So what would you do if the Rapture, the biblical end of the world as foretold in Revelation, came to pass? Raven and Mummy go on a roadtrip! To read the 24 page comic for free go here.
The backstory: a year ago, when An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil came out, I posted one entry a day to the faux blog. On it was an online poll that asked readers if they thought the character Lilith was really a demoness or just delusional: I said that I’d write a spin-off story depending on how the vote went. Of the 500 people who weighed in, 55% of you thought she was unholy rather than unhinged.
While I was touring with Unspeakable Evil, Bush took the election in the States and it seemed hard to get weirder and more sinister than real life. But it made me think about the Rapture and how a lot of the religious right believe that it will literally happen. What if it did happen? It’d be a pretty wild post-apocalyptic tale straight out of the comic books.
And as it happened, at the end of Unspeakable Evil, Kate and Bruce start working on a comic book together called The Bold Explorers. Montreal illustrator Michel Lacombe stepped up to the plate and together we’ve made that 24-page comic, and one of my geek-boyhood dreams has been realized.
If you’d rather hold the thing in your hands, you can. As an experiment I’ve made The Bold Explorers available for sale through lulu.com, a print-on-demand service. I uploaded it last week and have a copy in my hands today. It was free for us to upload, and the comic is sharply printed on nice quality paper. However, it’s a bit pricey: with shipping, it comes out to $9 US or (choke) $15 Canadian. Michel and I get about a dollar of that to split.