Interview with Doc Pastor
Doc Pastor is specialized in cultural and disclosure of comics, he has worked in a lot of publications during his career. This is the interview Doc Pastor has offered us as a result of the presentation of his book "The sixties are timeless" published by Editorial Dolmen.
- A person who has collaborated and worked with such diverse press and other media, at what point in your life and what circumstances make you write a book?
At age 24 I decided to write a book, but of course I did not. Later, at one time, I got the idea that I could write a book on some of my favorite series. I had a lot of books about films and series, but nothing close to what I was looking for, so I decided to do it myself.
- Before delving into your work, I’d like you to make us an assessment of the current series in our country.
Here are good things, we had Lex some years ago, which was amazing, and Águila Roja; I love the first season. The problem here is that it always tries to capture all the public. And when you intend to do a series like from a 5 year old child to a 80 year-old person at a time when anyone can surf the internet and see the series we want to, that is where the problem is.
Besides, in Spain they have never cared about the series or the public. I remember when The X-Files was on, it was very little respected due to the changes of equipment, schedule, reduction of budget, among other things.
In short, series are very good, but could be better.
- Do you think more niche series should be made?
I think they should do everything. For example, The Big Bang Theory is a niche series, cultured, full of references to the culture of comics, movies, the 80’s series, and it has interestingly triumphed and it is seen worldwide, and it is a niche. On the other hand, How I Met Your Mother is a general series and has been so successful, so they should do a bit of everything.
- Don’t you think that we are being oversupplied with series? Because we have been recently flooded: "Con el culo al aire", "El tiempo entre costuras", "Isabel" and many others.
While the product is just right, there is never an excess. ”El tiempo entre costuras”, for example, I'm not a fan but it is very well made, the production is flawless, from beginning to end. In “Velvet” e.g. costumes and lighting are also very well kept. You can like it or not, it depends on everyone.
What happens is that in Spain they have begun to realize that there is so much competition and so many things. Here we are reaching a point that it is being understood that if you want to have a good public, you have to create a focused series and take care about it.
- Do you think we need more science fiction series?
Same again; we need good series, not gender. If the product is well made, a series that is entertaining, which is original but repeats a cliché, but if you get hooked, it doesn’t matter the genre. In fact there are many series that combine genres. One of the series that I talk about in the book is The Avengers, which is classified as a spy series, but it could also belong to another category.
- What do you want to convey with your book "The sixties are timeless”?
That series from the 60’s were very much liked, the whole book is quite readable and it is made to be accessible to the public. What I want is people to watch the series after reading the book.
- According to your book, the starting points of this change in the world of the series are three: "The Avengers", "Doctor Who" and "The Prisoner"; what makes English people so special in this sense? Guess it is that they are English, no other explanation. Recently, I've been to London and you can realize: their culture, the way they think and the way they are, is very similar to many other places but totally different at the same time. The British have always known how to laugh at themselves and to be very critical, they have no problem with that.
- What have you discovered about the major works?
The book is very well documented. I have found out some of those stories you have ever heard and then you find out there’s even more. And also that some series like Doctor Who are still on, and other that have not been continued but have become another product: for example, Get Smart became a film and another series was made. Don Adams, the protagonist, besides that, was funny and did many other things. In short, you're spinning from one point to another and there are a lot of things, not all are put in the book because there are things that make no sense but you can discover a lot. There are many things to discover yet.
- Also don’t you think that we are being oversupplied in terms of publications in Spain?
If the book is well done it’s fine. You can also edit more than before, it makes it easier. It's simple, if you write a book and the public does not like it they won’t buy it, pity. Supply works like this when you do something wrong. Although there are surprises like Belén Esteban’s book. It was obvious that this woman would sell a lot, but I think they should public other things before.
- What is the price of the book? Do you think it is expensive?
The price is 19.95€, and I do not know the costs of editing, so I cannot tell you. Compared to other books with similar issues it is a standard price. The book series that I have cost more or less the same.
At the moment I’ve been reviewed by some colleagues. The book is quite readable, and accessible to the public. I have a friend whose sister has read my book; she does not like any fantasy series, and now she wants to see the series that I mention in the book. It’s been only a week, we will see in about a month so that press and people can read it. I hope they do not kill me; I've done it with good intentions.
- And finally, what are your plans for this year?
An ebook on female photography "Les Filles de Saisons" which is due out soon. And I'm finishing a book about what I call "periodismozen" about that spirituality and the people of this profession. And also a couple of things that I am still negotiating.
Thanks for the interview. I hope you sell many books.