Greg Rucka doesn't seem like somebody who needs help making his dreams come true. This is, after all, a man who wrote Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman comics all at the same time. He’s also managed to craft incredibly tense dramas in creator-owned series like Queen & Country, Whiteout and Stumptown. But the best-selling novelist still has other things he wants to do, like write a work set in one of BioWare’s video game universes. And, as he recently told me, over e-mail, he wants it bad: “I’d cut a throat to get into the Mass Effect and Dragon Age universes, frankly.”
Granted, he’s going to be a bit busy for a while. The Portland-dwelling writer is associated with not one, but two, Kickstarter campaigns. The first is for a print collection of Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, a webcomic that Rucka and artist Rick Burchett started nearly two years ago. The other crowdfunding initiative aims to power the development of point-and-click adventure game AR-K, which Rucka is contributing writing to. (Ash Sroka, who voiced Tali in the Mass Effect games, plays the role of lead character Alicia.)
In the interview below, Rucka answers my questions about how AR-K will be a game design education for him, the game he most infuriated him and breaking away from bigger comics publishers and charting his own destiny.