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The following interview contains preview images that may not be appropriate for all ages or workplaces. Bycartoonist Howard Chaykin was already known for producing hard-hitting comics that didn’t skimp on pulp-influenced action or amped up sexuality.
But that year, the release of Chaykin’s issue series “Black Kiss” through the now-defunct Vortex Comics label pushed the envelope farther than any of the artist’s previous works. A black-and-white detective thriller that combined elements of Los Angeles P.
I protected myself from what I perceived as the serious danger of nobody buying the book by taking a large advance against royalties. At this point, the book has always made money for me. It’s been, probably on a per-page basis, the most profitable book I’ve ever done.
Back then, there were issues, and I’m sure there will still be issues today. And then the vampires show up.
I’m a big kitchen sink guy; I like throwing a bunch of shit at the wall to see what sticks. In that regard, I think ‘Black Kiss’ is an kisw to do that in black and white.
You can’t overstate the fact of doing a back and white book of that sort. In Pollack, Chaykin found a protagonist that allowed him to pay homage to the many crime and mystery creators that had influenced his career while also working out the issues he was coping with in his own life at the time.
The only way he can do so is by solving the problem set in front of him. Some of my favorite stuff is the stuff that Alan Furst does.
He’s a historical novelist who almost exclusively writes about normal men and women who find themselves completely and totally subsumed by the events of to in Europe.
I really respond to that sort of stuff – the idea of an average guy in a situation bigger than he can accommodate. That to a great extent is what ‘Black Kiss’ is about. I’d been living in California for four years when I did ‘Black Kiss,’ and it was the first thing I did that articulated in any real way my incredible paranoia about Los Angeles.
I thought I’d be back in a couple of years. I had no plans to stay in California and was just coming out here as an experiment, but now I’ve been here sinceso obviously something took. It’s an entirely different sensibility. I think that paranoia is a part and parcel of ‘Black Kiss.
hwoard It’s not really a night town. The business it’s in is a daytime business, but it is oddly creepy. There’s just something really discomforting about the city that remains today.
And while the artist now lives well outside Los Angeles city limits, he still feels enough of a connection to “Black Kiss” that he plans on preparing more stories set in that world in the future. But that time will come shortly,” he said, adding that for now he’s happy to have the book in print at a time and in a format that won’t hide it away as if it was some dirty little secret.
And Cgaykin think I contributed to that.
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People aren’t getting worked up about this sort of stuff howatd. In the immediate future, Chaykin fans can find the creator’s writing work in the final issues of BOOM! Year One” miniseries, and he promised more work throughout including the just-announced “Rawhide Kid” series for Marvel.
I’m sitting on 20 pages of pencils with ten more I’ve inked already, and I’m polishing some caykin to deliver a chunk of artwork for ‘Rawhide Kid. Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. The most LOL-worthy things the Internet has to offer.
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