Paint The Town Red is a comic series centred around the drama between vampires and werewolves (among other supernatural babes) in the weird gothic city of Merlot.
Content Warning: 16+ (violence, swearing, sexual themes)
Book Specs across the whole series:
AUTHOR(S): J.Kiakas & Tas Mukanik
PUBLISHED: Windy & Wallflower
STYLE: Greyscale // Sequential Art
SIZE: 7 x 10 inches
Volume 1: INTRODUCTIONS
Kickstarter, February 2019 // Released May 2019
117 pages // ISBN: 978-1-9895290-0-3
The series begins with volume 1 and introduces Winona, “Winny”, a fairly new werewolf coming to grips with her new life, as she runs a shelter for werewolves with her friend, Odile. In the midst of past turmoils bubbling to the surface, Winny is faced, suddenly, with having to shelter a vampire.
Volume 2: TURN & TURNED
Kickstarter, February 2020 // Released January 2021
140 pages // ISBN: 978-1-989529-11-9
The series continues with volume 2 introducing a few more characters, first when Victoria brings a new werewolf home, causing Winona to face part of her traumatic past and finding closure; second when a newly-turned vampire shows up on the Barlowe’s doorstep looking for refuge. Perhaps hoping to run from a history hot on their heels.
Volume 3: FAIR GAME
Kickstarter, June 2022 // Released TBD
This story started with a very dire need–from both of us–for there to be more vampire and werewolf dramas but with more non-binary and femme-oriented queer characters. The story really just grew from there the more we feel head over heels for these characters.
History & Timeline
Paint the Town Red was a series that began primarily with a few characters doodled and designed by Tas.
You could say Paint The Town Red started in its basic concept with Tas’ creation of Delilah as a character but that wouldn’t entirely be the whole truth of it. This story came about a bit after Tas started doodling Vic and Winny back in 2016. They had had Delilah for a little while before this and were beginning to create a story surrounding these three characters but approached Winter after not being entirely sure where to go from there. For a while these characters with the addition of Em and Jin-Ju (on Winter’s part) were a bunch of original characters we dabbled in for fun. But as we continued to dabble the cast grew and grew and grew.
It wasn’t long until we had our big eclectic cast and couldn’t help but start to shape the world and the story they would potentially belong to. We decided to try our hand as collaborating on our smaller comic, A Tempo at just about 32 pages to see how our workflow might play out on something larger. It wouldn’t be until the two of us began to live together that we would manage a proper workflow and get this story rolling full tilt.
By the end of 2018 we set to work writing and illustrating our first book! We set up our very first crowdfunding campaign as a duo for the very first book of our series and were floored by the response from the Kickstarter on to the rest of 2019 where it nearly sold out entirely of its 300 book initial print run!
Volume 2 then launched on Kickstarter in February 2020. The process of crowdfunding was quite painstaking this time since our goal had to involve not only the print of Volume 2 but also the reprint of Volume 1. This partnered with the fact that it was a second volume, a shift in the algorithms on certain platforms we were a part of made reaching this goal an absolute crawl. But we did it!
Then the global pandemic hit. Delayed our release of the book after a series of really unfortunate turns really hit our personal lives. We were in the midst of a move, struggling to balance work living with Winter’s parents for a few months while our moving conditions worked themselves out. We spent the rest of 2020 agonizing over various details and over-analysing the story again and again before finally settling on this final version. We have since reconstructed the plot for the whole series a couple times (and surely will continue to tweak and fix it as we move along in the series).
The second book finally comes to completion in January 2021, a full two years after it’s original campaign. We’ve learned a lot from that experience, sometimes things are just beyond our control. But we have methods of mitigating their effects a little better going forward with volume 3 this summer.
[Paint the Town Red is a project that is still currently ongoing. This page will continue to be updated as the project progresses in real time].