Devil on one shoulder – angel on the other. One tells you to do bad things, the other . . . well, you get the idea. Bad news for a recovering alcoholic if the "good" one is MIA. Between a liquor-gulping demon and a mummified cat hell-bent on mucking up his fragile stability with esoteric trappings of Egyptian Gods, it's all about to make our hero's day hit the proverbial fan.
We caught up with creator, Ted McKeever to talk about this upcoming title from Image Comics.
Horror News Network: From the synopsis, it seems like this book will be quite interesting. How did you come up with the concept for this title?
Ted McKeever: My fascination with the various degrees of how the world perceives God and the Devil. In my travels through cities, both in the U.S and abroad, I felt a basis for a series that would be about if some of these Gods from different cultures, were to meet.
That, coupled with how like in those old-timey cartoons there's a little angel and little devil that pop up on a character's shoulders, telling them to do bad or good things. As an adult, I came to realize that what was represented as conscious "rules" are basically just interchangeable individual perspectives.
So I decided to develop MY perspective and this series was born.
Horror News Network: Can you tell us more about the lead character of the book, Chomsky?
Ted McKeever: Basing him on my own personal experiences, Chomsky is a recovering alcoholic, who in his struggles to get and stay sober, finds himself in a world of self-doubt and faithless wandering.
He is literally living day-by-day, making his way hand-to-mouth, so to speak. A vessel both open as well as wary to anything new to his fragile world. The perfect antagonist for the Second Coming, Satan and a host of other Gods and monsters.
Horror News Network: Where does this mummified cat fit in?
Ted McKeever: Well, without giving too much away at this point, he is the representative of another culture that, shall we say, is more inclined to have a feline as its almighty mascot.
Horror News Network: What other creatures and things that go “bump” in the night can we expect to see?
Ted McKeever: A whole lot, actually. A seed-spewing Lucifer is introduced in the second issue.
Then after that, the hellion floodgates are open. Oh, and by the way, the seeds I refer to are NOT of the soil-planting variety.
Horror News Network: What can we expect in terms of blood and guts from this series?
Ted McKeever: I'll put it this way. Everything from nose-bleeds to cataclysms.
Horror News Network: Where can our readers find out more about you and this title?
Ted McKeever: You can go to my home base at: imagecomics.com.
Horror News Network: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Miniature Jesus?
Ted McKeever: Honestly, it's hard for me to put a tag on it. I always find that my work best speaks for itself within itself.
So, if there's anything I can say, it would be, come in, have a seat, bring your brain and an extra pair of underwear, while I plug in the proverbial fan.
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time Ted. Best of luck with this series! Have a comment? Post it below.