So, for those who missed it, Alterna Comics announced yesterday they’ll be releasing ‘Go Home’ a 22 page digital one shot from myself and Andrew Herbst on 24th November via ComiXology.
The story follows a young sailor, Husk, during WW2 as he washes up on a secluded Pacific island after his ship is torpedoed.
The project has been a long time in gestation (because, hey, comics) but I’m incredibly pleased the story is finally getting out there in the capable hands of Alterna Comics.
To give you a quick idea of what to expect from ‘Go Home’ here are bunch of influences on the project.
To The White Sea
This is an unproduced adaptation of a James Dickey novel from the Coen brothers. In it, a B-29 gunner crashes in Tokyo and has to find a way to survive. It’s considered one of the best unproduced screenplays and the kicker is it’s mostly dialogue free.
By doing this, the story takes on a very primal feel, stripping away everything until all that remains is this man’s fight for survival.
The script, if you can find it, is absolutely worth hunting down.
In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton
Back in the dusty nooks of history came a time when I first set out to #makecomics. Being the usual bright-eyed, naieve newcomer I had grand designs of writing a mini-series on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
Most of us know this story from the fantastic Quint monologue at the end of Jaws, but there is far more to it than that (no matter what any recent Nicholas Cage movie will have you believe).
There’s the ship’s chaplain who swam himself into exhaustion whilst attempting to keep everyone’s morale up. Men took turns to keep him above the water until he finally faded away into quiet delerium.
Or the blinded and burnt sailor finding his way off the ship (which sank in 30 minutes after being attacked) by touch alone.
Captain McVay, who received the brunt of the blame for the ship’s sinking, wished to go down with the ship until a freak wave washed him overboard. He survived, was court-martialled and received hateful Christmas cards from relatives of those who had perished. Years later he ended up killing himself - the disaster had claimed another victim.
In Harm’s Way shows us the individual tales of horror, madness and heroism that are peppered throughout the Indianapolis ordeal. It’s a book that reignited a love for war stories and history. The genesis of ‘Go Home’ lives in those pages.
Southern Comfort & Deliverance
Both movies are stripped back thrillers that have misguided outsiders dealing with forces beyond their understanding.
They build on their simple premises to explore big themes, whether it’s the Man Vs. Nature dynamic of Deliverance, or Southern Comfort’s commentary on the Vietnam War.
This is something I’ve attempted with ‘Go Home’, dealing with the impact of war on the psyche and nature itself whilst dealing with Husk’s story.
If any of the above tickle your fancy then it’s likely you’ll enjoy ‘Go Home’ when it hits on 24th November. I can’t wait to see what people think of it.