Mashing Up the Old West

Andres Salazar writes for Bleeding Cool:

My name is Andres Salazar.  I’m a storyteller.  Right now I’m neck-deep in my new book called Pariah, Missouri.  Part Huckleberry Finn part X-files it’s a mash-up of some of my favorite stories and ideas all set in Antebellum 1857 Missouri.  It’s Steampunk without the punk, but a good dose of religion, folk magic, bounty-hunters, slaves and demons.  It’s the A-team with Hiram Buchanan an undercover Pinkerton, Nellie a feisty courtesan, Jean Lafitte a practitioner of vodoo from New Orleans and Toro a Mexican/Comanche bounty-hunter as they ferret out evil.

pariah frame kickstarter 1I used to work for a guy named Howard Chaykin, you might have heard of him.  If you haven’t you need to stop reading this and go read American Flagg.  First day I met Howard I showed him my work.  He said, ‘This doesn’t suck, you have a good line, but you’re not a penciler.’  He knew I wanted to write and I could be an inker but if I wanted to make my own book I’d need to find a penciler.  So like any smart person I listened to Mr. Chaykin and I got myself a penciler.  Enter stage left Jose Pescador.

pariahcompleteFINAL copyEvery page of Pariah, MO is painted in watercolors.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do since the beginning.  I wanted that old-timey feel and keep the color palette down to a minimum.  We’ve just finished volume 1 and set it off to the printers.  Even made a fancy-pants hardcover complete with my commentary throughout the story as well as extra pages with additional epilogue, behind-the-scenes art, production sketches and reference pictures.  It’s the blu-ray of the book.  What’s great is backers to the Kickstarter will not have to wait for their book, we are shipping these puppies in Oct!  How’s that grab ya?

pariahcompleteFINAL copyI just finished the script for volume 2 and working on the watercolor art now.  It should be ready for print in May 2014.  If all goes well, each year we will pump out a volume.

I’m doing something special for all the Bleeding Cool backers.  If we get another $1,000 in the Kickstarter this weekend, I will put all the Bleeding Cool backers on the “Uber-backer” list which will give them an exclusive 16-20 page prelude story, not available for purchase.

PrintI got some new Stretch Goals which will include a radio drama and a card game.  It will be an exciting story for the next 30 days to see how we progress through the campaign.  I will be posting videos and updates often so backers really get a sense of the behind the scenes of what it takes to make a comic book.  Please become a part of our team!

To see the Pariah, Missouri Kickstarter campaign to go: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andresjsalazar/pariah-missouri-directors-cut-hardcover-volume-one

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