Author: Dave Cook

Killltopia: soundtrack mixtapes released on Spotify

Hi guys, Dave here with a fresh Killtopia update, and something a little bit different this time. Way back last year, artist Craig and I were busy doing early work on both the Killtopia plot and art, and having the occasional Skype call to discuss ideas. When we were working on our respective parts of the series, we’d listen to music to help us get our heads into the neon-drenched, violent and technologically weird world of futuristic Japan. It was a great way of immersing ourselves in how we both interpreted the tone of the world, and I wanted...

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How Ghost in the Shell influenced our comic Killtopia

(by Killtopia creator/writer Dave Cook) -originally posted on the Killtopia Facebook page– This is the first in a series of posts that look at the key cultural influences on our comic series Killtopia, starting with the anime juggernaut Ghost in the Shell. I remember first watching Ghost in the Shell back around 2003 (I was an anime late bloomer), and initially being confused by the philosophy around it – what did it mean to be human? Do machines have the capacity to feel? and so on. I was more of a straight up action kind of guy back then,...

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New to our comic series Killtopia? Here’s a story intro!

If you’re new to our 2018 release Killtopia, I’ve put together a quick story primer just to get you started. It’s spoiler free as well, so don’t worry about any sly reveals. Issue #1 hits Kickstarter on February 2nd, 2018 and is a must for anyone into videogames, anime, manga and action movies. Ready, here goes — Killtopia is a comic series set in a futuristic, neon-scorched Japanese metropolis. In this version of the world, the city is overrun by an infestation of killer Mechs – hulking robots that are slowly terraforming the city into a hostile jungle environment,...

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Dave talks about the future of Vessels and storytelling with AP2HYC

If, like me, you watched the series Lost right up to the very end (and I’m in the minority that enjoyed the ending), you’ll know how juggling multiple open plot threads can cause a great premise to fall apart at the seams. This is the focus of my latest interview with the wonderful comic site A Place to Hang Your Cape, which you can read here: I largely chat with them about keeping a coherent narrative in the context of our second series, the dark fantasy saga Vessels. This is the first comic I wrote that had multiple plots...

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Killtopia #1: our comic’s second art promo is here!

Hello Card Sharks, Dave here proudly unveiling the second Killtopia promo art by Craig Paton and a new character bio. This piece focuses on main character Shinji, an orphan of the Sector K cataclysm that unleashed a horde of killer Mechs onto the city. The city itself is a sprawling Japanese metropolis in the far future, but not so far that we stray into science-fantasy territory. The same cataclysm led Shinji’s sister Omi to fall sick with a fatal nano virus that slowly hollows people out from the inside, unless they can afford expensive treatment to slow (or in...

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