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    My name's Brandon. I'm the writer on a forthcoming comic called Witch Doctor. It's a "medical horror" comic (think Hellboy meets House M.D.) drawn by Portland illustrator Lukas Ketner.

    Here's the synopsis:
    It's a sick world. Literally.

    The universe is an organism, and the creatures of myth and folklore are invading parasites, preying on the native species and disrupting the ordered systems of the world.

    It's a sick world, and Dr. Vincent Morrow's here to treat it. Headhunted into an exciting new career in the black arts after his excommunication from the medical community, Morrow serves the world with both hands -- one in magic, one in medicine -- as earth's protector. Earth's Witch Doctor.
    This spring we'll be releasing Witch Doctor: First Incision, a 16-page "demo" comic, basically a proof-of-concept for the series. We're releasing it free on the web, accompanied by a streaming soundtrack, and we're planning on debuting the printed edition at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland at the end of April. After that, we'll be shopping the series to some publishers.

    I thought I'd take this opportunity Warren's giving us and run a workblog in this space, with concept and promo art as well as links to music and other stuff that's inspiring the series.

    "It's a sick world" is one of the major themes of Witch Doctor. Beyond that the phrase refers to the doctor in the title and to the state of the universe we're creating, it also speaks to the way we're approaching supernatural horror -- welding the archetypal creatures of the genre to the sickest things in the animal kingdom.

    Take the way bed bugs reproduce -- it's called "traumatic insemination." Male bed bugs don't bother getting the ladies drunk, they just impale them in the abdomen with their penises and pump semen into the wound. There's only a few species of insects that do this. It's good for the males, because it's a way to get around mating resistance in females, but it's obviously hard on the females who then have to heal and often get infections. So female have evolved 'paragenitalia' in the spots where they're usually stabbed.

    (The potential bandname of the day is "Hypodermic Genitalia.")

    Witch Doctor: Traumatically inseminating your brain.

    Until next time, go listen to The Builders and the Butchers, a band that plays rock and roll as invented by poor kids in the South during the Great Depression. It's Americana Gothic, and lots of murder ballads -- plus useful messages like "All true love will leave you on your knees in the rain." Here's their song "Bottom of the Lake."

    The Builders and the Butchers "Bottom of the Lake"

    Next Entry: 2: I eat you
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    Uh... isn't this posting fiction?
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2008
    Uh... isn't this posting fiction?

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    Oh, thanks for clarifying. I wasn't accusing, I honestly didn't know how strict was the "no fiction" rule.

    With that said, I like the concept and the art, Brandon. Will check it out if I can.
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    Thanks Andrenavarro!
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
    Looks cool. Has there never been a character with this name? The world will smack its forehead if so. It's a great title and concept.
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    The name "Witch Doctor?" Probably. In this case it's a little like Hellblazer (where nobody ever calls John Constantine that). It's not Morrow's codename, more a derogatory (and accurate) nickname some of his associates use.

    And I think there's a few things in the concept and the setting that the world may smack its forehead about. (Although I may be biased.)