The Others are here!
With their race on the brink of total destruction, The Others must pool the last of their magic to perform a dangerous spell that will turn all but three of them to ash. Holding the survival of their people in their hands and the power of resurrection at their fingertips, Rosa, Rebecca and Scarlett spirit themselves across the globe to settle in a remote Australian country town... only to find their dream of sanctuary quickly turning into another nightmare. The women’s efforts to bring healing to this broken, drought-stricken place sees them run afoul of the self-appointed matriarch of the town and branded as witches, leading to a town divided and a battle of magical proportions.
Pez has been kicking this idea around as a television concept for a few years now, until we got the idea to unleash it as a comic book, releasing in instalments (yes, a print version will eventually be made available once we've released the full first chapter of the story online), untethered by budgetary constraints or physical realities!
For this project, we've teamed up with Melbourne indie comics rising star Jess Dubblu (Selkie) to illustrate the project and bring this story and its characters roaring to vivid, expressive, multicoloured life!
"The Others is an eerie Australian fable, told by defiantly different production company, Cinema Viscera. It is darkly reminiscent of the fairy tales of old, which were themselves often violent parables of human behaviour. However, within the ominous underlying frisson of danger, there are glimmers of hope; of reconnection with seemingly lost powers of history.
The story of The Others is told primarily through images, richly rendered by the hand of Jess Dubblu. In a modern world in which narratives are spoon fed to consumers, it is a refreshing change to lose oneself in this world of mystery, magic and heroines; to find my own way through the story. I found comparisons to be made within this story to my own life as being a part of a few minority groups, but this is not, I believe, an allegorical tale. It is perhaps a retelling of the origin story of occultism and humankind’s attempt to assert their dominance upon the earth and its mysteries. It is certainly a reminder that there is still hope in a world that refuses to give up its magic."
- Kristina Benton
"In a world where video and film have become the medium of choice for many, it's wonderful being taken back into something more analogue. The Others webcomic is a must for lovers of story, image and the graphic novel - an intriguing narrative makes you flip eagerly from page to page even as you would rather stay and linger on the wonderful illustrations. Let's hope we see more of this from Cinema Viscera."
- Paul Bugeja
"The Others was an interesting and captivating read. Within the first page or so, I found myself questioning what we have been told to believe over the years. Questioning the creation of our world and making me think what I have been told to believe is true. The Illustrations by Jess Dubblu really bring the story to life. The pain behind the characters eyes is portrayed so beautifully and really helps in moving the story along. They are thought provoking and Dubblu really pays attention to details. The Others, like any well written comic/story, takes you to a new world. I found myself enthralled by the story and the questions it brought up for me, that I blocked out my outside world, just for that moment, and found myself caught up in the world of these characters. A well needed escape to the craziness of our world right now."
– Carlia Capozza
"The Others is a captivating webcomic written by Cinema Viscera with supporting stunning (and sometimes harrowing) images by the artist Jessica Wilson. Together they seamlessly capture a world of a time once long forgotten now brought to the present – a world of ancient rituals, family tragedy but also brimming possibility as characters uncover their hidden magic powers as their inner strength is tested. Reading the webcomic you could easily make the mistake you are reading a pitch bible for an incredible upcoming new tv series. And hopefully one day it will be! With nuanced, fantastical and exciting characters split from their purpose and trying to find connection to their ancient rituals and to each other, it draws the reader in and sits with you - your mind lingering in the images and story long after."
- Eva Torkkola