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Oklahoma City writer, artist create sci-fi epic ‘Nadir’s Zenith’

by Matthew Price Published: November 2, 2012
Jackson Compton, left, and Jerry Bennett.  Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman.
Jackson Compton, left, and Jerry Bennett. Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman.

Two Oklahoma City comic-book creators will release the second issue of their sci-fi epic comic book next weekend.

Writer Jackson Compton and artist Jerry Bennett will debut “Nadir’s Zenith” No. 2 at OAFcon, taking place Nov. 10 and 11 at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S Meridian.

“This is set 100 years in the future,” Compton said in a recent interview. “It’s a space cop story.”

Bennett talked about some of the inspirations for the comic.

“It’s a ‘Blade Runner’ meets ‘Firefly’ kind of sci-fi adventure of a space marshal,” Bennett said.

Compton originally developed “Nadir’s Zenith” as a novel. After he and Bennett met at SoonerCon in 2010, the pair decided to work on a project together. Bennett wasn’t as interested in the original horror property Compton pitched him, but when he heard the concept of “Zenith,” he perked up.

“I had been wanting to do a science fiction comic for a long time,” he said.

After exchanging several emails, the pair sat at a restaurant for an entire day, hashing out specifics of the planned plot, design and storyline.

“I laid out the story, all the characters, the universe, the layers within layers of things, and how all of this correlates to this story arc,” Compton said. Compton is credited as the writer, creator and letterer of “Nadir’s Zenith.” Bennett is the artist, inker and designer.

The space police are an autonomous group in “Nadir’s Zenith,” hired by the corporations that govern space. The comic, set in the year 2112, looks at mankind’s quest to the stars, which has increased at a record pace since the discovery of hyperspace technology. In deep space, corporations make up the off-world governments; they are policed by the Intergalactic Peace Corps.

“You have all of these corporations that are running everything, and there’s no more governments other than on Earth,” Compton said. “Everything else is governed by corporations. And so you have to have a governing body that kind of polices them. That’s pretty much what I built the story around.”

The lead character of the comic book series is Captain John Nadir, an IPC space marshal.

“I liked the play on words, and I decided I wanted an Arabic character,” Compton said. He was also inspired by Faran Tahir’s turn as Captain Robau in 2009′s “Star Trek.”

“If they ever make a movie, he’s got to play the role,” Compton said.

“Nadir’s Zenith” is available at area comic-book stores and online at indyplanet.com. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/NadirsZenith.

- By Matthew Price
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From Friday’s The Oklahoman


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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