NSFW ‘Antichrist’ Comic Needs Your Help

Just about everyone knows how tough it is to break into the comics industry. It doesn’t make it any easier when the book you’ve got on your hands is full of blood, sex, gore, and focuses on people killing in the name of Christ. Writer Betvin Geant and artist Keith Draws have been trying to get their gorgeous book, Antichrist, off the ground without any help from publishers. Posting the almost-completed first issue on comic message boards, the creative team has been trying to find an audience for their controversial title. Betvin Geant took the time to chat with BD about Antichrist, offering some in-depth details about the project.

Geant and Draws have only just begun their foray into the comics industry, but they are looking for some help from the fans. This is a seriously incredible read, and in a world where Crossed is one of the hottest books on the market, nothing can be too controversial. Below you’ll find an interview with Geant, a link to their facebook page, a link to the first issue, and some teaser images. Let’s show them some love. Read on for the skinny…

EDIT: Make sure you head over to the Antichrist facebook page and ‘like’ their page!

antichristcover What is Antichrist?

BG: Antichrist is a comic written by me and illustrated by Keith Draws. We’ve really only begun to work on it but I’ve got big plans for the story as long as we can find an audience who wants to read it.

Antichrist is a story that gets deep inside the minds of well intentioned characters who, through their distorted and incomplete perspectives, kill in the name of God, torture to benefit the greater good, and destroy for the sake of peace. Religious, scientific, and political systems become infected by these characters with fanatical views. The extremist movements these charismatic characters inspire bring about Armageddon. Throughout the series, characters and events are made to parallel those of the Bible and Greek mythology resulting in a familiar yet daringly original perspective on the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

How did the project get started?

BG: There was a period in my life when Christianity was everything and the Bible contained all that I needed to know. During parts of this time my head was filled with crazy ideas, one of which blossomed to become the beginnings of the comic Antichrist. This crazy idea was that just as Jesus was killed by man’s hand he would also return in his second coming by man’s hand. A crazy man with a holy destiny would be thrown into a psych ward and through a botched electro-convulsive therapy session be killed and later brought back to life hosting the soul of Jesus Christ. The supernatural would once again be a reality as the prophecies of the Revelations unfold. However, a lot has changed since then. This character is no longer the second coming of Christ and I’m no longer Christian.

Is this your first major attempt at writing a comic?

BG: I wrote and illustrated a children’s book under a different name but other than that I am completely unknown to the reading world. I have submitted a couple of pitches for comic ideas to publishers but nothing has gotten past that stage.

Why do you think no publisher has picked it up?

BG:I assume that publishers look for comics that a lot of people would like, comics that make money, and they believe that Antichrist is not one of them. I firmly believe that Antichrist is a winner and so I’d care to entertain an alternate, albeit less likely, explanation for why no publisher has picked it up: That publishers don’t know what the public wants. What publishers know is what has worked in the past and this comic is certainly not that. This is the type of comic that generates warnings from readers such as “Word of warning to our members: The story and art is definitely for a Mature Audience” and “Dude, mark it as nsfw [not safe for work]” as said on group message boards about Antichrist. I believe that the only way for this comic to get picked up is for the public to show that they want it.

How has the fan reaction been online?

BG: The responses we have received from online readers have been overwhelmingly positive. We have received many responses including “Holy Shit, I want more”, “That is absolutely amazing man. I would buy that tomorrow in a heartbeat” and “Dude seriously, one word FANTASTIC”. Considering the limited exposure that this comic has been given I’m very excited about the following that it has generated. Of course, we’re going to need a lot more exposure and fans for this comic to be considered a success.

What are your plans for the future of Antichrist?

BG: The plan is to release this comic as a large collection of 20-page monthly issues but right now our goal is to determine whether or not people want to read it. If there is a demand, we will keep on going with it and if someone wants to invest in this comic, we’re definitely interested in having a conversation with him or her. For more information, check out our facebook page.

Thanks for chatting with us! We wish you the best of luck with Antichrist, I really hope this gets off the ground.

Make sure you check out and “like” the Antichrist facebook page where you will find a link to the first issue of the book. The team is only looking for 200 “Likes” on facebook in order to continue the project.

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