They aren't pretty or charming or sexy or scheming. These are just some regular folks trying to live out their very long lives in peace. Donny, how much fun do you have writing the worst possible scenarios set in your surroundings? I'm starting to get a reputation around here, huh? The way Maine, through Stephen King's eyes, is full of terror and hidden things...that's Texas for me. THE WALKING DEAD is about surviving in a world full of monsters, getting by and trying to live in that dangerous world.
It's such a wild place, a place full of dark corners and unexplored landscapes. This book is set in East Texas, which is as different from the sprawling plains of the West, where GOD COUNTRY is set, as night and day. REDNECK is a mirror to that, and it tackles a group of monsters trying to live their lives in a world filled with us.
The introductory banter between Uncle Bartlett and Percy is intelligent and perfectly showcases the creative team's strengths.
Cates' uncanny ability to write an authentic Texan pairs well with Estherren's art like a backwoods boy strumming his banjo.
He doesn't want any trouble in his old age, but he's ready to fight if you put enough alcoholic cow blood in his system.
Leave it to Cates to make Texas the perfect place for a horror story.
But I started thinking about my own bloodline and how...it is in places.
I'm not going to get to specific about it here for privacy reasons, but there's an entire branch of my family tree that was very abusive and violent.
And that is exactly what you are going to find here. I mean getting bit by a vampire doesn't turn everyone into a sexy, charming Brad Pitt/Angel type, right?
The vampires in this comic don't live in a castle in the Carpathian Mountains. They don't wear long black cloaks and hang from the ceiling.
These nightwalkers are decked out in custom-made cowboy boots, watch NASCAR, chew tobacco, and smoke ribs for the hell of it.
A place built on hard work and violence and revolution and blood. They might as well be different continents, never mind existing in the same state. Full of mysteries and wonder like a buried treasure chest. Which makes it equally dangerous, if not more so in places. Are you watching vampire films or spaghetti westerns to inspire your art? I've been listening to a lot of music for this project.
I set the right mood for the daily work with Carpenter's Lost Themes II, Clutch, Luna Sol, anything from John García, and a lot of other stuff.
Caramagna nails the darkly comedic interplay between Bartlett and Percy well. Cates and Estherren ask more questions than they answer, and end on one hell of a cliffhanger.