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Two decades after the debut of Nocturnals, the fan base for Dan Brereton’s pulpish horror-adventure shows little sign of dwindling.
Case in point: Within days of launching a Kickstarter campaign for Nocturnals: The Sinister Path, Brereton & Co. have surpassed their $30,000 goal by nearly $10,000.
The 64-page graphic novel, described as “the scariest, hard-boiled tale yet told in their saga,” will be released in three editions: a softcover that will also be sold in stores; a limited sketch cover; and a wraparound hardcover with additional content.
Dan Brereton entered the industry in the late 1980s and, alongside Alex Ross and a select few others, ushered in what he playfully calls the Golden Age of Painted Comics, one in which not only covers but interior pages were fully painted. If we were to compare that era to classic Hollywood, Alex Ross would be Cary Grant while Brereton would be Vincent Price. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Brereton’s lush, horror-tinged art led him to quickly jump from the independents to major work at Marvel and DC, where he made a name for himself with series like The Psycho and Legends of the World’s Finest, earning him the Russ Manning Award. In 1997, he teamed with Howard Chaykin for a romping Elseworlds story titled Thrillkiller, which prompted a sequel, and then put him on his way to his own creations — the Nocturnals.
In the years since, he’s balanced between creator-owned and work-for-hire, both in the United States and in Europe. I reached out to Brereton to talk about the 20th anniversary of his creator-owned Nocturnals, as well as his dalliances with work at DC, Marvel and elsewhere, and what his plans are for 2014 and beyond. He fills us in on two exciting new creator-owned projects, as well as a return to Nocturnals and a story for DC’s digital-first comics.