When I first saw Mark Waid’s Insufferable go up on Thrillbent, I had this moment where I felt I saw the future of the comic industry, a quick flash to the potential of comic narratives being built specifically for online distribution, without any of the limitations of print. I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I had to start playing with the future of the industry from right at the start of my career. This was before the first issue of Talon came out. I had three comic credits to my name… And still, I managed to get my pitch in front of Mark Waid. A pitch to do something really horrifying.
The story was called “The Eighth Seal” and the logline was “Rosemary’s Baby meets The West Wing.” It’s a political, psychological thriller, with extreme horror elements that will escalate over the course of the series. Thankfully, Mark loved it, and my first creator owned comic book project was born.
I wanted to use the Thrillbent format to get scares like you can never get in a printed comic… Suddenly on the page something shifts and becomes frightening in a totally unexpected way. It’s the thing where in a different kind of story, a character is sitting reading with his back turned to the window, and on the swipe, you see the killer standing right outside, and on the next swipe, he’s gone. There’s SO much opportunity for building tension in this format, and I really think this is going to be something special.
I’m working with an incredible team, and you can see their work in that delightfully terrifying piece of art above (be sure to click to embiggen)… Jeremy Rock is my partner and good friend, and the artist on this project, and I think this project is going to show the world what he’s really capable of when he’s unleashed upon the screen. We have an incredible colorist in Nolan Woodard, whose work on this is absolutely unbelieveable, and casts the tone of the series perfectly. Our letterer is the amazing Troy Peteri, who gave us that incredible logo, and brings so much character to the book… I couldn’t be happier or prouder of team TES, and we’ve been working our asses off to make this the best series it can possibly be.
There will be a lot more about it in the coming weeks (and I’m really hoping that we might have some prints for you to pick up at my table at C2E2), but here’s the core of what I have to say:
The Eighth Seal will launch on Thrillbent.com in just a few weeks, on April 23rd. I hope it terrifies and delights you.