THEY are here and THEY are feeding….Broken solider, damaged cog in the machine of humanity, relentless protector; Monster Hunter or Serial Killer… Meet John Cutter. Welcome to the sleazy underbelly that's his world. Try and keep up…like John always says, “It ain’t a party without tentacles.”
ComicMonsters.com reporter Stephanie Shamblin Gray caught up with the writer of Cutter, K.N. Porter, to ask a few questions about the book.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Can you tell us a little about the story of Cutter and the main characters?
K.N. Porter: I have from the beginning seen Cutter as the bastard child of current events. The monster fetus created from our collective loss of fantasy and the realization that things are so complexly wrong and must be fixed, before it’s too late. John Cutter was once an everyday man, believing the commonly marketed ideals and thoughts that pass for normal. He made sacrifices based on the promise he would be held gently in those hands. Once John became damaged goods he found those same hands trying desperately to conceal him from the masses. All those lovely promises vanished and the collective conscience let him fall through the cracks. Those standard bearers and promise makers that didn’t want to deal with him, having him mess up their wonderful statistics or mucking up their feel good press releases.
The world of the Cutterverse includes a huge array of aspects. We have a Priest main character (Father McManus) encompassing all the intricacies of religion. We also have a Transgender Character (Carmen Dioxide), she befriends John and shows him how to think outside the box. She helps him navigate toward some type of normalcy.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Can you tell us about what inspired you to write about a character like John Cutter?
K.N. Porter: I’ve spent the last seventeen years as part of the societal governing system. I have come to believe that certain parts of these systems are broken. John Cutter represents the countless number of human casualties I’ve witnessed firsthand. On both sides, the societal perceived “good guys” and the “bad guys” help create and shape this entire project, along with the many shades of gray that can’t help but pop up.
Cutter was created to ask people to THINK while having a good old fashioned monster filled time.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: What can our readers expect in terms of blood and gore?
K.N. Porter: There is definitely a huge aspect of violence within the story, although I like to think of it as having a purpose. I base all the monster and subsequent killing of humans AND creatures on real violence faced by a select group every single day. Soldiers, law enforcement, gang members, the poor and displaced, mentally ill, abusers and the abused. They have all put their mark on the story.
BUT my creative team and I do like to have ourselves a bit of fun. We aren’t always trying to be preachy. John’s a monster killer, so heck yeah you get him in his entire squishy tentacle monster killing glory.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: I know that ComicMonsters.com friend Tim Shay is doing one of the covers for the book. Who is doing the interior art and covers?
K.N. Porter: Christopher Gibbs is the other half of my triad. He’s become a friend and creative brother. We’ve spent the last year developing every aspect of John Cutter’s universe. From the monsters to how each character dresses to even the smallest details.
Chris is an amazing artist and creator. His work is just unbelievable; I can’t imagine anyone who could have nailed the feel of how I wanted this comic to look. The man’s inks are just astounding.
The artwork for this book is dirty, gritty and uncomfortable. Just like the story. We wanted to create an atmosphere you feel, not just read and process. The idea is that the artwork can’t be separated from the writing; that you need to experience both to get the full impact is central to our work.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: How many issues are you anticipating in this series?
K.N. Porter: The first story arc will contain six issues. We plan to keep going until John tells his story. Chris and I have already got at least three more six-issue arcs planned and some side books on a few of the main characters.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Where can our readers go for more information on the book?
K.N. Porter: Sure, please stop by our Cutter Facebook page: facebook.com/Cutter2013. Chris is also in the process of setting up Cutter’s very own website, it’s just in the beginning stages now. When it’s up the information will be on our Facebook page.
Of course you can find both of us on Facebook, we would love to hear from comic fans that support independent creators.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Anything else you would like to say about Cutter?
K.N. Porter: This has been an amazing process. Chris and I will been hitting some conventions and would love to meet and discuss our work with everyone.
Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Thank you, and good luck with the book!