The Indie Comics Spotlight is a series that aims to bring recognition to independent comic books, publishers, and creators deserving of wider recognition. First up is Viktor Kerney’s queer supernatural teen drama, StrangeLore.
Tristian Evans: Hello Viktor! Thank you for taking the time to speak with Geek Vibes Nation about your webcomic, StrangeLore. Could you tell our audience a bit about yourself and your comic?
Viktor Kerney: Well, my name is Viktor. I am a college administrator by day and a creator all the time. In StrangeLore, a tragic incident forces 19-year-old Brandon Hanks to leave Chicago, and live with his grandmother in a sleepy southern town. As he settles into his new home, Brandon meets the cavalier and handsome Jackson Garrett.
The chemistry between the two boys is instantaneous. However, things become complicated when Brandon discovers that Jackson is a descendant of an ancient mythical race. As they get closer, Brandon learns that their pasts are deeply entwined and if he isn’t careful, he could lose more than his willing heart.
StrangeLore combines fantasy, horror, and romance for young adults. It features two queer characters, Brandon and Jackson, who are navigating through a complex world filled with magic and reality.
What made you want to create your own comic? What were some of your inspirations?
I wanted to see myself reflected in a fantasy/horror story. As QTPOC, we’re not featured as main characters in this genre often, so I thought, why not take a crack at it. Some of my inspirations were Stephen King, Chris Claremont, and a few 80s Fantasy/Horror films like Legend, Warlock, and The Guardian.
What are some of the highs of producing your own comic? How do you deal with the lows?
It’s nice to have full control of your content and styling/look of your comic, but it’s time-consuming. You have to be patient with your team and yourself.
What’s it like collaborating with an artist? Are there any difficulties? If so, how do you deal with those?
It’s great when you find an artist you vibe with. You have to build a good rapport and trust in their work. Sometimes, they may see something different in your descriptions, and it may not click with your original idea. It happens, but that’s where communication is key. Find an artist who is great with feedback and willing to be challenged.
What advice do you have for others who aspire to create their own webcomic?
Sit down, map it out, and write it. Do the research on mythologies, and support other creators. They will be great peers and possibly friends.
Where can our audience connect with you online and find your work?
Writer. Video Essayist. Film/TV Critic. Pop Culture Enthusiast.
When he isn’t writing for Geek Vibes Nation or creating content for his YouTube channel, Tristian can be found typing away at the young adult novel he has been working on for three years.