Meet the Rick Allen (Def Leppard drummer) of comics, Larime Taylor, who created a killer Kickstarter comic that got the attention and green light from Top Cow.
Source: Larime Taylor / Top Cow
Larime Taylor is possibly one of the most interesting new creators you’ll meet. Why? Because not only does he speak and understand the dialogue of a teenage girl surprisingly well (which you may or may not find disturbing for a man with a full beard), but he does all his own art too, not with his hands, but with his...mouth. The work is good stand-alone, but knowing that this “disabled” man is drawing like a professional, not using his hands is, to say the least, impressive and inspiring.
Taylor has the true underdog story, and used Kickstarter to fuel his first and now second issue of A Voice in the Dark
. But it won’t stop there, Top Cow
is picking him up for the series, which is very exciting for readers and for Taylor, who posted on his website
“The book was announced as an ongoing – not a mini, or a test run, or a pilot, but an actual ongoing, monthly series, the only other Minotaur ongoing besides Think Tank. That’s a big f-ing deal. I’ve looked, and they just don’t DO things like that. And yet, there I am!”
The comic is Dexter meets Gossip Girl in my opinion (feel free to disagree). The first ‘deluxe’ issue starts out with college freshman Zoey writing in her diary about how she’s a recent murderer. Through a series of events unfolding at college plus the ongoing investigation we find out why and who she slaughtered. Though the problem isn’t just if she’ll get caught, it’s if she’ll get caught again since she has desired to murder those around her since birth. At least that’s implied so far, the issue doesn’t go into details.
The series sounds like it’s going to go in a very interesting direction, provided dialogue doesn’t get in the way. We delve at length into situational dialogue in the deluxe issue, but character development is on the way through the voice of her inner darkness, speaking through her mirror in her dorm room. She must let out that inner darkness, and one avenue Zoey seems to be pursuing is the radio show she hosts, which nearly fell in her lap: A Voice in the Dark (hence the title). She gets to talk about all the faux paus, dark secrets, thoughts, and urges callers have, everyone remaining anonymous. It’s a neat concept that Zoey hopes will curb her compulsion to kill. Of course, it’s never that easy.
I am glad that Top Cow is picking this up and pursuing the future of this comic with Larime Taylor because anyone who draws with their mouth as well as he does is a badass. I tried, and amongst the slobber and squiggly lines, it barely passes for the work of a three year old. In all seriousness, it takes true talent and ability to do what Larime does and it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes.
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