My name is Michael McDermott and I am a writer currently residing in Barnegat, New Jersey. I was raised on too much Claremont X-Men in the 80's and too much Morrison Invisibles in the 90's. I'm sure very, very few of you will recognize my name from my scattered BC Con coverage reports. A few more might recognize my name from the inside front covers of the FUBAR series of historical zombie fiction. I've gotten about sixty pages worth of short stories published over the last two years through FUBAR Press and 215 Ink, and while both companies are full of greatly passionate people to work with, they don't always have an avenue available for me to tell some of the stories I have bouncing around inside my skull.
So, I did what any self respecting, granduerously delusional, creative type would do in this day and age of Kickstarters and IndieGoGos… I decided to CREATE an outlet for some of the stories I wanted to tell and see on the shelf.
IMAGINARY DRUGS is an anthology put together by myself, with additional contributions from Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, K Michael Russell, Christine Larsen-Gormley, Jeff McClelland, Paul Tucker and Pietro (no, not Maximoff, this one's an artist from, I believe, Brazil). There are no actual Controlled Dangerous Substances included with the book, instead the title refers to that heady buzz any funny book addict gets when they sit down with a fresh stack of comics to plow through.
After what has been a long and educational process for a first time publisher, we're just about ready to submit our project to Kickstarter. Ideally we'll be accepted and go live within a week or two. Here's an advanced sneak peak at our promo video we're sending in to give you an idea about what we're about:
As a BLEEDING COOL "thank you", I've included an exclusive 8 pager from the book, SAINT IN THE CITY with Jonathan Brandon Sawyer on art, K Michael Russell on colors and Jeff McClelland on the word ballooning and SFX. If you enjoy it, drop a comment and hopefully we can get Rich and Mark to link to our campaign once it goes live. If you think it sucks, don't worry, it's probably just me… the rest of the book is filled with more than enough magic to make you smile.
And for anyone looking for something new to read, I'll send a PDF of all my published work to date to anyone who emails me with the subject "I NEED COMICS" at: firstname.lastname@example.org before the weekend is over!