A traveling salesman finds himself facing a supernatural penalty for a bargain he struck in a story set in 1955 New Orleans. The graphic novel “The Bargain,” written by Edmond’s Kara Barrett, has been released digitally on the Comixology platform.
“‘The Bargain’ is a supernatural, noir adventure story set in 1950s Louisiana,” Barrett said in an email interview. “It’s about a man named Jackson Connolly who has sold his soul and is trying desperately to win it back. It’s moody tale filled with hellhounds, hoodoo and ghosts.”
Barrett raised funds to complete the graphic novel through Kickstarter. J.C. Grande illustrated the book, and Kirsten Thompson helped edit the script. In addition to writing, Barrett did most of the production, lettering and editing for the final book.
Barrett said supernatural tales have enduring appeal.
“I think a big part of the appeal comes from the idea of escaping the mundane world of our everyday lives, which is basically why stories of any nature exist,” she said. “Maybe it’s because supernatural stories allow us to believe in the possibility that there is more to this world than what we can see. They defy logic. They simultaneously thrill and scare us.”
Print copies of “The Bargain” will be available from Barrett at conventions and via online order in a few months.
Barrett said she plans to begin work on a “Bargain” sequel this summer, but she’s staying busy with other projects as well.
“I also recently finished a script for a new supernatural graphic novel, ‘Hell Paso,’” she said. “It’s a campy, action-packed story about the end of the world. This book is a collaboration between myself and Trusted Cape productions.”
She said she learned along the “Bargain” process that creating a graphic novel is a lot of work that requires great partners and a good deal of project management. But the finished product is worth it. She also said adaptability was key to creating the project.
“One of the valuable lessons I learned creating this book was to be flexible in my creative process,” she said. “Things don’t always work out according to plan, and sometimes you need to make edits or be open to the happy accidents that happen along the way.”