Ever since members of the Strangers in Paradise cast appeared in Echo, Terry Moore's comics have been established as taking place in the same, shared "Terryverse" -- and that, of course, brings with it the potential for a crossover event. Moore says he says he absolutely intends to make such a story a reality -- and probably soon.
Strangers in Paradise, widely regarded as Moore's masterpiece, will return in 2018 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series' original publication. After that, he told a panel at Comic Con last week, Rachel Rising will return with a new #1 and start to resolve some of the plot threads the supernatural series left dangling when it ended last year to make way for Motor Girl.
After the panel, ComicBook.com caught up with Moore to ask whether he was interested in a multi-title crossover, and before the question was even finished, he rushed out a "yes."
"I feel like I've earned that," Moore elaborated. "It's like you've set up all your dominoes and so you're the one who's earned the right to push them, and I've set up all this inter-networking of characters and the day I can draw them all in one scene is going to be a delight."
Strangers in Paradise, which ran from 1993 until 2007, was Moore's entree in the world of comic books after a career in advertising, music, and animation. It centered on three friends (Katchoo, David, and Francine) who had a complex relationship -- and two of whom had dangerous, intersecting pasts.
Each of Moore's three other series since Strangers concluded has included members of the Strangers supporting cast in one role or another: Echo used Tambi Baker and Casey Femur, while introducing a mysterious box that would recur in Rachel Rising -- a comic that featured the short-lived SiP supporting character Jet, as well as a previously-unnamed lesbian couple who had bought one of Katchoo's paintings at the gallery where Jet had worked. A minor supporting character in Motor Girl is actually Francine Peters's aunt.
Asked whether the story that would finally bring the cast together could be his thirtieth-anniversary plan, Moore answered, "I can't wait that long," implying that whatever he has up his sleeve, we will probably see it sooner than later.
He also hinted that he has toyed with the idea of having Motor Girl's final issue lead directly into the return of Strangers in Paradise by having Katchoo and Francine's story begin on its last page.
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