Supernatural Series ‘Hell to Pay’ #1 By Soule, Sliney And Rosenberg Will Be Created Live On Twitch
by Olly MacNamee
Charles Soule (Undiscovered Country) and artist Will Sliney (Spider-Man, Star Wars) are joining forces for a new Image comic book series coming next summer. And they’ll be producing the a good deal of it live on Twitch! Along with colour artist Rachelle Rosenberg, the creation process for Hell to Pay #1 will be streamed and document regularly on Sliney‘s Twitch channel as well as Rosenberg’s.
“The live streams documenting the creation of the upcoming adventure/fantasy series will showcase Sliney’s technique, give a sneak peek into the comic making craft, and provide fans with an opportunity to order a collectible first printing of the series—months before its official launch in Summer 2021.”
A supernatural story that’s one part Indiana Jones and another part Hellboy, follows married couple Maia and Sebastian Stone, working as indentured servants to the mysterious Shrouded College. There they are tasked to use various magical artifacts and abilities to track down and remove from earthly circulation six hundred and sixty-six coins of the currency used in Hell… qurrakh… aka the Devil’s Dollar.
“Each coin can buy the services of a demon, and they have wreaked havoc across the globe ever since a damned soul escaped Hell centuries ago with a sack of them over his shoulder. Maia and Sebastian are on the cusp of retrieving the last few coins when everything falls apart. Their planned life together, free from their debts to the Shrouded College, suddenly seems very distant indeed, and the world now hangs in the balance.”
Both Soule and Sliney provided statements supporting this ingenious new way of making comics.
Soule has this to day about the new project:
“Hell to Pay is a combination of a lot of things I love and one thing I don’t: supernatural adventure, treasure hunt stories, and the harsh consequences of late-stage capitalism! I think there’s a lot to say about money — everyone on earth is affected by cash in one way or another. Looking at it through a demonic lens is a fun way to play with the concept. I’m also so excited to try something new by creating the book live on Twitch. Will and Rachelle are fantastic—this will be like being in a band, performing live every night as we come up with new ideas and implement them right then and there. I can’t wait—especially to do it in front of an audience. Scary? Maybe a little—but I do love a challenge.”
“Comics are always evolving, as are the methods of creating them. I’m excited to be part of doing something genuinely new with this book, opening up the process of drawing the book for people to join us and learn both the craft and how we create the story. It’s an opportunity for people to get to know the characters before they read the book, and to connect with the whole process, which will hopefully make us all enjoy reading it when it comes out even more.”
Hell to Pay #1 will be available in the Summer of 2021 from Image Comics.