Our Friend Satan. I’m not going to lie to you, I was full of preconceived notions based solely on the title alone. As it turns out, I was pretty close on the expectation of it being a parody of everything we are taught/told/whatever in our formative years. In this story, Satan is effectively just the CEO of Hell, and he’s pretty damned tired of it. Constantly getting a bad rap, he’s scapegoated at every turn by the Catholic Church (not necessarily the good guys in this tale). And while the world at large has seen him portrayed as a monster with huge horns and a pitchfork, he’s actually a balding older gentleman who spends his days in a bathrobe and slippers, drinking copious amounts of Cthulhu Vodka with his buddy, and chess partner, Beelzebub. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this comic! Hilarity abounds in the most infernal of ways, you’ll never know what’s coming until it’s too late. That’ll teach those silly kids to summon up the Prince of Darkness!
Interested? Of course you are! But here’s the deal, this graphic novel isn’t available as of yet. I mean, yeah, you can read the first 17 pages right now, but to get the full story, we are all going to have to pull together to get this baby published! I mean, it is a Kickstarter Spotlight, you know. What were you expecting? Geez!
But seriously, there’s a lot of perks to helping out on this fundraiser. I won’t get into all of them, but know that you can get the comic in either digital or physical form, Satan’s bathrobe and slippers, even a whip (not for that sort of thing, you pervs). Hell, there’s even an assortment of pins, posters, and tees available. I’m after the Cthulhu Vodka tee, it’s hella awesome. You’ve gotta see it to believe it. The project is fully funded so you can be sure you’ll be receiving whatever tiered reward you choose.
Visit the Our Friend Satan Kickstarter page and get in on funding this project, and also, check out our interview with the comic’s creator Dominik Marzec here below.
I got the chance to ask creator Dominik Marzec a few questions about his comic and the campaign. Here’s what he had to say…
Geeks Of Doom: What inspired this aging Satan concept? He seems very laid back and not at all evil (at least not REALLY evil).
Dominik Marzec: Well, I guess he would like to be evil and he probably was kind of evil in the old days. But his old tricks just don’t work anymore. And you know how it is – he was a CEO of Hell for 2000 years, he’s not getting younger too. He deserves some respect!
I guess its really impossible for me to find a reason why I’ve portrayed him like this, all I know that he was like this from the minute I first imagined the first scene. I guess I just like those type of imperfect characters, and getting old is a natural comedic conflict, so it simply just worked and I never thought about it later.
GoD: What kind of feedback have you gotten regarding the Catholic Church being a not so good force on Earth in this story?
Dominik Marzec: Actually – surprisingly good one. I was really afraid about how people will react, especially in my country [Poland], which is strongly Catholic. But at the moment – only few people have told me that they do not like how I’ve portrayed Satan. But they told me this in very polite and cool way. So its perfectly OK. Also, its pretty funny, because the worst thing I’ve heard about our comic book was from one Satanist, who wrote me that Satan will f**k me up in Hell for this. So… that was strange.
GoD: You’ve made your primary goal, was that expected or were you surprised? I can definitely see why people would want to fund this, it has all the earmarks of a fun read…especially in the long term.
Dominik Marzec: No, it was not expected. I mean – we hoped we’ll make it, but not in 9 days! It was madness. I was really terrified that we’re gonna land in this limbo state, where we’re too expensive for Polish people to support our project, but too Polish for Western people to like us. Thank God it didn’t happened. And now we’re thinking about turning this graphic novel into a trilogy. I have an awesome idea for the second episode, that will pick up the story where “Our Friend Satan” ends. And I also have some sketches of the storyline for the third episode. So we’re trying to finance those two additional episodes through the stretch goals, and I think its really worth it, because there’s so much more we could do with this world and characters, I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface here.
GoD: What would you say to our readers to make them want to jump on board and help fund this even more?
Dominik Marzec: Well, we have Satan in depression, diabolical Pope, Vatican-02 Space station, Cthulhu Vodka and that’s just a tip of the iceberg. Not to mention awesome rewards! Three words: SATAN’S COMFORTABLE SLIPPERS!!! That’s like once in a lifetime opportunity!
GoD: How about first time Kickstarter contributors? Why your project?
Dominik Marzec: I would risk saying, that everyone of us committed some sins. So you never know when you’d actually end up. And I think you’d agree that if it happens that you’ll land down below, its better to come prepared. Well – good news – our graphic novel is basically like Hell for Dummies!
GoD: Will you offer any side purchases for donors to add on to their pledges? I ask this because I really like the Cthulhu Vodka tshirt! I’m “fiending” for one right now!
Dominik Marzec: We actually already did! Check Update #7 I’ve explained everything there!
As you can read, we have a dedicated writer who has managed to envision, and then create, a comic with a decidedly original theme. I urge you to watch the video here below and then visit the official Kickstarter page (the link is here). With it ending on September 4, 2015, you don’t have a lot of time so make sure you head over now.
And remember, only you can support hellfires! (That was devilishly clever of me, don’t you think? No? Oh. Okay.)
Marzec is also doing a Reddit AMA today, Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 3pm EST, so be sure to get in on that!