DayBlack #5
DayBlack #5

DayBlack #5

DayBlack

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

30 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: ebook: PDF, Fixed Layout EPUB, Fixed Layout KF8

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Publication Date: August 2015

ISBN 9781495623158

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Overview

Nominee:Best Writer and Best Male Character, Glyph AwardsBeneath the polluted clouds of DayBlack, Georgia, exists a murderer. After hundreds of years of killing to survive, he no longer wants to simply exist . . . he wants to live. DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day. Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he's been having that are causing him to fall asleep at the most awkward times (even while he's tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his dreams, someone from his past returns with plans for him—plans that will threaten his new way of life and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.

Author Biography

My name is Keef Cross, and I am a father/tattoo artist/painter/graphic novelist. I was born in Gary, Indiana, and moved to Atlanta when I was five. Tattooing pays the bills, but my true passion is painting and illustration. While I did attend art college, I feel that my art benefited more from life experience, music, and film. I don't make decidedly “black art.” It just so happens that the subjects of my pieces are black people, but not in the same cultural backdrops that the rest of the world is used to seeing us in.My pieces rarely have a meaning or purpose until they are completed. Even then, I'd rather not disclose my personal intentions for them, but rather have the viewer tell me what they see. In my opinion, whatever they take from it is what it was always meant to be.I started tattooing 13 years ago when a friend suggested that I show my drawings to a local shop owner. He liked my work, and I began my apprenticeship. Over the years, tattooing has introduced me to a wide range of people and unique characters, some of which led me to start working on my comic book, DayBlack, which is about a vampire tattoo artist.A lot of my ideas for the book come from different situations I've found myself in over the years that a lot of tattooists and customers can relate too. And in my book, I get to say things that I never could to a customer, so it's therapy, and also very confessional. My name is Keef Cross, and I am a father/tattoo artist/painter/graphic novelist. I was born in Gary, Indiana, and moved to Atlanta when I was five. Tattooing pays the bills, but my true passion is painting and illustration. While I did attend art college, I feel that my art benefited more from life experience, music, and film. I don't make decidedly “black art.” It just so happens that the subjects of my pieces are black people, but not in the same cultural backdrops that the rest of the world is used to seeing us in.My pieces rarely have a meaning or purpose until they are completed. Even then, I'd rather not disclose my personal intentions for them, but rather have the viewer tell me what they see. In my opinion, whatever they take from it is what it was always meant to be.I started tattooing 13 years ago when a friend suggested that I show my drawings to a local shop owner. He liked my work, and I began my apprenticeship. Over the years, tattooing has introduced me to a wide range of people and unique characters, some of which led me to start working on my comic book, DayBlack, which is about a vampire tattoo artist.A lot of my ideas for the book come from different situations I've found myself in over the years that a lot of tattooists and customers can relate too. And in my book, I get to say things that I never could to a customer, so it's therapy, and also very confessional. Keef Cross is a tattoo artist, painter, illustrator, and graphic novelist. He lives in Atlanta.