To talk to Larime Taylor is to admire him.
The one-man comic book factory (he writes, pencils, inks, shades and letters black-and-white comics) has only been experimenting with the medium for a little over a year, but art is as much a part of him as his keen mind and brave heart.
One of the announcements coming from Top Cow during SDCC is a new ongoing from this unique writer/artist called A Voice in the Dark, launching in November.
Why is Taylor unique? Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer caught up with him exclusively and got his story as well as some juicy tidbits about his coming book.
Larime Taylor: I was born with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect that stunts development of the limbs in utero, and leaves me with very little use of my arms and legs. I use a power wheelchair to get around, and I draw with my mouth. I am the sole creator on the book — I write, draw, tone and letter it, all by mouth. I work on a Wacom Cintiq, doing everything digitally.
CBN: Tell us how the A Voice in the Dark project came about.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:9547:]]Larime Taylor: It started in late 2012 as a Kickstarter campaign (then called Dark Zoey) to fund a single-issue submission package to send to publishers in the hopes of getting it picked up as an ongoing series. I treated it a lot like a pilot for television — produce a completed issue to show proof of concept, art and writing skills, and professionalism. Most submissions are 5 pages of sample art and a pitch, but I wanted to show that I was serious and ready to go from day one.
The response to the Kickstarter was overwhelming, due in large part to the support of industry pros like Gail Simone, Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis and Joe Hill, all of whom retweeted and spread the word. I ended up at 600 percent of my goal, so I turned it into a 3-issue mini that I put out in serial format online for my backers, and compiled into a trade to be printed and sent to them upon completion. That trade also served as my pitch or submission package to publishers at Wonder Con. I had several publishers interested, and ended up at Top Cow as a part of the Minotaur Press line of black-and-white, creator-owned books.
Larime Taylor: It will be a monthly ongoing series starting in November of 2013. Issue #1 will be a double issue, containing the first two-thirds of the Kickstarter trade, and #2 will be the last third. New content that I’m working on now will become #3 and on.
The first two issues, the Kickstarter content, are an introduction to the story and characters, setting things up for stories to come. It focuses on Zoey Aarons, a young woman of mixed race attending a prestigious Women’s College in California on an academic scholarship. Zoey is a straight-A student, graduated top of her class in high school, and appears to most people to be a model student.
She’s also a serial killer.
Larime Taylor: I have been a caricature artist since the age of 14, drawing caricatures at parties, festivals, wedding receptions, etc. It trained me to capture personality and mood as quickly and simply as possible, which translates well to comics and gives me a very clean and expressive style.
Larime Taylor: Right now I’m just focused on this book, and making it the best it can be. I do work pretty fast, though, completing about 2 issues a month, so I may look to branch out somewhere down the line.
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Larime Taylor for taking time out of his schedule to answer our questions. We would also like to thank Top Cow’s own Matt Hawkins and Siike Donnelly who helped make this interview possible.
“A Voice in the Dark” #1 from Top Cow hits in November!