A tease, and then a comment, and then another tease.
One of the questions I posed to Drake at Medusariffic was “what of you work was your proudest of?” He answered me thus:
Now it’s perhaps unfair of me to ask questions only without answering a few myself. My own question to me would be, “What among Drake’s work gave you most joy?”
I think the answer up until now would lie in a sequence that lies within a hundreds-of-panels-long sequence Drake created as a Halloween special a few years back. The premise behind the narrative is that a bunch of Drake’s cast of characters gets together for a big Halloween party. Everyone dresses up in costume and then runs about playing a very literal version of freeze tag — get caught and you get turned into the statue.
One guest at the party is named Venus Red. A newbie at the whole “turning people into statues” thing, she witnesses going-on from the shadows and finds herself…strangely attracted to the proceedings.
Perhaps inevitably there comes a moment of seduction.
Why was this moment so special for Faustus? Well, I guess there is just this thing I have for a certain kind of moment of truth. It’s the moment where the beautiful girl decides to take make the leap — defying all canons of prudence and normality — into the great erotic beyond. I guess it shows up over and over in my own writing.
(Lots like I put in a little sneak preview of my own for Apsinthion Protocol there…) Of course, Drake managed to top himself with a special moment for Faustus at the end of the forthcoming issue.
What is it? Well, I’m not giving it away — you need to drop by starting on May 1 and see.