Tulsa comic-book artist Dustin Evans has launched a new comic-book series, “Hooligan.” The first issue of the digital comic, published by Viper Comics, is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
“‘Hooligan' is a Midwestern, antihero, sci-fi epic with a dash of horror,” Evans said in an email interview. “I jokingly call Hooligan a Midwestern Batman, but that's actually pretty accurate. It's a story of a real person that has no super powers.”
Hooligan is actually Rex, a father and husband who is struggling to keep his farm afloat during the current economic turmoil.
“When something strange begins happening in his hometown, and everything precious to him is threatened, Rex takes matters into his own hands with vigilante justice with a persona that becomes known as ‘Hooligan,'” Evans said.
Kansas-based writer C. Michael Hall (“Helldorado”), one of the founding partners of Ape Entertainment, brings his talents to the book, as well. He was originally approached by Evans as a possible letterer for the comic.
“All I had at the time were concepts and the basic scenario for Hooligan,” Evans said. “When Mike saw what I had, he asked if he could write the Hooligan comic books as well as letter them. I immediately jumped at the chance to have Mike at the literary helm.”
Hall and Evans first teamed up in 2004 on the Ape Entertainment all ages book, “Go-Go Gorilla and the Jungle Crew.” “Hooligan,” however, is much darker in tone.
“With ‘Hooligan' we are definitely going after a more mature crowd,” Evans said. “If you like comic books like ‘Spawn' and ‘Sin City' ... this is your kind of comic book.”
Evans and Hall plan to make Hooligan especially appeal to those in the middle of the country.
“My biggest inspiration and driving force behind making Hooligan was to give the Midwest and Southern area their own comic book hero,” Evans said. “New York has Spider-Man. Gotham has Batman ... so we need a hero too. Plus, as anyone in ‘our neck of the woods' will tell you, a dark and empty stretch of road in the South is every bit as scary as a dark alley in New York.”
The first “Hooligan” arc is three issues. The first issue is available now; the second issue is set for November, and the third in December.
“After the comics are released, ideally I would like to get Hooligan made into a movie, and I would really like for it to be made right here in Oklahoma,” Evans said. “As long as people keep buying ‘Hooligan' comics, we will keep making them.”
Evans will be promoting “Hooligan” at upcoming conventions in the area, including Wizard World Austin in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 26-28 and OafCon in Oklahoma City on Nov. 10-11. For more information about “Hooligan,” visit www.hooligancomic.com or www.vipercomics.com.
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