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So, while I'm waiting to hear back from Heavy Metal regarding the future of Snuff, I've decided to start working on a comic project.

Devil Cop #1 - Cover by ivy7om

Devil Cop is a supernatural action/adventure comic (complete with my retro artwork) which channels the pre-code horror of the 1950s. Think of how Alan Moore paid homage to that era with The Black Freighter story in The Watchmen. I'm thinking of making this one an Amazon exclusive, since they are currently my top selling platform and it will allow me to take advantage of certain feature which they offer.

So, keep your eyes peeled for this one. I'll post a bio for Devil Cop when I finish the first issue. Watch this spot for more updates and let me know your thoughts below.
  • Listening to: Warren Zevon - The Long Arm Of The Law
  • Reading: Mike Baron's Punisher
  • Watching: C.O.P.S.
  • Playing: Real Life (Survival Mode)
  • Eating: Too Much
  • Drinking: Not Enough
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asdjol Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Devil Cop will sort of be an homage to the police comic books of the Golden Age? Like the "Crime Does Not Pay" series of comic books?

...Will you include elements of C.O.P.S. as well? I see you watch that series.
ivy7om Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Professional Artist
The tone so far is hard to describe. The aesthetic is clearly Golden Age style, but the storytelling is influenced more by the 80s. It's more "Dick Tracy" than "Crime Does Not Pay". I don't want it to be the same old thing every time, so each issue will be structured differently with a different focus. For example, the first issue is all about introducing Devil Cop to the reader, so it's told from his first person perspective. The second one will be about building on the mystery around him, so it will focus on a secondary character encountering him. Also, I got the idea for the first issue after watching the 1989 "Punisher" movie with Dolph Lundgren. So it has a high level of comic book violence and Devil Cop fights a clan of ninjas (who may or may not become his arch-enemies, I haven't decided yet).

C.O.P.S. is definitely an inspiration on this series, as well as Robocop (both the movie and the underappreciated TV show), Judge Dredd (both versions) and the Maniac Cop trilogy. Devil Cop's uniform was inspired by Longarm's and I have a character who I'll introduce in issue 2 who was inspired by Mainframe.
asdjol Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's quite an ambitious project, especially when you strive to make each issue structured differently. I remember the "Dick Tracy" movie - while the mob was deadly and let their enemies sleep with the fishes (literally!), the movie wasn't so violent. But "Crime Does Not Pay"? Man, those covers were brutal, despite the simplistic way of drawing them. I've read a couple of stories... Brutal. The series make Carnage in the Marvel universe look "tame".

Clan of ninjas? I already think of them as your equivalent of Marvel's The Hand.

What do you think of the 1989 Punisher-movie? Is it better or worse than its reboots and its MCU-counterpart (in Daredevil Season 2)?
ivy7om Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional Artist
I think I did a good job making each volume of All Hallows Eve different. It's a simple matter of just using your imagination. Here is the Golden Rule: Not only can anything happen, but nothing can't happen. Never tell yourself "that's impossible" because it's a comic. Chances are that your reader is already suspending disbelief simply because of the medium, so you can take them anywhere.

The idea of making Devil Cop's arch-enemies an organization rather than an individual means that he can use lethal force and still go up against enemies with the same theme. The Red Circle Clan is going to be a big deal in this series.

Trust me, the Dick Tracy comic strips got pretty brutal and were quite controversial in their time. They really had the same message as Crime Does Not Pay, that a life of crime will bring you to a nasty end. Devil Cop is going the same route as Dick Tracy, where bad people get their just desserts at the hands of an iconic hero. The difference is that Devil Cop himself comes from a much darker place than Dick Tracy, as you'll learn in the first issue.

It's funny, people tend to think that violence in entertainment is a modern conceit, when really the pre-code stuff makes today's entertainment look tame.

I love the 1989 movie. The complaints against it seem to begin and end with "he never wears the skull logo", which is silly in my book. We have a popular series of X-Men movies where Wolverine never wears his costume from the comics, but for some reason that's okay. I actually like the 1989 version more than the reboots (it's Dolph Lundgren playing Frank Castle!). One thing I noticed about Daredevil season 2 is that it followed the same plot points as the movie. The Punisher starts out as a mysterious, antagonistic character who is going after a major crime syndicate. Then he gets arrested. Then he makes a deal with a mob boss in order to escape. Then he gets the main baddie, fights ninjas and disappears into the night, leaving us with the knowledge that he's going to continue his war on crime.
asdjol Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Eve-stories are different from traditional comics though since they are novels. When I went to school, the teachers emphasized the importance of reading "real" literature since the words together force our brains to develop our imagination. Comics have a bad reputation where I live since they "don't train your brains to think for yourselves", especially when we readers get served with illustrations showing the story in front of our noses.

Yeah, today's entertainment is definitely tamer than the pre-Code era, but that didn't stop the schools from where I live from emphasizing reading, reading and reading "real" literature. Furthermore, our textbooks emphasized that heroic characters in comic books often use violence in order to achieve their goals - we weren't supposed to do that. Instead we were taught to solve conflicts peacefully with discussions. I had a teacher who emphasized the "art of argumentations", so each lesson we all had to come up with topics in order to argue for or against. Of course, those who have lots to say loved his lessons. I didn't.

In a sense, this tradition has successfully lived on. If you were to visit me, you'll rarely see a comic shop or comic books filling the shelves. Instead you'll see several books aimed for children, teenagers and young adults in the young reader's section of book stores. We have a few comic book albums - Tintin, The Smurfs and Spirou are the only respected comic book characters I know of.

So how is the general Canadian view of comic books? Did the schools teach you that "comic books are abominations" etc.?

I agree with you, letting Devil Cop battling a whole criminal organization is much much better. The Foot Clan is iconic just because of itself.

I haven't seen the 1989 movie, so I'll try to see it somehow. Personally I don't like the X-Men comic book series so much, especially the comic book Wolverine (sorry Dave!). If it weren't for the movies where they ditched their comic book outfits and instead used modern versions, I wouldn't be interested in the group at all. Now today I'm a great fan of Wolverine (still not the comic book version) - one of the reasons is because he ditched the yellow spandex and we got to see Hugh Jackman's face all the time. So yeah... "he never wears the skull logo" isn't a valid argument.

But if Punisher's story arch in Daredevil season 2 is more or less a modern retelling of the 1989 movie, then I think the movie should get more attention.
ivy7om Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Artist
We never got indoctrinated quite to that extent (I remember actually having one awesome teacher who loved graphic novels). We were given that message in a number of our cartoons (which, if you ask me, is kind of ironic). For the most part, comic books tend to be seen as a great gateway into reading for people (especially kids) who are reluctant to pick up a thick novel.

To me, it boils down to this. The superhero genre deals with crime fighting. Crime fighting deals with harsh realities, not politically correct pipe dreams like "the art of argumentation". This actually comes back to a political statement I made in "Thule" where I said that schools today are less interested in preparing students for adult life and more interested in raising a generation of political activists with no life skills. I should put a moment in "Devil Cop" where someone tries using "the art of argumentation" on a mugger :D

Mostly I like Wolverine's team-ups with Spider-Man. I think they have a great dynamic. Not so much a fan of his solo adventures. Besides, isn't Logan dead at the moment?

It's definitely an underappreciated movie. In its day, it actually managed to score a pretty positive rating with critics too. Someday, I'm going to do a top ten list of underrated superhero movies and tv shows and the 1989 Punisher will be number 1 (with Robocop: The Series being a close second).

Here in Quebec, we actually get Spirou, The Smurfs and Tintin as imports. I take it that you live in France?
asdjol Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please do add the scene! It would be very comical. :D

Anyway, that's what I thought too. But superheroes are seen in different ways here. Either it's something for kids (the costumes, imaginative powers and supervillains) which will "eventually be outgrown", or the stories "teach children that violence is a necessary means to solve things". Actually action movies are being frowned upon too since they "only are about beating, shooting and blowing people up" without a really deep and emotional plot (à la Jane Eyre). Most cinephiles here don't treat the Marvel movies as "quality movies" (coming back to an earlier discussion) - they are in fact quite fed up with them since "they are so tiresome". And now the DCEU-movies make the situation worse since they "prove" that "superhero movies are ridiculous".

I would say we have a superhero-phobia here.

Yep, I was mostly thinking of Logan's solo adventures. But wasn't he more animal than human (in personality) in the comics compared with the movies?

Yes, Logo is pretty much dead now. They've changed a lot to the Marvel Universe. Thor is a female now. Bruce Banner is apparently dead. And Iron Man has been replaced by Dr. Doom. But now it is said that an African American lady will become Stark's successor.

I'll look forward to read the list of yours.

No, sadly not. :( My French would have been improved a lot if I did.
ivy7om Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Artist
To me, those people just sound like Frederic Wertham all over again. Just try to ignore them as best you can.

Yeah, Logan tended to be more savage in the comics. The original animated series from the early 90s had a far more faithful depiction of him.

I have a hard time following comics nowadays. I don't mind change. When a character evolves over an arch, it feels natural. But forcing change just to get attention is frustrating to me, especially when it involves two things:

1) Character death.

2) Somebody adopting someone else's mantle.

Those have become the two biggest cliches in modern comics.
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