While attending this year’s Comic-Con International I was able to sit down with an outstanding talent, the one and only Larime Taylor.
UTF: We’re talking about A Voice in the Dark, are you calling the next release Season 2 or Volume 2?
Larime Taylor: What we’re doing moving forward will be done in minis. So I’m kind of borrowing from the Lock & Key method as each one will be A Voice in the Dark with a different subtitle. So the next one’s going to be A Voice in the Dark: Get Your Gun.
UTF: We saw hints of a certain event in our young potential serial killer’s life and at the end of the previous volume she finally went through with it.
Larime Taylor: You see the aftermath in issues #3 and #4 as she’s cleaning up.
UTF: To finally see the act happen in real time, how was that?
Larime Taylor: I’m happy that I did it the way I did it. To be completely honest, as an artist, I don’t know if I was at the level necessary to pull it off earlier. #7 is very light on dialogue and text. It’s mostly action, which is a big change for me. It was freeing in a way, as I finally got to take off the training wheels and show rather than tell. Artistically at that point, I was able to let the pictures do the talking and not have to rely so much on my writing to carry the story. I was able to visually tell it and come across in the way that I wanted it to. That was really cool. There was a real sense of success and accomplishment in that.
UTF: I believe, if I remember correctly, she gets a letter following all that directly from a particular guy.
Larime Taylor: She gets fan mail from a character we’ve not seen directly yet, but there have been bits and pieces of him, like a hand, or the back of his head, things like that. He’s another killer in town that leaves her a little letter at the radio station.
UTF: Following that where do you see the character, Zoey Aarons, going in the next volume?
Larime Taylor: Dealing with all of the fallout of that and where it goes is what the next arc is really going to be about. Plot-wise, it’s focusing on the immediate aftermath of what she just did. This one isn’t as consequence free as the first time. But who that other killer is, and the role that he plays, is the B plot of the next arc. You will actually get to see him in full stage presence and screen time with her in the first issue. And when that finally happens you’ll find out who he is and what his deal is.
UTF: One last question. As you enter the next round if you were to pitch it to someone that say, didn’t pick up the first volume how would you sell it to them?
Larime Taylor: I would encourage them to check out the trailer that we just put up. I wrote the script for it, and I was really lucky and got the incredibly awesome Jon Bailey who does the voice-overs for Screen Junkies Honest Trailers. My sister, who is a video expert, put together a really nice sequence of images from the comic. I think it really does a good job of selling what’s unique about it and why people might want to check it out.
But going forward, the next arc is in color. It’s a little tighter paced. It’s not as much set up. It’s now getting into the action of where things are going. But if you’re wanting a comic that’s not like most other books on the shelf, that’s more character driven, that has realistic depictions of people, and not hyper exaggerated or over-sexualized women and men with cookie cutter bodies. If you’re looking for something a little more real, a little more gritty, I think you found it and you’ll like it.
I want to take the time to thank Mr. Larime Taylor for chatting with me. It was a great pleasure to dive into A Voice in the Dark and here’s hoping for another barrage of issues all building to another outstanding climax.
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