Usually, a voice in the dark is something you run away from. You run very far and very fast. Very rarely do you actually go towards the mysterious voice, unless it's the name of a series from a reputable publisher such as Image Comics. That's right: A Voice in the Dark #1 has managed to shed the creepiness associated with it and be a hit for writer and artist Larime Taylor.
“The idea was to fund a single issue as a submission package, to show that I can do the whole package and finish a project,” explained Taylor, when asked why he decided to use Kickstarter as a vehicle for the idea. “That’s exactly what I did, and why publishers were interested in it. I gave them a finished book instead of five pages of art and a synopsis. I wouldn’t be here if not for the backers of that Kickstarter.”
Detailing the story of serial killer Zoey as she embarks on her freshman year of college and tries to control her dark killing urges, A Voice in the Dark #1 is the first in the new ongoing series and took a more circuitous route to publication than most. Taylor wrote, drew, toned, and lettered the book using his mouth and a Wacom Cintiq tablet donated to him by the Wacom company.
“I draw on a tablet screen with the stylus in my mouth. I’ve been drawing with my mouth since I was four years old, but drawing digitally has really freed me,” said Taylor, who was born with Arthrogryposis, a birth defect which severely limits the use of his arms and legs. “Because I can zoom in and out, rotate images, move them around, I’m no longer restricted by the limited reach and range of my neck, or by the fact that I draw smoother lines horizontally than I do vertically.”
A Voice in the Dark #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores, and is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web, iOS, and Android. Image Comics is pleased to announce that this first issue will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of A Voice in the Dark #1 (Diamond Code OCT138157) will release on 12/18. A Voice in the Dark #2 releases 12/18 and is available for pre-order with Diamond Code OCT130632.
Full press release below.