Come Suckle My Child – flash fiction inspired by Sean Seal

Come Suckle My Child

Written by: David M. Brown

Art and Inspiration by: Sean Seal

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-Suffer onto me-

            A lone candle provided the dim light in the otherwise pitch black cellar. My cage was so tight, so restrictive that no matter what angle I managed, my neck was bent at a painful angle. Time lost meaning down there. It could have been days…it could have been years since I’d seen the sun.

With no clothes to cover my body, my ribs showed themselves, the faint candle light seemed to only illuminate my decay. It hurt to breathe. It hurt to twitch. Things that I could not see moved about me, scurrying things with many legs. Sometimes these things would crawl up my back and wake me from whatever fever induced madness I was lost too. More than once, these crawling mysteries became my meal.

Every so often, a beam of white light would appear and my eyes would explode with pain. A group of things…humans I think, would gather around my cage and chant. After their prayer, a hand would reach into my cage and two fingers would dig into my mouth until finally emerging with a trophy. It didn’t take long before my mouth was empty of teeth. The white light would leave and the chanting beings with it, leaving me to weep myself into unconsciousness.

More indiscriminate time passed, I ate more mysteries. The acrid smell of piss and shit was becoming too much to handle. I vomited bile onto my chest…there was nothing else in me. I prayed for death almost constantly. The part of me that relied on logic was dead and rotting. I was becoming some blind, alien animal. Back to the blackness.

A dull red light summoned me back from the void. My dry eyes peered out from two faint slits in my face. It took time for my eyes to adjust but they finally remembered what their purpose was. What I saw then, was worse than all the darkness had ever been. My cage was surrounded by hooded beings, chanting in monotones. Standing directly in front of me, a fat, naked man with dried blood flecked all over his body. His eyes remained closed as he unhinged the lock on my cage, the chanting never letting up.

Without seeing, a fat hand clutched my leg and in an instant, my own naked body was on the damp dirt floor of the cellar. My eyes adjusted even more and I could make out some shape carved into the ground…a weird, esoteric thing I did not recognize. The chanting increased in volume as I was pulled upwards by my brittle hair and set on my knees in front of the large, bloody man.

The man’s powerful hand shoved my face into the cold flesh of his sagging chest. I could feel the rough flecks of the dried blood from his chest scraping my lips. He maneuvered my head until my toothless mouth found his nipple. The chanting was now more screaming than anything else…inhuman voices, alien voices screeched from inside their hoods! My urge to vomit was great but there was nothing left to be expelled.

The naked man forced my cracked lips apart and his cold nipple slid into my mouth. Some instinctual remembrance moved my jaw of its own accord. Then, with a hideous realization, I tasted a semi-sweet fluid in my mouth. This man was feeding me…and I was complicit! I tugged and pumped at his nipple with the hunger of a newborn. I was ravenous…I felt strength returning to my rotted body!

Looking down as the naked man moved me from one nipple to the other, I discovered he was aroused. Somehow this didn’t strike me as troubling…whatever was happening to me began to feel natural. It’s like I’d done this before and had only forgotten the details.

The screams of the hooded turned to howls of animal agony as they moved closer…ever closer. I sucked at the tit of the fat man until it was empty of its sweet reward. The chanting hoods were so close; my arms brushed into their cloaks…and to my surprise, felt no occupying mass there. What were these things?

I looked into the face of the naked man and I took the last drop from him and it was clear to me what was to come next. He opened his mouth as if to speak but only teeth…my teeth dribbled from his lips like pieces of yellowed candy. My hand, as if guided by an unseen force, reached into his mouth and down his throat. Soon, my entire arm to my shoulder had entered the man. Inside of him, my hand clutched his heart…the howls of the hooded were deafening.

I squeezed.

Everything went black.

I wake up with vague memories. No matter, all that is important now is food. Kill the hunger. All thirty-five of my legs moved in unison as I go off to hunt in the dark cellar.

Moonshine and Mythological Creatures! A ‘Hellbillies’ #0 Review! (King Bone Press, 2014)

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(A spoiler-free review)

Eustace: Don’t go talking that injun mumbo-jumbo now.

Jack: You know it to be true, White Devil.

What’s wrong with me?

I’ve known the name ‘King Bone Press’ for quite a while now, they run with the same Twitter crowd as I do, I’ve really liked all the art I’ve seen from them…so what took me so long to get hip? I’m not really sure. Probably the fact that I myself am overwhelmingly busy making comics…but still, no excuse.

But hey, good news! I finally got off my ass and showed them some support! I’m glad I did because the book I’m reviewing is awesome! It’s not titled ‘Awesome’ but it could be. This book is called ‘Hellbillies’ and she’s a beauty! It’s brought to us by the aforementioned King Bone Press. Written and lettered by Jon Westhoff, art by Bryan Boles and colors by the world’s greatest Canadian, Sean Fagan.

The short, bare bones synopsis goes something like this: Something weird is stirring in the southern backwoods of America. Eustace Conway and his merry gang of misfits do their damnedest to keep the world safe from all manner of monsters and oddities. Joined by a tough chick claiming to be a reporter, we follow them on an adventure to stop a pissed off mythological creature.

Immediately after opening the book, I was struck by how well the ‘backwoods’ feel was captured by the creative team. Boles’s style leans to the cartoon side which is perfect for the tone of this book. Westhoff moves things along nicely with enough characterization and humor to keep those pages turning. Fagan, who’s skills have been honed on comics like Monkey Squad One and a few 5d projects, offers up his best work yet as his colors kept me absorbed in the setting of the book. Well done all around!

My favorite character was Eustace’s Dad who brought to mind Hank Hill’s little bastard father from King of the Hill. He had my favorite moments from the book which I won’t ruin for you here. Suffice it to say though, I want more. Not sure what that says about me as a person but hey, who has the time for introspection when there are comics to read (and write).

I’m not one to spoil things so I’ll stop here but let it be known, King Bone Press is the real deal. I’ve had the pleasure of reading another of their books titled ‘Caperbet’ and it too was top shelf stuff. Their back catalog is fairly deep and a couple of the books, including this one, are available on Comixology. Hellbillies is a really fun read and I can’t recommend it enough…now I better get back to making comics…can’t let King Bone have all the glory now can I?

-David M. Brown

Get your King Bone Press goodies at www.kingbonepress.com and follow them on Twitter @KingBonePress!

Obscura: Volume One on sale now! Only $5!

Hello faithful 5d readers!

We’re back with our newest book…the first of a new series called, ‘Obscura’. The idea for it originated out of the fact that I had a lot of little shorts lying around that were either too odd, weird or just plain fucked up to fit anywhere else. After some meetings with the mighty D.N.S., we decided to compile 4 or so shorts and a handful of pinups and release them as single volumes of what would come to be called ‘Obscura’. More issues are already in the works and we’re hoping for a quarterly release schedule.

You can pick your copy up AT OUR STORE for only $5!

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But what the hell is inside you ask? Here is a sample from the book…a few pages from the tale, ‘Seed’.

 

 

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Dun Dun Dunnnnnnnnnnnnnn….find out what happens to poor Karen in Obscura: Volume One!

Written by: David M. Brown

Art by: D.N.S.

Lettered by: Sean Fagan

Boom! Welcome to the Womb!

-Interview conducted by the talented Ari Carr-

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The Brothers Ford clearly up to no good

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Jason Ford, of  The Womb Mates podcast, The Servant and general interwebby fame is one of the most enthusiastic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking to about comics. Everything he says is fired up with the passion of a thousand suns, and he takes such pride in his work it’s hard not to be inspired by his crazy work ethic. I was recently lucky enough to be able to grab a chunk out of his busy schedule to interview him about his podcast, his web comic The Servant and his work here at Fifth Dimension…

AC: Hi Jason! You have a hell of a lot of stuff going on in the geekosphere [the Wombmates podcast, your comic The Servant and working on Ascension for 5D]. What’s it like to be putting so much out there?

JF:  First off thanks for interviewing me! As to why I put so much out there… Quite simply because it’s so easy to do now! With social media, like twitter and the internet, that is a must in today’s society, its easy reaching out there and getting people interested in what you’re doing. It all comes back to creating something you love, putting it out there and now it’ll find the people who also love it. I put so much out there because I have so many (sometimes too many) projects going on. It’s a great problem to have though. I have also found out that I don’t need sleep. Imagine that…

AC: What’s your favourite thing to work on?

JF: My favourite thing to work on is The Servant by far. It’s a project that I have been writing for the last 10 years and have finally pulled the trigger on letting it go into the wilds of the internet. It’s a comic that has everything I love in a comic but isn’t being done right now. The tag line I use is ‘It’s the greatest D&D game you never played!”

AC: Have you found places where all your work can come together?

JF: The Womb Mate podcast has opened a LOT of doors for us. We’ve been able to meet indie creators which turn into great friends and even hosts of the show like Andrew Grieve of Team Stryker! We’ve also met guys that we are now working with on comics like KING BONE PRESS and of course 5th DIMENSION COMICS. All and all the podcast is a great hub for us to do all the creative ideas that we have.

AC: Your comic The Servant is a fast-paced hilarious action adventure! Tell me about the creation process.

JF: The Servant is a high fantasy tale that deals with 6 brothers in a world readying for a new God and has been in my head for a LONG time now. The creative process has been a blast! I get to work with Felipe Anguanio on art, Sean Fagan on lettering and of course my brother, James as an editor. I have the entire 9 chapter story paced out and I’m in the middle of doing the thumbnails of issue 6. First I go over the story for each issue with James and then from there I do thumbnails which I then send to Felipe to beautifully draw. Once I get the pages back I then do the dialog. Then I send it off to Sean to work his magic on lettering and then finally to James for a final proof read and then I post it to the website! I work in a sort of the Marvel way I guess. It’s been working for us.

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Jason and Felipe running shit

AC: Where would you like to see The Servant in the future?

JF: The future of The Servant is set in my mind, it’s just the matter of getting done with the art. I want to go to Kickstarter with the project as soon as Chapter One is done. Right now I’m doing zine sized books that I hand out as ‘advertisement’ trying to get the word out about it. I will always keep it up at the website for free to read because that’s how I roll. From there I will do a Kickstarter every time a chapter is done.

AC: What’s the inspiration behind The Servant?

JF: The inspiration behind The Servant is that it’s the story that I have to tell. Pure and simple. It’s about leaving some mark on this world while you’re here and doing The Servant is my calling. I also love being creative so that helps. It’s the story that wakes me up at night while I scramble for my notebook to write down a scene in. Don’t laugh it has happened more than once.

AC: Your podcast is a riot! What’s the best thing about podcasting?

JF: The best thing by FAR in doing the podcast are the people we meet! It’s a sneaky way for us to talk to the people who make the comics we like reading! We’re clever like that…

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AC: What’s it like podcasting with your brother?

JF: Growing up James and I were the only ones that liked comics and all we had were each other to talk about them with so it was a pretty easy decision to do one with each other. To say we had a lot of practice is an understatement.

AC: You recently had my friend Andrew Grieve [Team Stryker web comic] on the show. Do you get guests often?

JF: Andrew is now a permanent host on the podcast! He’s a perfect fit on The Womb Mates and I really can’t imagine doing the show without him now. As to getting guests on, we try to get creators with Kickstarters going on to hype up their projects or creators that we’re big fans of. It doesn’t always work with everyone’s hectic schedules but we try to help the indie guys out as much as we can.

AC: What can you tell me about Ascension? I love the sound of it!

JF: Ahh… Ascension… That’s the million dollar question David Brown should be answering! It started out as a short story David did but then quickly spiralled into this massive project that involves a lot of creators, me being lucky enough to be one of them. It’s basically a world ending story told in 3 parts. The first part is going to have world building and will be the set-up of the crisis told through the different races of the realm. That will be in an anthology trade. The second part will be 3 different story lines told by 3 different creative teams all coming together in the end. The third part will be ‘the event’ where the second part left off and will be an original graphic novel or OGN. David and I have had some LONG talks about it and I will say when it’s done it will be like when DC did 52 only indie style!

AC: What is the inspiration behind Ascension? It sounds like a hugely ambitious project!

JF: We wanted to do something that we each haven’t tried before. David really liked what I was doing and I loved Wisdom of Fools so that was an easy match.  Along with David and I, we have Philip Nolte on board helping with the writing duties.  I never worked with a ‘writing team’ before and it turns out I love it! Doing comics is such a solitary experience and can get lonely but this way you can bounce ideas around and become a much better writer. I know I have. We want to push the comic medium in different directions and try new things. This project is perfect for that. Now if we could only have some spare cash to pay these artist…

AC: What do you hope to get out of Ascension?

JF: What I hope to get from this experience is an Eisner because when we pull this off it will definitely deserve one! It’s a HUGE project and we have a TON of creators helping out for free so an Eisner is the least they could do! I kid… I kid… but it would be nice!

AC: Will there be any crossover of your work- elements of The Servant appearing in Ascension and vice versa?

JF:  I’m sure I’ll throw some nerd eggs in there from The Servant but not any full blown cross-over work. Not yet that is… DUN DUN DUNNNNN!!!!!! Being a creator owned book does have its perks in that I don’t have to answer to anyone when I make comics. James, Andrew and I do have a cross-over project coming soon that is pretty funny but that’s all I’ll say for now.

AC: Tell me about your projects with Fifth Dimension.

JF: My other project with 5th Dimension is The Gifted that started out as a 4 page break from The Servant for Felipe and myself that has tail-spun into a 16 page epic battle!!! All I will say about it is that it has a 100 foot tall baby fighting Godzilla. Mic. Dropped.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimension?

JF: I hope to bring awesome comics and a ton of attention to 5th Dimension Comics by the projects I’m doing with them and the hype we do for them on the podcast and blogs. David is a great guy to work with and we share the idea of doing comics for the pure love of them. Also it’s really fun working with all the guys over there!

AC: Where do you hope to be next year in regards to your comics?

JF: Next year will hopefully have The Servant #1 the 48 page comic in print, the Ascension anthology out, James and my anthology for The Womb Mates out, The Gifted in print and James and my comic strip, The Swashbucklers of Shadow Seas, coming back! So yeah… I’ll be busy.

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers about what we can expect from you in the future?

JF: *shaking magic 8 ball* The future says… With the help of Pete, our Womb Wizard, we are going to finish off our stop animation short Twin Tales with a movie. We’re also working on a 8 bit video game to accompany The Servant and a web series is in the works as well. All in all, The Womb Mates will be quite busy for a long time to come!!! As always…enjoy!!! BOOM.

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For more info on Jason Ford and his kingdom, check out http://thewombmates.com/ and follow him on Twitter @Thunderduck360 or @thewombmates

For more on Ari Carr, visit her endlessly entertaining blog at: http://comicsandcookies.com/ and follow her on Twitter @Ariellalphabet

‘Kali’ creator Erica Crockett interview! The Vengeful Mother speaks!

Kali is one of the newest and one of the coolest looking new webcomics we have coming out here at 5D. With a  page once a month, this awesome story is gonna unfold throughout the year, and based on what creator Erica Crockett told me in a recent interview, it looks like we’re gonna be on one hell of a ride!

(Interview by Ari Carr)

 

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AC: Tell me about Kali. What sort of story can the readers expect from you?

 

EC: Kali is one of my older graphic story ideas.  It’s several years in the making, having had setbacks and bumps along the way to seeing it made.  I would say that Kali is very typical of my sort of storytelling.  It deals with violence, issues surrounding babies and children, sexuality, and it’s heavily influenced by spirituality and cultural norms outside of the Western worldview.  Readers can expect a lot of blood and a lot of twists in the plot.

 

AC: You have one hell of an opening gambit with Kali! Will it always be so action packed and mysterious?

 

EC: I like my beginnings to really strike the reader.  The preteen narrator that we know only as Kali needs to share some of her world to lay the foundations for the rest of her tale.  As the pages get inked, more plot will unfold.  But action-packed mystery will certainly be a major factor in the series.

 

AC: What influenced you to write Kali?

 

EC: Kali came about when I was looking into travel to India.  I was also enamored with mandalas.  Couple all that with an interest in gangs of children and it sort of fell into place.  I liked the idea of the youngest members of society having the most power and what that would do to a community of desperate people.

 

AC: How does it differ from your other work?

 

EC: The narration of Kali is more delicate than a lot of my other pieces.  Part of that is due to the voice I hear from the second youngest, our narrator.  She wields a sickle, takes the heads of babies, but at her core, she’s more than a brute strong-arm of her boss.  I’ve also never written from the perspective of someone as young as Kali.  However, with the world she lives in, that innocence of youth is long gone.

 

AC: What sets Kali aside from other webcomics?

 

EC: I think the primary difference that readers will see as the comic progresses is the sheer depth to the story.  I’m not saying this to come off as snotty or more literary than other creators of webcomics, but when I began Kali I planned layers deep.  This story involves Hindu mythology, struggles with puberty, use of mandalas as sigils, infanticide.  And these are just some of the tropes showing up in the comic.  This is no weekly laugh strip.

 

AC: How does Kali fit in at Fifth Dimension?

 

EC: David Brown and all the other great talents involved at Fifth Dimension always have me impressed with their professionalism and their consistent, quality work.  I’m happy to have Kali join ranks with all the goodies already in play on the site.

 

AC: What has your experience of creating Kali been like?

 

EC:  It’s been rough getting Kali off the ground.  I had some rocky starts and stops with other artists but I’m happy with the work of [artist] Jason Themm and [letterer] P.A. Nolte.  I couldn’t bring these homicidal street kids to life without those guys.  It’s been nothing but a pleasure since we started this venture earlier this year.

 

AC: Why did you decide on a monthly release for Kali? I know I’ll be waiting with baited breath!

 

-EC: Part of the reasoning behind a monthly release is due to limitations on Jason’s time he can throw at the story.  This is fine by me.  I juggle writing other comic scripts, short stories and novel rough drafts myself.  A weekly release would be lovely, but the monthly roll-out lets us release pages of consistent quality and let the interest in Kali build into a roiling boil!

 

AC: Do you have any plans for a physical copy?

 

EC: I’d love to see Kali in physical form.  If all goes well and we get good feedback from readers, there is always the possibility of collecting arcs into anthologies.  If I had it my way, Kali would be several anthologies long.  But I’m only one part of the puzzle.  Hopefully there will be hard copies of Kali on many bookshelves sometime in the not-so-distant future.

 

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers for us readers? What can readers expect from Kali?

 

EC: Ah, what can you expect from Kali?  Well, lots of people die.  The end.  No, really, as the story unfolds you will get more of Kali’s past, see The Youngest in action, and learn what Kali is willing to do for her boss and what pushes her over the edge.  All of this will be set against a background of a seething populace anxious for a new social order.  And there will be a VERY awkward one-sided preteen romance. You’ve all been warned.

 

Thanks for checking out another 5d creator interview! I’d like to personally thank Ari Carr for all her hard work and dedication.

If you want to dive into the world of ‘Kali’, you don’t have to go far because you’re already on it’s home site…here is a link anyway: http://fifthdimensioncomics.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/kali-the-start-of-something-beautiful/

As always, please check out our creators other work and give them your support. Indie only survives if fans of the work are into it!

Twitters:

Erica Crockett – https://twitter.com/EricaCrockett

Jason Themm – https://twitter.com/jthemm

P.A. Nolte – https://twitter.com/PANolte

Ari Carr – https://twitter.com/Ariellalphabet

5d Comics – https://twitter.com/5dComics

Creator Spotlight: The Mighty D.N.S!

Our resident journalist, Ari Carr recently got a chance to sit down and have a chat with Fifth Dimension Comics co-founder D.N.S.  Read on!

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Artist extraordinaire, full-time weirdo and all round great guy DNS is one of the core members here at Fifth Dimensions, and without him, we’d be lost. I wouldn’t have my Beasts of Baxley webcomic. There wouldn’t be the awesome art we have on The Magician. Things would generally be less awesome without his twisted insight. I recently interviewed DNS on art, comics, and what makes him tick…

AC: Tell me about your projects with Fifth Dimension.

DNS: The projects… Well so far, most of what I’ve done with 5D went into the Wisdom of Fools book, but other than that, me and David (Brown) plan on following up The Magician so I’m looking forward to getting into that later this year. As for other projects, I’m pretty easy going so if something comes and I think I can do it without fucking it up then I’ll do it and drag my hairy knuckles around the page for a while and try and make sense of it.

AC: What do you enjoy working on?

DNS: I enjoy most of what we have done so far, but some stuff more than others, but that’s natural. I get a kick out of doing Punk N Hood though. It’s so random, it just makes me smile while doing it.

AC: Tell me about the art book you plan on releasing. What’s the inspiration behind it?

DNS: Ahh, okay, the art book! Well, what to tell really… I’d like to say it has some sort of agenda or secret plans inside to give you a better life, but truth be told it’s fairly random things that strike me as fun at the time. In an average day, I maybe draw and finish around six pics so this book is the place to put them for better or for worse.

AC: Do you plan on using Kickstarter or a crowd-funding process to get it made?

DNS: I’m not sure if the book will be in print or download as yet, but I would love to see it go into print. It just depends on how many people wanna see my random scribbles without saying something like “shit man, was this drawn by a kid, or a chimp with better than average motor skills?!”

AC: What sort of art do you like creating the most?

DNS: I pretty much like doing any art I really don’t have a preference at all. If I’m into the subject and I can get my around it or feel I can do something with it, then I go for it. I think most of what I do should have the disclaimer warning ‘results may vary’ haha.

AC: Is there any work you’ve done with Fifth Dimension that you’re especially proud of?

DNS: I’m proud of everything that I have done at 5D since me and David met and had a little dream and thought it could happen and everything rolled from there! So yeah, I’m proud of it all and everything everyone has done for it.

AC: What’s your favourite title you like making art for?

DNS: Favourite title… I’d say The Magician mainly because between us we kinda know where he is going and what he’s about. Plus, I get a kick out of drawing him! It’s cool and he came pretty easily.

AC: Is it difficult to create artwork for the variety of webcomics you work on?

DNS: Ahh, the webcomic! Well as you know, seeing as we do one of them together, they’re fun things to do! I always wanted the ones I was involved to be breezy, that’s why when I approached you, I had the stupid idea to have it limited to three panels a week, so it sorta had that ‘daily strip’ feel to it, though I’m not too sure if that comes across, but that’s down to me and not you haha! But no, to be honest, it’s not hard to do. If anything, they’re more fun, mainly because they’re shorter.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimension with your art book?

DNS: I’m not sure the art book will, or even intends to bring anything other than a look into a bit of my work away from doing strips. Hopefully it will be seen for what it is- a bit of fun! I’d like it to be the kind of book that is taken into the bathroom- y’know, help pass a few minutes a life and maybe puts a smile on your face… Or a frown. I’m good for either!

AC: You have a very unique art style. What has influenced your style?

DNS: I’m not sure on my influence. I kinda magpie things I like, and there’s so much stuff it’s hard ot pinpoint. I love Ash Wood a great deal, but also I really love Bill Watterson, so I don’t know. It’s really hard to pick just one. If something grabs my attentions, be it art, writing, or a song even, I tend to go a bit bat-shit and collect all I can on that person or person’s work, and somehow that all spills out in some way. Whether it’s apparent or not in the work, but it’s all there if you look really close.

AC: Lastly, do you have any teasers about what we can expect from you in the future?

DNS: Hmmm, teasers… Well other than The Magician follow up, there is a story I’ve been daydreaming over for around fifteen years now called Poughkeepsie’s Blues I’d really like to get that out there! Other than that, hell, I have no idea! Probably the same ol’ horseshit from me ‘till someone puts me back in my box and hides me away until I’m needed again, haha.

AC: Do you have any messages for the readers?

DNS: Cheers for the little chat! I would just like to thank everyone who reads the blog and got the book for their support, it really does mean everything to me and all of 5D, so thank you, cheers and beers!

You can get an eye full of D.N.S. on Twitter @portless or visit his kick ass art shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyDNS

Need more Ari Carr in your life? Of course you do. Follow her on Twitter @ariellalphabet. Then you must check out her beautifully written comics reviews and discussion over at her website http://myheartliesinfilmandcomics.blogspot.com

 

Plague Doktor Interview

Sneak Peek at Plague Doktor + Chat With Creators

Interview by: Ari CarrBijvitKCAAAbpdr

As I’ve already mentioned in the previous blog, we here at Fifth Dimensions have a lot of awesome stuff coming your way this year. With more web comics, new features and more titles than last year on the way, I chatted to head honcho David M Brown, writer of new comic Plague Doktor (set to hit later this year) and artist Dennis Coyle III about their new project…

AC: What can you tell us about Plague Doktor? What’s it about?

DB: Without giving too much away…Plague Doktor takes place in the 13th century during the ‘Black Death’ plague. It’s essentially the story of a young man named Nils and his struggle to understand his lot in life. He’s a traveling plague doktor who moves from town to town attempting to ease the pain of the infected. He continuously encounters a very strange, hideously thin figure that always seems to be one step ahead of him. This is where the story starts.

AC: What sort of story do you hope to tell with Plague Doktor?

DB: Well, when writing Plague Doktor, I was feeling very inspired by an odd mixture of personal experience, mythology, history and the work of David Lynch…ha! I wanted to basically tell a very personal story about moving through life always feeling like the odd man out…always feeling like you were meant to do more with yourself. Going into the writing process with those things in mind, Plague Doktor came out!

AC: David, you say this is your strongest script so far. What makes you say this?

DB: I hope that doesn’t sound too arrogant! It’s true though. Everything I tried seemed to work with this script…from symbolism to foreshadowing, everything just seemed to click. Usually when I reread a script I’ve written after it’s finished, I’ll endlessly pick it apart and hate myself for making this bad decision or that bad decision. That doesn’t happen with Plague Doktor! Every time I read it, I just get more and more excited to release it.

AC: Your stories often contain very dark humor and dark storytelling. Are you using this type of storytelling in Plague Doktor?

DB: Plague Doktor is the epitome of dark and gritty. It’s sort of funny that everything I write is dripping with darkness and death…I’m a nice, happy guy! In short, yes, if you like my past work, you’ll find a lot to love in Plague Doktor. I wouldn’t say there is much in the way of humor in the book…once you read it, you’ll see why humor has no place in the story.

DC: After having read the script numerous times I really can’t pick out much humor in it. That’s not a bad thing at all. I’m fine with just drawing the dark.

AC: What was the experience of creating Plague Doktor like?

DB: Frightening! Like I said, this story is very personal to me in a lot of ways so seeing myself in the characters was a bit scary at times. But you know, at the end of the day, we are making comics and the creative process is always fun. My writing process for Plague Doktor was largely the same as always…lots of research and historical data went into the script.  In addition to that, pouring over layouts and thumbnails with Dennis has been a fuck-ton of fun. He’s a great guy to work with…he really gets the material and is the consummate worker.

AC: What do you hope to bring to Fifth Dimensions with this story?

DB: I hope to add some more depth and diversity to the Fifth Dimension Comics line up with Plague Doktor. It’s my pipe dream to have it be the ‘prequel’ to a series of stories that are coming down the line.

AC: Dennis, what has it been like doing the art for this story? The teaser image looks amazing!

DC: It’s been great so far! David has done an amazing job with the writing and our joint interest in the subject matter makes it all the better. I love the script and I feel the direction I’m pushing it artistically really compliments it. The entire story is thumbnailed and I’m moving into final pages soon.

AC: What sort of style did you have in mind for the creation of Plague Doktor?

DC: I’m taking a heavy cue from noir comics for the bulk of it. I’m borrowing grunge elements and trying to keep the entire thing sort of… warped, just like the contents.

AC: Do you have any plans for a physical copy?

DB: The plan is to hit Kickstarter with it! Readers can expect the same level of quality as we achieved with ‘The Wisdom of Fools’ and if we reach enough funding, hopefully a hardcover!

DC: I think we are looking into options for a physical release sometime around summer.

AC: Lastly, do you have any more teasers for us? What can the readers expect from Plague Doktor?

DB: 5d fans will find a lot to love about Plague Doktor. If you like dark, gritty story telling with incredible art, look no further. Beware the mark of the plague!

DC: I have nothing more to tease just yet, but I will soon. I think readers can expect a dark and morbid tale rife with twisted intentions. Anyone that has enjoyed 5d’s previous work and fans of horror in general should definitely enjoy this.

So there you have it, boys and girls. The new tale from 5D will hit soon, and it’ll be a twisted historical game of cat and mouse, and will feature some jaw-droppingly awesome art by Dennis Coyle. Watch this space for more information…

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