Brandon Seifert puts on a monthly clinic in combining modern day action, fantasy and medical drama in the pages of “Witch Doctor.” His lead character, Doctor Morrow, fits the classic archetype of the arrogant medial practitioner who is as good as he says he is, but unlike his modern day fictional MD contemporaries, Morrow deals in the fantastical and the supernatural. Joined by his assistant Eric Ghast, Morrow exorcises a demon out of a child, busts up an attempt by faeries to replace babies and goes on other adventures armed with a series of spells and the legendary Excalibur.
Written by Seifert and drawn by Lukas Ketner, “Witch Doctor” is the first title to be published under Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics not written by Kirkman himself. With the first four-issue miniseries having just wrapped, the first trade coming out in December and a one-shot titled “Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation” on the way, CBR News spoke with Seifert about the origins of Dr. Morrow, his relationship with Ketner and exactly how Kirkman discovered the book.
CBR News: You originally self- and web-published “Witch Doctor” — how did you wind up packaging the book for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint?
Brandon Seifert: Our goal, from when we put out the first “Witch Doctor” story, was to get the book picked up by a publisher. We started out by self-publishing in very small print runs — both so we could have something to sell to try and build a fan base, and so we’d have a calling card for the project, something we could hand to editors. We also put the self-published “Witch Doctor” stories for free online, to make them as easy for people to see as possible.