Not everyone can work with their siblings, especially when it comes to creative endeavors. Luckily for "Heroes" actress Brea Grant and her brother Zane, a love of sequential art seems to be a family trait, with the two teaming to revision the roaring '20s via the undead in their upcoming IDW Publishing series "We Will Bury You."
Featuring interior art by Kyle Strahm and covers by Ben Templesmith ("30 Days of Night"), the first issue isn't slated to arrive in stores until early 2010, meaning that between a comic release, Brea's recent "Halloween II" role and the Sept. 21 premiere of "Heroes" Season Four, it's not a bad time to be a Grant sibling.
Of course, according to Brea Grant, it's never been a bad time to team up with her brother.
"Zane and I have been working together on music or other creative endeavors for a long time," Grant told MTV News. "Growing up in a small town, we got really close because we didn’t know that many people who were into the music and books we were into. So, it’s logical to me that we would work together. We have a similar sense of the world, sense of humor and work ethic, so it just really works out. Plus, I can say to him things that I’m not sure I could say to another collaborator."
"I think our creative strengths and weaknesses compliment each other in beneficial ways," said Zane, echoing his sister's sentiment. "Since a lot of comics are made through collaborative processes between writer and artist teams, I don't think having two writers on a collective project is problematic if everyone respects one another's contributions."
As for the comic's less-than conventional horror time period, the Grant siblings seem stoked to explore an underused time period, and not just for the sake of historical novelty.
"We wanted to include worldviews of the time, slang and even jobs that you might not hear about in a normal history class. We both have a lot of liberal arts schooling, which is only peripherally useful in the real world," said Brea. "We wanted to use something we knew about that we don’t get to talk about very much—say, at the grocery store or even in our day-to-day jobs."
"It may sound lame, but there’s no reason you can’t learn while reading a comic. I’ve learned a lot about history from reading historical novels," she added.
IDW has offered Splash Page readers the following exclusive look at three unlettered pages from "We Will Bury You," featuring the art of Kyle Strahm.