At New York Comic Con 2015 Alterna Comics announced an all-new creator-driven series to release in the spring of 2016. Corktown is set in Detroit and tells the story of of a slain detective whose ghost must stop her soulless, reanimated body as it goes on a city-wide killing spree. The tale explores the idea, what if a person whose body becomes a vampire while their soul becomes a ghost, and how might that person act if they were both. It sounds like an interesting and unique story from Mario Candelaria (Ashes, Épilogue), Scott Ewen (The Sundays, Lightshade, Flight of the Living Dead), and David Ganjamie (Épilogue).
“I’ve always wondered what happened when vampires died,” says writer Candelaria. “Their bodies are still animated, but they are always referred to as ‘being dead’ and that inspired Scott and I to tell this story. I am glad that Alterna gave Scott, Dave, and I an outlet that allows us to tell it our way.”
Bringing a local perspective to the book is artist Scott Ewen, a lifelong Detroit resident. “In the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit is a huge, spooky abandoned train station, and every time I drove past it with my wife she would talk about how she it looked like a setting for a horror movie. I told Mario about it and we had a perfect setting for the story.”
Alterna Comics, who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year, has also brought us graphic novels such as The Chair – which will soon be a feature film, FUBAR, and Mother Russia. Alterna publishes creator-owned comics, meaning the creators own the licensing and merchandising rights to their own creations, which is quite different from how most major comic publishers work. You can get more information about their titles and offers on their site.