Synopses & Reviews
Best Writer and Best Male Character, Glyph Awards
Beneath the polluted clouds of DayBlack, Georgia, exists a murderer. After hundreds of years of killing to survive, he no longer wants to simply exist . . . he wants to live. DayBlack is the story of Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire in the cotton fields. Four hundred years later, he works as a tattoo artist in the small town of DayBlack. The town has a sky so dense with pollution that the sun is nowhere to be seen, allowing Merce to move about freely, night or day. Even darker than the clouds are the dreams he’s been having that are causing him to fall asleep at the most awkward times (even while he’s tattooing someone). As he struggles to decipher his dreams, someone from his past returns with plans for him—plans that will threaten his new way of life and turn him back into the cold-hearted killer he once was.
"This saga of Merce, an ex-slave turned modern-day vampire who is also a tattoo artist, gives the bloodsucker genre a much-needed bite in the neck with an ingenious setting and concept. The skies above Merce's hometown, DayBlack, Ga., are so bleakly polluted he's plunged into a permanent, vampire-safe night, but the constant darkness plays havoc with his dreams, dropping him into nightmares even during his waking hours. This everlasting night and hallucinogenic landscape is dexterously represented in Cross's confident, tattoo-styled graphics, with pages bathed in deep, dark swathes of black ink. The story has a vibrant pop, portraying the characters and action with immense originality. The only distraction is a mechanical lettering font; otherwise it's a fresh debut that melds a very original story and bold visuals into a psychedelic fantasy." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“DayBlack is a new kind of comics reading experience.” —Geeks of Doom
“If youre ready for a truly unique take on vampires, this is a story you should be checking out.” —TM Stash EDITOR'S PICK
“DayBlack is a funny, imaginative, and beautifully drawn work that is as much illustrated storybook as it is a comic.” —the Comixverse
“DayBlack is a remarkable visual accomplishment by Cross. I mean, my goodness does this guy know how to design a page. Its like youre watching a series of stunning paintings. Really amazing work. Just outstanding.” —Comic Book Resources
"The story has a vibrant pop, portraying the characters and action with immense originality . . . . it’s a fresh debut that melds a very original story and bold visuals into a psychedelic fantasy." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Keef Cross is a tattoo artist, painter, illustrator, and graphic novelist. He was the winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Best Writer. He lives in Atlanta.