Interview: Daniel Corey

Published on May 6th, 2011

Moriarty is a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, but taken from the side of the man we know as the enemy – Professor James Moriarty. From reading it, I can tell you that the mystery is paired with a healthy dose of action, and it is all brought together by artist Anthony Diecidue’s beautiful world through the eyes of Professor Moriarty. While this interview was originally posted on thegirlynerd, I have to say that talking to Daniel Corey was an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to his future work. I thank him so much for taking time to talk to me. I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed talking to him.


SUSAN: What are your favorite stories?

DANIEL COREY: Haha! To read? To tell?

SUSAN: All of the above? What do you love? Books, comics, movies… whatever. What inspires you?

DC: Ha, okay. I love noir. Classic crime. American crime. Those stories are definitely an inspiration for me. I like the private detective character. They are a different type of expressing morality.

SUSAN: I should ask the obvious question, have you always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and his world?

DC: Yes! I started watching the old Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone. He is the definitive version of the character. He holds the Sherlock candle, so to speak. My first was “The Red Headed League” and I was hooked. I’ve enjoyed other versions of the character as well. Jeremy Brett was inspiring in his interpretation of the character. Of course, Peter Cushing in The Hounds of Baskervilles was great.

SUSAN: And the new BBC version Sherlock?

DC: Sure, I liked that, too. It was a very different take, especially on Moriarty. He was kind of a psychopath.

SUSAN: Who is your Moriarty?

DC: Moriarty is a character with his own sense of justice. He does not think of himself as evil or bad or anything like that. He wants order in his own universe. I think that’s very identifiable. We all want our lives and our universes in order. He does not think of bad as evil, necessarily. He just wants to survive.

SUSAN: That makes a lot of sense! Tell me, do you normally find yourself siding more with the villains in comics or stories? Or at least to you tend to see things from their point of view?

DC: I used to watch the old Super Friends cartoons, and I went with it. I like going on the same journey that the heroes go on. It’s like Disneyland – as a kid, you just want to live in the ride, you know? And sometimes, I wanted to see the villain win just to shake things up! The good guy always winning is so tedious and formulaic. Then I realized that I just wanted to see horrible things happen to the heroes. I wanted them in the worst possible situation, because then I’d see that they weren’t all that different from us. When it came down to it, they’d have to make the same decisions that we do. Morality is reality and, at the end of the day, we all want to see good triumph over evil. Villains have the toughest job in that struggle. Villains bring out the “us” in the hero.

SUSAN: Wow. I really like that. How do you write Moriarty? As in, do you have anything advanced in your head?

DC: I write in story arcs. I have at least four or five – maybe even six – story arcs in my head already. The first one is already done. I had to be well into it before I even got the go ahead. That’s about four issues. I’m well into writing the second arc, and the third and fourth I know, but they aren’t as detailed.


SUSAN: Again, wow. You have your process down!

DC: Well, I’ve been writing for ten years. I started in theater, and that was so rewarding. I mean, you really get into the process and can see an end result. I moved into screenplays, but I never thought that comics would be such a natural fit for me. It’s amazing how well this has worked for me. I self published a little three issue trade called Prophet with the same artist (Anthony Diecidue). I am so glad I had that experience. This is my first ongoing, so I am more than ready for it. I’ve had my time to prepare.

SUSAN: That’s right! And what advice do you have for all the aspiring comic writers out there?

DC: Make something. Just do it. Hook up with an artist and get pages. Make sure you have a cover and start submitting it to the publishers. Convey your idea clearly, and do not give up. This is a marathon, never a sprint. Make something and get ready for the marathon.

I will conclude by giving you all a trailer for Moriarty sent to me by Daniel Corey himself. Again, I send all my thanks to him for being so awesome in this process. Pick up his book, because he is fantastically talented!

Moriarty will be available on May 11th from Image Comics. For more information on Moriarty and Daniel Corey, visit his website

Susan Damon