Last year, we first reported on Larime Taylor, a comic book writer and artist from California who was, at that time, running a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a comic called Dark Zoey, later renamed A Voice in the Dark. The Outhouse has had the pleasure of reading three issues of A Voice in the Dark since then, and each issue shows off more of Taylor's storytelling prowess.
Issue #3, which we read just last week, picks up where the cliffhanger ending of #2 left off, and sees a tense situation between troubled protagonist Zoey and a desperate caller to her radio show unfold. The caller struggles with suicidal thoughts while Taylor breathes life into her character, peeling away a nonchalant exterior that builds to a disturbing conclusion, leaving Zoey to reflect on her own murderous tendencies.
Look... what more can we say? In our review of issue #1, we wrote about A Voice in the Dark's dark and unusual premise, and its potential for storytelling. In issue #2, we discussed Taylor's use of diverse characters that readers can't help but identify with. In #3, we see Taylor's ability to bring a brand new character to life in a done-in-one story that is told mainly through the device of a telephone conversation, while at the same time using that story to lead the book's main character on a path of self discovery. We're not blowing smoke up his ass here; Taylor has versatility as a cartoonist that would make him a valuable asset to any publisher's roster.
Taylor was born to create comics. He's really good at it. And today, at Wondercon, it's your opportunity, publishers, to sign him up to create those comics for your company. We feel you have no choice in the matter. Not just because the comic book industry is the only industry where most of its professionals are too out of shape to outrun a guy in a wheelchair. Because Taylor's the real deal. A Voice in the Dark rocks.
Don't take our word for it. When Taylor rolls up on your booth, read the comic. Recognize its awesomeness. Give this guy a contract. We're looking at you, Dark Horse. Oni Press. Image. Marvel? DC? Maybe a revamp for Archie's squeaky clean image?
But hey, you don't have to take our word for it. How about a superstar creator like Michael Oeming?
So if you see Larime at Wondercon today, tell him we said hi. And if you happen to be a comic book publisher, scoop him up before one of your competitors does, or before he publishes A Voice in the Dark himself. Your loss will be your competitor's gain. Could you do any less?