Even when Nathan Richardson was working tech support at a call center in Wilkes-Barre, he dreamed big dreams. As it turned out, so did the guy in the next cubicle.
“In the downtime, there was this guy sitting next to me drawing really magnificent pictures. It took me six months before I actually connected the dots while I was thinking about what to do. I’m like, ‘I have access to somebody who sits next to me that’s a really amazing artist, stuck in a call center like I’m stuck in a call center. I should utilize this. I should go for our dreams,’” Richardson recalled, referring to his now-friend Gaylon Bain.
“Before we went to do comics, I commissioned him to do a couple art pieces myself just to have some to hang on my cube. Then I said, ‘You know what? We should do a comic.’ He was pretty enthusiastic.”
The 28-year-old Edwardsville native, currently living in Maryland, still works in IT, but he’s much closer to his dream of being a writer now than he ever was before. Believing that superheroes are “overdone” and inspired by Garth Ennis’ “Preacher,” along with other dark comics like “Hellblazer” and “Jonah Hex,” Richardson is releasing the second issue of “Perdition’s Edge,” a supernatural tale set in the Old West, on Aug. 24 at Rubber Mallet Comics in West Pittston, a store that supported the comic since the first issue came out in May 2012.
“I decided to sort of combine a little bit of what I’m really interested in – angels and demons, heaven and hell, and sort of blur the lines between what’s actually good and what’s actually evil,” Richardson explained, enjoying his creative freedom but looking to find a publisher down the road.
“The overall judge is the customer. I like that. As for monetarily, that’s not free at all. I actually lose money each issue I print because I’m just not selling as much as I’d like to. Plus, if I actually wanted to make money on these, I’d actually have to sell the comics for at least twice what I’m selling them for now just to pay back the artist. That’s really not my focus. I’m not trying to make money on this. It’s more just fulfilling a passion and actually holding something in my hand that I’ve created, something I’ve wished for since I was in college.”
The King’s College grad said the second issue took so long to come out due to budgetary constraints, but he is hoping to have the third issue out by the end of the year and the fourth by the beginning of 2014. Richardson and Bain will be signing copies of the first two issues and a limited edition poster on Saturday, and Bain will be drawing custom sketch covers for issue two. The comics are available online through perditionsedge.com and facebook.com/PerditionsEdge.
“This is actually going to be the official launch of issue two. I did fulfill the preorders online, but… all the fans of issue one have been waiting over a year to see issue two, and this is something completely new. The colors are different, the style is a little different. I’m just really excited to get it out there and reenergize the fan base,” Richardson enthused.
“Hopefully somebody reads this in this industry and wants to see more of it and would like to hire (us)… That would be a dream come true. The best I can do now is keep pushing, keep building a fan base, all on the grassroots level.
“In the end, it’s definitely worth it.”