Written by Andres Salazar and penciler Jose Luis Pescador, Pariah, Missouri is a self-published western/horror ongoing title. It?s part Deadwood part Buffy the Vampire Slayer.?* Part wild-west historical drama, part supernatural mystery, Pariah is set in 1857 a few years before the Civil War.?* Pariah is a team book, we follow Hiram Buchanan an undercover Pinkerton, Nellie a feisty courtesan, Jean a practitioner of voodoo from New Orleans and Toro a Comanche bounty-hunter as they ferret out evil.
I consider myself as a storyteller.?* When I?m with people I tell stories, it?s actually a main motivator for why I try things.?* It?s why I?m a stand-up comedian.?* I?ve been writing ever since I was a kid and it wasn?t until now that I have everything lined up to actually make this product.?* After my first short film, After Cheri, I started writing more screenplays and they were going nowhere (big surprise in LA huh?).?* I have been making ash-cans and other small-press comics for years.?* ?*I wrote Pariah, Missouri with comics in mind this time, but using my experience of writing spec teleplays.
I wanted to tell a story that was MY story.?* Not something made-by-committee.?* I love westerns so I wanted to start there.?* I have an affinity for stories about religion, magic and race relations, so I put that all in there.?* I wanted a dash of comedy (but not camp).?* I love shows where the location is important (if you haven?t seen Twin Peaks, shame on you!) and that the story is character driven.
I worked for Howard Chaykin, who lives down the road from me.?* I blindly emailed him and couldn?t believe in a few hours I was talking to him!?* He liked my inking portfolio and next thing I knew I was in his office working as an art assistant.?* I consider him a ?Rabbi? and mentor and learned a lot about the business and how to tell stories.?* He doesn?t mince words and if anything his brutal honesty propels me to want to make this book.
?At San Diego Comic Con, I met a friend of Jose Pescador and we got in touch.?* When I did my ?casting call? for pencilers online I sent out 2 pages of the story and asked for them to submit some samples.?* It was all over the board, as you can imagine, and so was their costs per page.?* When I saw Jose?s pages I knew right then and there I wanted this guy.?* Then it turns out he?s a fine artist and opens at galleries in Mexico, that made it even better.?* I wanted an artist, not just a comic book guy, and I got it in spades with Jose.?* Now armed with a penciler, I can ink and watercolor the pages and we got ourselves a product. Right now we are launching the first 2 issues on Kickstarter in a collected book.
This money will pay for the art and production costs.?* All extra funds will go to issues 3 and beyond.?* I am offering some exclusive prints, shot glasses and extras only through Kickstarter.?* On the updates I am posting a number of videos, both behind the scenes on making the comic, but also some comedic mock-interviews which should be fun.
This is just the beginning for Pariah, MO, I have major machinations for this world!?* I got a table at San Diego Comic Con for 2013.?* I have the Pariah card game coming out in February. ?*?*I have many more stories to do in 2013.?* My goal is to keep Pariah as an ongoing title, with collected story arcs coming out each year.?* Again, I?m a storyteller and I?ve got 34 years of stories in me so I?m ready!
To see the Pariah, Missouri Kickstarter campaign, click here.