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Oklahoman aims to create 'Bargain' graphic novel

Comics writer Kara Barrett is raising funds for artwork through Kickstarter
by Matthew Price Published: November 23, 2012

On Black Friday, holiday shoppers will be out searching for bargains. In a planned graphic novel from Oklahoma City writer Kara Barrett, Jackson Connolly just has three days left to break a much more sinister bargain.

Jackson is a traveling salesman in 1955. Twenty years ago, he signed away his soul to pay his mother's gambling debt. But the bill is coming due on New Year's Eve. Jackson's hunt for a way to break the pact leads him to a haunted plantation and then on to New Orleans. With the help of the alluring Creole healer Lissette, Jackson must try to save himself before the stroke of midnight.

Barrett is raising money through Kickstarter to fund the completion of the planned graphic novel, which is expected to run between 65 and 75 pages.

“I'd describe ‘The Bargain' as a supernatural themed graphic novel with ghosts, hellhounds and hoodoo magic set against the moody backdrop of 1950s Louisiana,” Barrett said in an email interview. “It's going to be a dark, fun ride. If you enjoy the paranormal stories, I think you'll like it.”

The artist for “The Bargain” is J.C. Grande.

“J.C. Grande is a full-time comic book artist who has worked for companies like Image Comics, IDW and Arcana Comics,

Barrett said. “He lives in El Salvador, and we work together remotely. I found him earlier this year when I needed a replacement artist for my indie series. He'd doing the pencil and inks. He also did the beautiful cover art.”

Barrett said “The Bargain” began with the concept of a door-to-door salesman who sells unusual objects and spells.

“That was really the seed of the concept,” she said. “From there it morphed and grew into its present day incarnation about a man who is trying to save his soul. I started thinking about the believability of a door-to-door salesman in modern day times and it just didn't fit. That's when it first occurred to me to set the story in the past.”

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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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