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Dr Orange by Joseph Duis

Kickstarter Link :
http://drorangecomic.com

Joseph Duis has written some graphic horror novellas including Bless the Children and The Order of Dracula. I was provided a preview copy of Doctor Orange to review. Dr Orange is a classic horror story with a sense of terror that builds until the final act. You’ll never look at a pumpkin the same way again.

The Kickstarter for Dr Orange is set to run on the 14-Aug-18. Joseph was also kind enough to provide some of his time to answer some questions about his work.

Dr Orange, Joseph Duis, Kickstarter

All you works have elements of horror. What draws you to write in this genre?

As far as what draws me to this type of story, I used to write only comedy but a field trip in middle school inspired a horror plot but I had no idea how to write a horror story. So I started studying up on the genre. I had actually been exposed to universal monsters at a young age in a colouring book of all things but the tone was lost on me. I went back and watched all of those, moved on to Godzilla, King Kong, reading Lovecraft and really started to deconstruct the genre.

When I decided to focus on comics I wanted to focus more on building mood than building a world so I naturally thought of things like Twilight Zone and Tales from the Dark Side. Horror works best when you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Dr Orange, Joseph Duis, Kickstarter

What was your insipiration for Dr Orange?

I wrote the original story in 2011 while I was carving a pumpkin on my porch with a huge kitchen knife. My wife was away at med school at the time and wasn’t going to be home for several hours. It struck me that if I accidentally cut myself that I’d bleed out and die with no one the wiser.

I was all alone, just me and the Jack o’lantern. But if the Jack o’lantern was there, I wasn’t really alone, right? Then it hit me . . . what if the Jack o’lantern was the one who stabbed me? Everyone would think it was an accident but that would be crazy.

Colour is thematically important in Dr Orange. How did you find the colouring process for this work?

The process is more expensive and more time-consuming, but I’m glad we had colours in this particular book. I couldn’t name it Dr. Orange and have it be in black & white! I told our colourist, Maulana Faris, to do it in a fall palette and he went even further and made nearly everything orange, which turned out great. I actually had to talk him out of making the dog orange.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the Kickstarter.

Kickstarter Link :
http://drorangecomic.com

Dr Orange, Joseph Duis, Kickstarter

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