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Friendly 'Death' heads for Tulsa Comic Expo

Edmond writer-artist crafts post-apocalyptic horror/comedy hybrid.
by Matthew Price Published: May 9, 2014
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A first-year convention in Tulsa is drawing creators from the Oklahoma City area, including writer-artist Tyler Kelting, who created the comic book series “My Friend Death.”

Kelting, 25, is from Edmond. The second print issue of “My Friend Death” was released this week. The online comic continues at www.myfrienddeath.com.

“I started off drawing the character Death,” Kelting said.

“It started with sketches, but he morphed into such a cool character, visually, that I felt like I couldn’t let him go to waste. So I began writing scenarios and characters that he would interact with, and the comic just spawned from these events.”

The supernatural character of Death is charged with starting the apocalypse.

But Death falls asleep at his desk, and 1,000 years later, the world is in bad shape.

Monsters and zombies roam the Earth as mankind hides in small settlements. Death realizes he’s caused this situation and puts it on himself to set it right.

“It’s funny, gruesome, and everything in between,” Kelting said. “It’s a book that features violence and horror themes without ever being too dark, and it never takes itself seriously. It’s just an all-around fun ride.”

Brian “Buck” Berlin, of New World Comics in Oklahoma City, who hosted the second issue release party, said there are lots of fans for comics in the horror-comedy vein.

“He shows a lot of promise,” Berlin said.

Kelting’s comics interests have always run slightly to the supernatural.

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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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IF YOU GO

Tulsa Comic Expo

•What: Mixed-genre convention with comics, science-fiction, horror, anime and more.

•When: Friday through Sunday.

•Where: Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, 6808 S 107th E Ave.

•Tickets: 3-day tickets are $50 at the door.

•Info: www.tulsacomicexpo.com.

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