Pariah, Missouri, the graphic novel series will be concluding with book 3, set to launch on Kickstarter the spring of 2016.
“I wanted to do something special with the conclusion of the series,” says writer and creator Andres Salazar. When asked about why it’s taken longer than originally planned he responded, “Jose is a brilliant artist and he has been very busy. He’s the type of artist that doesn’t just do comics, he’s a bon vivant, travels to Europe, wine and dines and is talented in just about every medium. I didn’t want to use a different artist for the final book, so I wanted to wait until he was ready to come back to my world of Pariah.”
Pariah, Missouri was originally conceived as being a series of five books, but now has been pushed back to three, Andres explains, “Yeah I thought that 5 was a good number and I have plenty of stories to go all the way out that far, but I started to realize last year that five books is a lot to commit to one genre, and while I love the American frontier and westerns, I want to be able to work on other projects in different mediums and types of storytelling. Once I get the pencils from Jose, I do everything else from coloring, lettering, and book design. As well as the tradepaperbacks the collectors hardcovers each have full commentary, so all this takes a lot of time and I have so many interests I want to tell other stories and time is the one commodity I have the least of. I might go back to Pariah stories in a few years, but I am excited to end this with a bang. It won’t be a happy go-lucky story, but I believe it’s the best one yet.”
Talking a little bit more about book three titled Stone-Aged Pagans, “Stone-Aged Pagan refers to the Indian nations near Missouri. I call them Indians and not Native Americans because that’s what they refer themselves as. I recently went to a sweat lodge and met some member of the Lakota tribe and they called themselves Indians, I was surprised by that, so I’m using it, sorry for the digression. So book three, like book one and two is taking a subgenre of the horror tropes. Book one was a vampire-like story. Book 2 is a cult story and book 3 is a monster-in-the-woods story. I won’t talk about the monsters more than that and spoil it, but we are going to be focusing on Toro and his journey in this one. The pacing is different too, this is the action-movie.”
When asked what else is in the plans for Pariah and Andres he said, “Well, after this final kickstarter for the book, I might be throwing in the Pariah card game, Seerstone and I’m also addicted to this game called TIME Stories published by Space Cowboys. I am working on a scenario for that gaming system with the Pariah world. We found the Pariah RPG to be a big hit, so I wanted to use that role-playing type of elements to this boardgame, it’s going to be awesome, and free!”
Stay tuned to www.decadebrothers.com and look out for the Pariah, Missouri book 3 Kickstarter this spring.