My Dream Date with a Villain PLUS Brooklyn Brain Jam

My Dream Date with a Villain
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I’m excited to announce that the very first publication from Heretical Sexts is now available. My Dream Date with a Villain is a collaboration between 14 staggeringly talented artists (including me–always including me) who’ve detailed their imaginary romantic encounters with nefarious characters from fiction and history.

What characters are included, you may ask? Ultra Violent editor Art Ettinger romances Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks. Comedian Kevin Maher is horrified to learn that the Hamburglar is a 9/11 Truther. Christianne Benedict experiences the brutal hand of Doctor Doom. I reveal my ONE TRUE PAIRING with Udo Kier Dracula (it’s not me, in this case).

Click through to the Heretical Sexts Store to read a full list of contents!

In additional IT IS ABOUT ME AND ALSO OTHER EXTREMELY TALENTED PEOPLE I KNOW news, I’m excited to be a part of this Sunday’s Brooklyn Brain Jam. This event pulls together a number of awesome NYC-based events, including Kevin Geeks Out, Big Quiz Thing, Nerd Nite and Story Collider. It’s taking place at the Bell House, which is tripping me out because the last events I attended there were a Death in June show and a taxidermy contest. I hope to uphold this tradition of the bizarre. The organizers have been lovely enough to let me sell copies of My Dream Date with a Villain on-site, so swing by, say hi and get a copy of the zine into your sweaty little hands.

But hey, don’t believe ME that this event’s gonna be awesome–believe me as I’m quoted in the New York Times!  Who knew the Grey Lady was interested in hearing this hag talk about Turkish knock-off movies?

Buy tickets and get details here!

Pariah, Missouri: Comics and the Weird West

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One of the beautiful things about the new channels available for the  distribution for art, writing and film is that they’ve enabled me to pretty much opt out of mainstream entertainment while exposing a vista of creative voices to suit any fancy that might strike me. Psychedelic autobiography? That exists. Epic fantasy romance? Yup–acres of it. Occult Western? Absolutely!

Andres Salazar’s creator-owned comic series “Pariah, Missouri” sates the appetite for the Weird West in a way that evokes “Jonah Hex” and “The Wild, Wild West” (well, the good parts of “The Wild, Wild West” anyway). Bringing together an unlikely group of allies in the characters of a Yankee private eye, a saloon girl, Indian shamans, and a voodoo practitioner, the first book spins a fat-free origin story while simultaneously  creating an engaging adventure. Characters are drawn in broad strokes, relying on reader familiarity with the Western setting to move the story forward and into rapid-fire action.

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Salazar demonstrates a willingness to play with cliches of the Western while maintaining suspense. He pulls off a difficult feat with lead character Hiram Buchanan, a dandy-ish Northern investigator who could easily have become a buffoon or an obnoxious know-it-all. Through his interactions with other characters, he is revealed to be competent enough to face the demonic evil preying on Pariah, though not nearly as sophisticated or wise as he might perceive himself to be. He’s a compelling rogue, which is not always as simple a character to create as one might assume!

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The dynamic pencils by artist Jose Luis Pescador convey motion as well as emotion with a fluid line quality. The character designs are gorgeous, portraying a range of ages, genders, body types and races that reminded me of the cast of a Sergio Leone movie (just think of all the memorable faces in those films!). Salazar deftly employs an organic, wash technique in coloring the art, using similarly-hued palettes to bring clarity to time of day, location and mood in each scene. There’s a sense of the human hand at work throughout the book, perfectly complementing the period setting. It’s an exceptional book that would be made even more exceptional should the opportunity arise to add a dedicated letterer–there are times when the FX lettering specifically would benefit from a similarly hand-drawn approach to more firmly tie it to the line- and color-work.

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Weighing in at over a hundred pages, the first story in the “Pariah” saga is a satisfying read that sets the stage for future supernatural mayhem. I’m already looking forward to what awaits in book two–there’s promise of bear attacks and mad preachers, both of which successfully grab my attention!

Salazar’s Kickstarter for Book Two of “Pariah, Missouri” runs through September 22, 2014–click here to check it out and nab a copy of the book for yourself!