CINCINNATI, Ohio (Jan. 6, 2016) – Fulfilling a lifelong dream of publishing a comic book following 22 years of honorable military service, a duo based in Belgium and New York are debuting their first printed comic book with Headshrinker’s Press today!
Jason Tudor, now living in upstate New York, recently finished work on his comic book, “Vorpal,” with his European-based partner Keith Houin. Tudor wrote and illustrated the comic. Houin co-wrote the comic. The book is published by Headshrinker’s Press, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The 28-pages of “Vorpal” are a culmination of things incomplete since a visit to the Lemon Grove Book Store in Southern California, Tudor said. As a teenager, comic books were undergoing a period of change, with many independent publishers rising up to challenge Marvel and DC Comics’ place at the top.
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“And there were all these really wonderful titles that inspired me and others to think about a career in comics,” said Tudor, who, after leaving Providence as a child grew up a U.S. Navy brat in Southern California. “Something flipped a switch and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
His path, however, changed and he joined the Air Force in 1987. Instead of panels filled with ink and color, Tudor focused on his military career. Still, comics were close to him.
“I enjoyed my military service a great deal and wanted my energy to go into serving my country. Drawing and writing comics were still a hobby,” said Tudor, who ended up serving 21 years. He met Houin as a result of his military service. The two met shortly before they retired from service and realized they had similar interests.
“We just clicked,” Houin, a 22-year Air Force Veteran, said of his relationship with Tudor. “We always wanted to do something together and, eventually, that something became ‘Vorpal.’”
Vorpal grew from an idea Tudor had in 2010. The project began in earnest in late 2014. Final illustrations wrapped up October 2015.
Unlike many comic books, Tudor and Houin made finished pages available online each week. Now, those first pages have been collected into a printed edition. Tudor said there is new artwork and revisions to the print version unavailable online.
“We had an outline and we started writing the scripts. The initial stuff stunk and we knew it. We eventually revised until we got somewhere we liked. The first issue reaches that goal,” Houin said. “It’s exciting to hold that first issue in your hand; the end of the first part of the journey, but that’s not the end of the journey. It’s just the start, really, and we hope people will join us as we go along.”
If they stick with their plan, Tudor said there are about 300 pages of “Vorpal” outlined, about another 14 comic books. Of those, three more are fully scripted and will be drawn over the next 12 to 18 months, which will wrap up the first story arc for the book. All of this is done while Tudor and Houin continue to work full-time jobs and raise families.
Nichi Hawkins, co-publisher for Headshrinker’s Press, said that he and partner Landon Faulkner welcomed “Vorpal” to their line of comics with open arms.
“We were excited by the project and where it could go. Plus, it fit into our larger goal as an independent small publisher,” Hawkins said. “Vorpal rocks and we’re excited to see another great comic book join our family.”
“Headshrinker’s has passion, they’re agile and they bring the same sensibilities we do to creating comic books. We love being onboard and having them help us fulfill that part of our journey,” Tudor said.
Print and digital copies of the comic are available in our shop.