I.C.U. spoke to Mike Murphy about his dark western comic Deepwell: The Caliber Of Death - Now In Demand on Indiegogo
What was the inspiration for Deepwell?
There are a bunch of inspirations for Deepwell. It started a few years ago when I did a rewatch of Deadwood. The thought occurred to me "what would happen if the Lone Ranger suddenly rode into town?" From there as the book developed little by little, I fleshed out The Gray Devil, and realized he needed to be a mix of all vigilantes. There's a bit of the Lone Ranger in him, as well as Hooded Justice, the Black Hood, the Punisher, Batman, The Shadow, and more. As for the Blocke's, I really wanted to build up a Shakesperian-level family drama in the vein of Game Of Thrones (minus season 8 lol).
People seem to think a western is a hard sell. Were you at all concerned when approaching the genre?
Not initially, no- but now I'm seeing the issue a bit more clearly! I think they are a tough sell, and that's only magnified in comics. That being said, I think the main issue is finding a really good hook. If you can present the audience with something undeniably entertaining, they'll join you for the ride no matter the genre. Just look at the Red Dead series, and Westworld (season 1). I think people care about good stories more than anything. Genre is only a barrier if you're not knocking their socks off.
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