Saturday, October 16, 2021

Acer Bloodgood:


Packed with psychic undead, paranormal investigations, and distinctive artwork—Screwtooth is the story of Wren and her gang of paranormal investigators. Then, Occult Crimes Taskforce, backed by up-and-coming actress Rosario Dawson, takes to the field in Manhattan, which turns out to be a hotbed of evil energy.



Trippy tales of goth misanthropy, bad parenting form, and the psychic undead rise from the fields of Screwtooth Cemetery where Wren and her gang of paranormal investigators plumb the secret lives of the dearly and not-so-dearly departed for wisdom and fulfillment.

Writer/artist Black Olive (a.k.a. Los Angeles-based painter Lesley Reppeteaux) has a distinctly unhinged and addled vision; Screwtooth hums with kooky energy and free spirit. Olive/Reppeteaux enlivens the gray scale illustration with doodly details and background bits worth lingering over without obscuring the fundamental sadness and ugliness propelling the visual narrative forward.







Occult Crimes Task Force

A thematic hybrid of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files, OCT represents another addition to the occult crime genre. It turns out the Indians weren’t fools when they sold Manhattan for a bagful of beads and sea shells: the island happens to be a nexus of mystical, evil energy. And wouldn’t you know it, the NYPD has a secret division of law enforcement to deal with magic, monsters and witches.

Tony Shasteen’s spare, atmospheric illustration calls to mind the work Lauren McCubbin with its reliance on compelling realism and moody facial expression. Co-written by indie film actress Rosario Dawson, OCTF appears ripe for a film option.








Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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