Interviewed writer J.T. Krul on his new projects with Aspen Comics — the prose novel “The Lost Spark” and new creator-owned comic book series, “Jirni.”

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“Aspen Comics’ ’10 For 10′ initiative sees the release of ten new titles throughout 2013 for the introductory price of $1 each. One of the series involved is the April-releasing ‘Jirni,’ a story of magic and sorcery by ‘Soulfire’ and ‘Fathom’ writer J.T. Krul. Fresh off of his exclusive contract with DC Comics and New 52 runs on ‘Captain Atom’ and ‘Green Arrow,’ Krul’s workload has not diminished as April will also see the release of his first prose novel, ‘The Lost Spark.’ A story over a decade in the making, the novel spins a tale starring a young girl on a magical quest to save her grandfather.

CBR News: J.T., ‘The Lost Spark’ is a prose book you’ve been working on for the last decade. What’s it about and why are you presenting the story in prose rather than a comic?

J.T. Krul: ‘The Lost Spark’ is a fantasy adventure about a teenage girl named Angie who’s reunited with a magical world she all but forgot as she embarks on a journey to save her grandfather. The essential premise of the book is that when we are young, there is one special object or heirloom — be it a toy, piece of clothing, or stuffed animal — that was most precious to us. It was our private talisman or spark. With it, we would imagine doing great things. The problem is once we get older, we forget about that connection. We forget about the magic. Our sparks break, get lost or even given away. We leave that part of our childhood behind and move on with our lives.

What are some unique elements of ‘Jirni’ making it different from other Aspen titles you’ve worked on like ‘Soulfire’ or ‘Fathom?’

Krul: In both ‘Fathom’ and ‘Soulfire,’ the rich mythologies of the worlds play as a backdrop for the story itself, but in ‘Jirni’ the mythology is the story. Within the larger quest, there are adventures and encounters that serve as almost fables for that world. There is a much more classical fantasy feel to the book.”

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