Returning to the Dark Corners of Scotland With SINK

This is "Went to Tell Everybody," where I spotlighted different cool independent comic book series based on submissions from the indie comic book creators themselves via a set Q & A with the creators themselves. Essentially, the creators speak for their own work and "Went to Tell Everybody" will give them a place to do so!

This is a ostensibly an ongoing weekly feature, so if you would like to see your work spotlighted, as well, there's no time limit or anything like that. So you can submit at any time. It's not a first come/first serve thing, ya know? However, sending your comic in isn't a guarantee that I'll run a spotlight on it. I'm not gonna just promote anything on here, ya know? So if we go a while without an edition of this feature, it is because I don't have something that I'm okay with putting my name on a spotlight of it. Click here for the current submission guidelines.

Today, we look at SINK, by John Lees and Alex Cormack, a crime/horror anthology series set in a fictional city in Scotland that is now launching its second volume.

You can get a copy of the latest issue here.

What is your comic about?

SINK is a series of standalone pulp crime/horror tales, each one connected by the shared location of Sinkhill, a nightmarish, forgotten district in Glasgow, Scotland. This latest chapter, SINK #6: "Death and the Midden," is about a woman who wakes up in the back of a blue van, being terrorised by a gang of terrifying killer clowns. She escapes from them, and over the course of a single rain-drenched night, has to fight for her survival.

What made you choose to use the comic book medium for this story?

First off, I love comics, and so the comic book medium is always where I default to when thinking of a story to tell! But in particular, with this one of the major starting points was classic crime comics like SCALPED, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, SIN CITY, stories very much rooted in a sense of place. I wanted to do something like that, only for my native Glasgow... albeit a twisted funhouse mirror version of Glasgow!

What aspect of your comic are you most proud of?

I'm proud of lots of things about the comic, and the work Alex Cormack, Shawn Lee and the rest of our collaborators have done with it, so it's hard to name just one. But if I want to pick one aspect I'm particularly proud of, it's that it seems like every chapter so far has been somebody's favourite. We've told a wide range of stories over the course of the series, often wildly differing in tone, and the standard thing with anthologies is that you have some hits and some misses. So I'm glad that there has been an audience for every one of our stories thus far, and that they've resonated with people in some way.

What’s the one piece of philosophy and/or advice that has informed your comic book work the most?

I'd say that the thing that has guided me most true over the course of my career is to write what I want to write, tell the stories I genuinely feel passionate about, and create the comics that I, as a comic fan, would want to read. SINK (much like AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE before it) was rejected by multiple publishers on the basis of being a hard sell, of there being no market for it. But I pushed on and made those books anyway because they were what me and the rest of the creative team wanted to make. And because WE were so passionate about, I think that enthusiasm came across in the selling of the book, or maybe we just found a group of readers who shared our interests: smaller perhaps than the audience of a more marketable book, but surely more dedicated! Don't try to write a book that you think someone else wants to read, make the book YOU want to read.

Since this is “Went to Tell Everybody,” tell everybody about another current comic book series that you would like other people to know more about.

One of the crown jewels of the UK indie comics scene right now is ALEX AUTOMATIC, the brilliant series from writer Fraser Campbell, artist James Corcoran, colorist Dave Cooper and letterer Colin Bell.

It's about a government assassin who's been brainwashed into believing he is the star of a 1960s TV spy show, and takes us on a journey that gets more mind-bending and eerie with each passing chapter. Great stuff!

Again, if you're interested in SINK, you can pick up a copy here.

And of course, once again, if you're interested in seeing YOUR independent comic book spotlighted in this feature, click here for the current submission guidelines.

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