Updated on 16 October, 2021
Coffin Comics is an online independent comic publishing business, started in September 2021, run and owned by Lady Death herself, founder and artist Brian Pulido. A few months after their founding, the comic was first launched as a digital download only service. Since then, they've been making progress toward building a robust and dedicated website for selling comics, and have even began offering prints on demand via CD's. This has allowed them to expand into digital greeting cards and other digital products as well. It was not until recently that they began offering printed comic books in brick and mortar stores in the greater Los Angeles area.
What makes this comic book company so unique is that they have kept all of their original characters exclusive, meaning that only a handful of original prints have ever been released. One of the most exciting and fantastic titles to come from Coffin is "The Lucifer Identity" by writer Lucinda Shore and artist sepia Weisman. The storyline revolves around a young girl who lives in a quiet town with a quiet life, but she discovers she has a psychic connection to her Uncle who disappeared while on a hunting trip. With the help of a psychic medium, she learns the identity of her Uncle and is able to use her unique psychic gifts to help the police find him, while using her link to the uncle to help find a missing friend of her family.
So far, this new limited series has been extremely successful. With a successful Kickstarted campaign and thousands of readers clamoring for more, it's clear this is a comic book that can attract a devoted audience. This is also a comic book that doesn't seem like it will run out of steam, which is a definite plus. Since Coffin Comics is self-publishing this first print volume, there is no doubt that this will be a book that can last for many years to come.
The strength of this new series is evident within the cover image of "Saga," the first issue. A striking image, the lady Death image stands alone on the cover, beckoning readers to stop what they're doing and get the latest coffin comics release. A bold statement, the cover speaks for itself. In the background we see an ancient battle takes place between the vampires and the undead. At the center of the scene, a hooded figure with a sword and shield is commanding the undead army.
The fight takes place at the top of the cliff, and the undead are preparing to kill the couple standing beneath the surface. As they look up, they notice a dark figure dressed in black, walking slowly toward them. It is the Lady Death herself, who is holding a sword and shield made from an enchanted silver cross. As the couple watches in horror, she says, "This is your only warning." With this ominous statement, the first issue establishes that the theme of coffin comics, which I introduced with "Saga," is all about the malevolent decimation kickback of evil.
In issue #2, "The Darkening," Lady Death continues her mission, and engages the heroes, only to be defeated by them in battle. Just then, the Lady Death statue falls to the ground, and a mysterious stranger (the Matthias) appears, claiming he is her son, Gabriel. He uses the skills learned from his father to resurrect the woman's body, and the two flee to present location.
Gabriel quickly realizes the true nature of Lady Death, and rushes back to the future to stop the imminent threat of her son's arrival. Meanwhile, Matthias and the rest of the team are racing against time to find out where the mysterious lady has gone to during the entire ordeal. This chase through the darkened future of Coffins County will eventually tie up the second issue, and will introduce us to the theme of the female protagonist as well as her ongoing conflict with the male antagonists. The theme of Coffins County having a bad reputation for being home to evil characters will also be introduced in the second series of the anthem kickstarter, which you can learn more about at my blog.
I am extremely excited to see what the future holds for Coffin Comics, which has provided me with an outlet for entertainment while working on my graphic novel. If you are unfamiliar with Coffins County, it is a series of comic books about a girl who lives in a small town, and learns she is possessed with a curse that destroys her human ability to see the future. Her only means of seeing the future is to use a musical instrument called the "tabla," which makes her hear music when she dreams. As a result, she becomes blind, and cannot see into the future or the past. The story line originated in India, and is told through the point of view of the beautiful princess named Naraka. Due to her tragic love for her father, she is forced to marry someone before her father decides to allow his beloved daughter to marry a man.