Haven't seen this posted yet (please delete if I'm mistaken), but a convention website has a new interview with Roberts where he discusses both series in depth: Revealing Greatness With James Roberts A few excerpts below... On his writing process: "I spend a lot of time mapping out the story arcs, and then I obsess over the structure of each issue, making sure the scenes are properly balanced and the pacing feels right. The first few drafts of the script are usually in longhand – I have a tower of notebooks full of my barely legible handwriting. I refine the dialog when typing everything up, and then edit it all again by hand – by which I mean I take a red pen to the printout. That’s the best bit; it means I’m nearly done." On Milne & Lawrence: "I can’t overstate the extent to which Alex’s lines defined the ‘feel’ of MTMTE – his contribution to the way the book read was massive. Jack is also supremely talented, and he’s already given Lost Light a visual language that’s all its own." On Anode and new female characters: "It was always my intention, as MTMTE wound on, to introduce new female characters — and in so doing address a longstanding imbalance — and the plan was for Anode to show up in Season 3 of MTMTE. That became Season 1 of Lost Light. And as I say, the circumstances of her arrival altered a little, too – she was going to cross paths with the crew of the Lost Light under the mutineer Getaway’s command, as opposed to being rescued by the time-traveling Necrobot. I was in a bit of a bind when MTMTE ended, because it ended on the mother of all cliffhangers… I had an obligation with Lost Light to pick up where I’d left off, but it was far from a neat jumping on point for new readers. Anode, being a totally new character – and someone who was unfamiliar with our regulars and their backstory – was my way of re-introducing all the series’ key concepts without it being too clunky. But Anode was and is more than just a means to an end. I wanted a driven, funny, independent, ebullient, cheeky new character, with a unique set of skills." On upcoming arcs and the future of the series (under spoiler tags just to be safe): Spoiler "After the Dissolution arc we’re following a smaller group of characters to a place we’ve mentioned more than once but never actually visited. After that, we catch up with Getaway and his fellow mutineers – the titular Lost Light finally makes an appearance. Then we’re into Year 2, and I won’t say anything about what’s going to happen then. But I will say that Lost Light is going to be revisiting and resolving more and more MTMTE-era mysteries. I like posing questions, but I like giving answers, too. And as will become apparent as the series continues, there’s something on the horizon, getting gradually closer – and that’s the grand finale itself."