Paste: Let’s get the easiest question out of the way: why a comic book series instead of a follow-up novel?
Palahniuk: If I wrote a novel, it would be compared straight across to the original novel, and it would suffer because of that. If the sequel were a movie, it would be compared to David Fincher’s movie. Can you imagine trying to compare it to Fincher’s movie? But as a graphic novel, it has the greatest chance of being its own thing in the world and not being judged in comparison to another thing. It seemed like a really smart way to do it.
Palahniuk: I put too much motion into what I was depicting in each panel. They had to really explain to me that motion isn’t effectively portrayed in comics. I had to be much more judicious with beginning and ending tasks — motions and gestures in the panels. And they also taught me about structure, in that the reveal or the setup has to happen just before the page turn, that people skim entire two pages at a time and if something compelling occurs in the wrong place, it completely robs all the other panels of the attention.
Paste: In terms of production, where are you in the series now?
Palahniuk: My job’s almost done. All 10 scripts are done. The ending is going to piss off a lot of people. It’s really a coup. When I suggested it at our last creative meeting, there was total silence; people were shocked that I would suggest something like that. And they said if I was up for writing it, they would depict it.