Taking Aim: An Interview with Justin Richards, Writer of FINGER GUNS

Hitting shelves in February 2020, Finger Guns is the tale of two teens who find that they have the power to influence others’ emotions by, well, firing their own finger guns at them. How they got these powers? Why is it just the two of them? That’s a mystery we might discover at some point in the series.

Finger Guns comes to us from Justin Richards, Val Halvorson, Rebecca Nalty, Taylor Esposito, and Vault comics, with Adrian F. Wassel editing and Tim Daniel on design. Today, we’ll be interviewing Justin about the new series, working with breakout artist, Val Halvorson, and what he’d do if he could influence people’s emotions with his own finger guns.

COMIC BOOK YETI: Justin! Thanks so much for joining us and letting us ask you some questions.

Let’s dive right in: Our protagonists, Wes and Sadie, are both 13. Is this a YA comic? Why choose teens, especially on the younger end of the teenage spectrum, as our central characters?

JUSTIN RICHARDS: Thanks for having me! I'm excited to chat. I love your work on this site!

Thank you for asking a question that lets me say: This is NOT a YA comic. These kids are going through some things that are not very kid-friendly. I think there will become a certain age at which this book could be good for older kids to read, but not necessarily the age that these kids are at. It would probably be better for a 15-16-year-old at the earliest.

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