Triple Helix Sorcery
Life to Blythe, (featuring triple helix sorcery).
Good evening cats and kittens, we're back. It's my pleasure to announce that my project through Madius Comics, Corsair, was successfully funded on Kickstarter. For a very short time this week you still have the opportunity to cough up a few bucks for some unique schwag associated with the comic. There's a limited edition set of five prints and some strange things like a haunted coin pin which happens to play into the plotline of the comic's story. If you've got deep pockets there's original art by the team and contributors and even a tier where you can weasel yourself into the next forthcoming installment.
We've had a lot of positive responses from a variety folks. For me, of course, it's been very hands-off because the Kickstarter campaign is coordinated from Leeds, England while I'm busy languishing between the states south of the Mason Dixon. Our colorist Alexa Renée toils from Milan Italy so the sun never sets for Madius Comics.
Corsair is the co-creation of Robin Jones and Nick Gonzo, men with a shared interest in organized mysticism and the influences of magic on the landscapes of England's history. You can listen to Gonzo spill his guts at length on his dalliances with the supernatural via the most recent episode of the ComixCentral Podcast. He talks about the origin of the Madius collective, the genesis of their character Blythe Corsair, and shares his experiences with side-glancing ghosts and haunted houses.
This October when readers get our book dropped into their hands they're going to see (and probably feel) the way that the entire creative team formed a sort of magical helix in conjuring this story. Gonzo wrote the book pulling from a confluence of his European interpretations of magic; structured, classical and ancient. The story of initiant societies, secret handshakes, knowing silent stares. A determinably literate history with instructions for the arcane spelled out like obtuse cookbook recipes on stained brittle paper between heavy leather covers arriving hand-me-down to each subsequent generation with veneers like battered brogues.
I was handed that baton and, starting there, I was allowed to put my own voodoo into the flesh of Blythe Corsair; my native magic being far less literate, far more dirt-beneath-the-fingernails. The strengths of which arriving from isolation and communion with the dark natural world. The consorting with the forgotten but strong. The buried souls of uprooted slaves lying unmarked, interred and inexorably infected from the kiss of their timeless homeland gods who now loom lost, wayward and transient.
Alexa added that final element to the aesthetic of Corsair which turned out to be more than just a quick tempering of colored luster but rather a whole new dimension of storytelling coming by way of the sundown devils of her Texas past. She painted the scenes with such a fresh gloaming burn that it made the sole ink drawings seem dead and anemic in their absence. An artist fascinated by the history of unholy folkloric creatures, Alexa imbued another layer to the magic seal of the book's heart.
Wind it all up together and it's demonic découpage available for mailing straight to your own ghastly haunted house.
It's coming to you in October. But you've gotta order now.
I'm talking to the powerful Argentinian horror artist, Mr. CJ Camba. His current foray into comics is a collaboration with writer Danny Djeljosevic, author of Big Fucking Hammer with whom Camba had formerly worked on New Wave Cthulhu. Their budding project is called Just Another Swamp Song and saddles Djeljosevic's off-beat high school angst with Camba's eerie old school vibe. Camba's illustrations often flare toward a nostalgic 80's verve. Nobody's doing it quite like him. He's a great guy who's had my approval for a long while, and he's got a lot to say about the lure of horror comics over the mainstream in his native Buenos Aires. Thankfully his English is a lot better than my Spanish.
I'm also talking about a horror comic from Source Point Press that completely blew off my doors, Seance Room. New to Comixology this week it is an astounding comics debut from writer Ben Goldsmith and its illustriously painted by Keyla Valerio. Get your hands on this 28 page gem.
I'm talking to a fucking Terminator named Chris Shehan who is a no-nonsense workaholic living in El Paso. Gaze on the quality and quantity of his output and despair. Shehan is stomping relentlessly forward as a living, breathing example of what can be accomplished when you take control of your comic's career and never make excuses.
Also, I'll finally be revealing my new mini-comic collaboration with the infamous experimental comics dynamo Doktor Geraldo. And here's the kicker... I ain't the artist. Turn up for the release announcement next week on the Comix Voodoo Hayride.