Beyond Ink and Paint: A glimpse into the mind of Adam Troy Castro

Atomic Crush Events’ (ACE) Comic Con Revolution West Palm Beach (CCR WPB) is less than 2 weeks away! The 1-day event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 24, 2018 opens at 10 am.

With that, Palm Beach Happening is pleased to give you a peek into the creative forces that will be taking to the convention center floor. The first of these amazing creators is Adam Troy Castro.

How did you get started in the comic book industry? This question doesn’t really apply to me. I’m something else, a prose novelist whose work has occasionally intersected the world of comic book superheroes.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do?  I write science fiction, fantasy, horror, and middle-grade novels. My 26 books to date include three about a far-future murder investigator, Andrea Cort, and six for kids about the adventures of a very strange young boy named Gustav Gloom. I did a few tie-in novels about Spider-Man.

What is your favorite part about being an artist? Having household cats for co-workers, which means that I don’t have to deal with one of those people who steal my lunch from the fridge.

How do you get your inspiration? Ideas are a dime a dozen. Honestly, they’re floating all around us, piling up in corners. It is impossible to have a quiet moment without one coming to mind. Actual stories are thinner on the ground.

Gustav Fiers aka The Gentleman

Comic book inspired movies are all the rage nowadays. Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? Strictly speaking, this has already happened. A character I created, a villainous old gent Gustav Fiers, showed up in Mark Webb’s two AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies, where he was being built up to become the grand mastermind of a conspiracy that would drive the third film in the series. That incarnation of Spider-Man lasted only two movies, and so I actually do have a character, Fiers, who showed up for a grand total of two minutes, only two minutes, on a big-budget major motion picture, so elliptically presented that even most people who’ve seen the movies don’t remember seeing him. The character of I actually do wish would make it to the movies is my children’s character, Gustav Gloom. That these two are both named Gustav is no more than a coincidence.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? My cats again: an overseas newspaper dissecting a line in my bio which mentioned them.

If you could be in charge of one of the big comic book publishers for one day, what would you change? I think little of import could be done in one day (“Draw faster,” maybe), but if allowed to stick around long enough to effect more significant changes, the first thing I would do at the big superhero publishers would be a temporary halt in all crossovers, so that the storylines were comprehensible to casual readers. I would try to reverse what I call “atrocity inflation,” the villains committing acts of ever-increasing murderousness in a vain attempt among storytellers to top what came before, to diminishing effect. (In particular, guys, I would say that we need a break from the Joker, for at least five years.)

Are you enjoying your time in South Florida? Since I live half an hour from the convention venue, I suppose so.

What is your next big project?  I have just completed a novel, BEHEMOTH, which is currently making the rounds. And I have another one about to begin. The online magazines LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE and the print magazine ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION all have multiple stories of mine, in the publication pipeline.


Comic Con Revolution guests scheduled to appear include: Chris Bachalo (Dr. Strange, X-Men, Generation X, Death), Patrick Broderick (Captain Atom, Green Lantern), Adam Troy Castro (Spiderman, The Sinister 6 Trilogy), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, Wolverine) Sandy King Carpenter (Film Producer & Comic Writer), Jeff Dekal (Marvel Cover Artist), Joe Eisma (Archie), Carlos Ferro (Gears of War 1-4), Travis Hanson (Life of the Party), Paul Jenkins (Peter Parker: Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), Kevin Joseph (Tart), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men, Birds of Prey), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves), Ron Marz (Green Lantern), Walter Ostlic (Cubicles), Peter Rawlik (Reanimators), Mike Spicer (Sons of Anarchy, Horizon), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Frank Tieri (Weapon X, Iron Man), Billy Tucci (Sgt Rock: The Last Battalion), Tommy Walker (Daredevil) and hosting our Cosplay Revolution Costume Contest is Ming Chen (AMC’s Comic Book Men).


“Something for everyone is the name of the game when it comes to programming. We want every attendee to have a panel they will enjoy and learn from,” said ACE Co-Owner and Founder Mike Scigliano.

Be sure to be part of the excitement by ordering your tickets to Comic Con Revolution and save as ticket prices will be higher at the door. Kids 12 & under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Adult tickets are $25 for the day and Teen tickets (13-17) are $15.


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