Saturday, January 18, 2014

Outcast (Comic) - It's "The Walking Dead Of Exorcisms"

Robert Kirkman, famous for "The Walking Dead", has a new comic coming out named "Outcast". And he recently spoke with IGN about this comic, and gave the following answers to questions about it:
IGN: [Laughs] I have faith it'll (the comic) see print. Could you let us know what it's about?
Kirkman: Sure, Outcast is about a guy named Kyle Barnes, and he is a guy who has been plagued by demonic possession his entire life. He's had a lot of people close to him become afflicted with this phenomenon, and he doesn't really understand why. When we pick up with him in the series, it's a time when he's deciding to learn more about this, to find out why this is happening to him in an effort to fix it so that he can get his life in order.
So he sets out on a journey to figure out what demonic possession is, and along the way, while he is finding more and more about what this thing is, he starts to realize that there's a lot more to it. There's bigger stuff going on behind the scenes that he wasn't aware of. He actually kind of trips into some world-threatening, end-of-the-world stuff that's afoot. So he gets drawn into this much bigger story.
IGN: Can you talk about some of your influences going into this? Any movies or TV or books that you read, or comics?
Kirkman: Well, like The Walking Dead is the zombie movie that never ends, this is kind of another attempt to take a subgenre of horror, the exorcism story, and do sort of a "Greatest Hits" thing with it, like I did with The Walking Dead, but also, bring some new elements and look at things in a very new and different way. So there's a lot of traditional exorcism stuff. There's the kind of stuff you've seen in The Exorcist or all these countless movies that have been out for years and years; there are two or three a year that come out at this point. So there's a lot of tropes and familiar things that you're going to see that makes this an exorcist story, but there's going to be so many new and strange things that come into play that I think it's going to be a celebration of the genre, but also a tearing down of what it is and what actually makes an exorcism story. So it's going to be both things at once.
 The series is also being developed for television.

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