Cut follows a group of young actresses as they audition for the lead in a biopic about their favorite movie star, Scarlet Scarbrough. The director holds the final auditions over a few nights in Scarbrough's Hollywood home, where the girls start disappearing one by one.
In Cut I hope to explore themes related to the media's effect on identity, especially how film and television affect young women. Do we take on some of the personal burdens of our heroes when we take on their likeness? That may be a little heady if you just want a good slasher story, but I assure you there's mutants and eye gouging and stuff like that in there, too.
Cut is a self-contained story clocking in at around thirty pages of high-contrast black and white presented in manga-style format so as to fit more easily with your VHS tapes than with your superhero comics.
An 80's Slasher Film on Paper
CUT was inspired by my affection for some of the weirder slasher flicks of the 80's. Though I love Freddy and Jason and Michael Myers, it's movies like The Stepfather, The Mutilator, and Alone in the Dark (1982) that really get me going.
In The Stepfather, Terry O'Quinn (LOST) plays a dude who goes around marrying divorcees and widows, and eventually killing the whole family before moving on to the next single mother. In Alone in the Dark, Jack Palance plays a killer who's not necessarily evil, just disturbed and confused. The Mutilator is all about a father taking revenge on his son for accidental matricide.
The lower budgets and indifference to critical reception meant that these movies were allowed to be very weird, to explore twisted characters in an entertaining way. Plus, it was always fun watching creative directors find ways to explore and innovate within a genre that comes with a pretty strict set of rules.
What Makes Me So Special?
I'm the writer and artist behind Spooky, a Tales from the Crypt-influenced horror/humor strip that runs in the Austin, Texas-based Rocksalt Magazine.
I was a contributor to James Harvey's Bartkira project, mashing up Akira with characters from The Simpsons.
I showed some of my work to Bernie Wrightson at the STAPLE convention and he didn't tell me to beat it, so I've got that going for me.
Plus I've seen A Nightmare On Elm St. Part III: The Dream Warriors like twelve times.
Risks and challenges
The artwork is totally finished and ready to go, it's just a matter of putting the story in print. Should anything go wrong during printing and shipping, I plan to print the whole thing on my desktop, staple it together, and deliver every copy by hand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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