Disable writer, artist and A Voice in the Dark Issue 1 creator Larime Taylor does some very nice work.
Psychological thrillers are definitely a thing I love. I love wondering if what I think is happening is actually part of reality, or just in the imagination. Larime Taylor poses an age old question: Are you born that way, or were you made that way? And, more importantly: if you were born with less-than-moral tendencies, what defines morality? Showing a very pretty Seattle cityscape, Zoey Aarons, main character of A Voice in the Dark Issue 1, makes a dark confession.
“The summer before I started college, I killed someone. It was my first time.”
In fact, it had been 72 days since Zoey killed someone. And even a thousand mile move to a prestigious all-girls college can’t stop her actions from haunting her thoughts. Nor will it stop her increasingly more prominent homicidal tendencies. Is her anonymous, call-in radio show her only hope for salvation?
If I haven’t convinced you to at least pick up this book yet, get this – Larime Taylor: creator, writer, artists, and everything of A Voice in the Dark Issue 1 is disabled and unable functionally to use his hands. The man created all of this using a Wacom tablet and stylus being held in his mouth. You read that right – all of the artwork was drawn with his mouth. I don’t know about everyone else on the planet, but I can barely walk and drink soda at the same time. I certainly can’t walk, chew gum, and drink soda at once.
Taylor’s Kickstarter campaigns have fared spectacularly well, earning well above initial goals and reaching quite a few stretch goals. His success is truly a statement toward his hard work and dedication to become a recognized comic book creator. Being successful as a comic creator will, he hopes, bring Taylor and his also disabled wife out of a life living from Social Security check to Social Security check.
I particularly enjoyed this comic because of the way in which we see Zoey dealing with her homicidal tendencies. Watching her play out her true emotions in a daydream, and argue with herself in from of the mirror is eye opening to her character. The art is also pretty fantastic – not a whole lot of frills, but very clean line work. And the book left me with an emotional cliffhanger that I’m already impatient about resolving. Be sure to check out this book the next time you stop by the shop – A Voice in the Dark Issue 1.
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