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While the original series was very indicative of its setting — late 80s LA — the new mini moves to the east coast and starts off in New York City. However, the storyline doesn’t remain in one place for long, both geographically and chronologically speaking. “The new series takes place all over the world — just wait and see,” Chaykin said. “It covers the entirety of the 20th century, and the beginning of the 21st, thus dovetailing with the original in a number of places.”
When it came time to nailing down a publisher for the sequel, Chaykin told CBR news that after fielding offers for years, his ultimate decision to offer “Black Kiss II” through Image was not a difficult one to settle on, and for a very simple reason. “Image was the only company that was more than willing to do exactly what I wanted to do.”
Declaring that he never had any question about creating the new “Black Kiss” story in the same black and white as the original, Chaykin explained his process when writing and drawing a miniseries like this. “I write first, then develop the visuals after, since I no longer deliver pencils,” Chaykin said. “I’m a brand, and my clients had better have a good idea what to expect of me at this late date. I do deliver a full script, identical in form, length, structure and content to those I deliver for other artists to illustrate.”
With regard to “Black Kiss'” rather infamous reputation due to the numerous sexual scenarios’ graphic depiction, Chaykin simply doesn’t feel the need to top himself with the sequel. “I’ve always felt that the shock expressed was more of the hypocritically dutiful, ‘I should be appalled by this or my (girl)friend(s) will think I’m a degenerate variety,'” Chaykin said. “You know, like all that adultery and other inappropriate sexual behavior practiced in all those Bible-belting Red States.”
As for the rumors online that “Black Kiss II” has been held up in the UK by British Customs, the artist said, “At this point, I know as much as you do.” He went on to explain that if there are any problems getting the book to British fans, he’s awaiting word from Image Comics via Diamond Comics Distributors about the delay. “They’re management. I’m labor.” At press time, Image had no comment to share.
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