been a lot of discussion and a lot of refinement. “
Meanwhile, Sprouse says that Sun eater is “a very dark and bloody story, and a bit sexual too. Given the nature of [publisher] Heavy Metal, which is kind of a perfect union in that way, [it’s] is a dark metaphor for drug addiction, and also how these things are passed on to your children. “
“I quickly realized that while writing it, this story was only partly mine,” he said. “That I was writing this, not in terms of what I think this interaction was, but really what I hoped this interaction might have been, and how I hoped the main character Kveldulf might have been. to be, or had the same amount of dexterity and followed their ideals that my mother did not have. “
“It’s been tough, yes. But it’s very cathartic,” the former Disney Channel star added of her comic book writing experience. âAnd the only thing I hope when people read thisâ¦ is that they read it for what it is, which is a personal story that hopefully extends a bit more than that. they get something out of it. And if they don’t, that’s okay because I think I still managed to get it out and grow out of the story. was less difficult and more rewarding. “
To know more Sun eater, watch the video above. Sun eater is available for pre-order now via https://shop.heavymetal.com/collections/suneater, with the first issue starting to ship July 17. The series will also be available in select comic book stores starting August 7.
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