As for his artist’s role in the series, the writer called Azaceta the perfect fit for this series. “His art is so moody and atmospheric…his general rendering style fits this concept perfectly,” he said. Kirkman noted that he loved the idea that this would be Azaceta’s first long-form project rather than a short arc. “This is the first time he’s going to be investing in something for the long haul. It’s always daunting for an artist to look that far ahead…but it’s going to be cool seeing him grow and evolve and get more comfortable with this world as we go along.” He compared that process to his other long-term collaborators like Charlie Adlard, Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard. “It changes an artist as they get more comfortable, and I think that’s a fun process to witness.”
The writer said that he’s waited this long to return to the horror genre in a major way because he wanted an idea that he could push forward into new territory. He also rejects the idea that comics today are still dominated by superhero stories first and foremost. “Comics is adaptable to all kinds of storytelling,” he said adding that horror works very well in the medium. “The thing about horror is not just the scares. It’s the psychological storytelling that goes into that…I think getting emotionally invested in a character is something that comics does really well because the read is so much more in control of the story than in any other medium.”
“Outcast” has been in development for almost two years, and so Kirkman is planning the story to a much more specific extent than the early days of his other ongoing series where he had to fly by the seat of his pants more as they established themselves in the marketplace. “This is the first time I’ve started a series where I have the end completely mapped out, which is new for me,” he said, noting that he only has had vague ideas for an end for “The Walking Dead” while his superhero comic “Invincible” is totally open-ended. “While this is another long-running series – and the hope is that this will continue for years and years – it’s fun to think that this has a definitive end down the road that we’re heading to.”
Image said that “Outcast” will launch in 2014 and promised more talk about the series and all of Kirkman’s work at New York Comicon this weekend.