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From The Darkness

New Kickstarter Comic

By Alexandrea CallaghanPublished 5 months ago 3 min read

I have written a new independent comic book called From the Darkness. It is a story about overcoming stereotypes and fighting the pressures and expectations that are put on teenage girls by society. Its actually a story that gets really dark but with adolecent depression on the rise I think its appropriate. I've found an amazing team of artists that have really done a lot to help me bring this story to life. Here is some of my interview with Temple of Geek.

Writer and creator Alexandrea Callaghan told us about her inspiration for the comic book. “So it’s called From the Darkness, and it follows four teenage girls that with puberty and growing up, are also getting full glory and base powers that they have to learn how to manage and deal with. And eventually, you know, they’re all thrown together and they end up fighting monsters and everything. So it’s very Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esq. It mostly just focuses on challenging stereotypes and figuring out who you are as a person and how you fit into the world. I feel like specifically in film and TV, but a little bit in comic books, too. There aren’t that many stories that are coming-of-age stories for young girls. And so that’s something that I really wanted to contribute.”

She goes on to say “The thing that excites me the most about writing this book is I think teenage girls are villainized for just about everything they do. They can’t like anything without it being called into question or being called stupid or, you know. They get reduced no matter what they do. There’s no winning being a teenage girl. So I think within teenage girls’ powers to fight monsters, all of their powers are based in folklore, monsters that are based on women like their women monsters. And I think that helps kind of fight back a little bit. And it’s very much coming from like the internal high school angst that high school Alex felt a little more, you know, I’m fighting previous Alex’s depression for myself through this story.”

When asked what it is about storytelling that compels her to want to put things to paper, she stated “I’ve kind of always been like that. I actually started writing song lyrics in high school that were not good then. They’re better now, but I’ve always just felt the need to like, get my emotions out. I have big feelings all the time and I feel like if I don’t write them down, then then I get really in my head.”

She went on to say “Because of that, I am officially diagnosed with depression, and escaping into stories like Doctor Who and Supernatural is something that really helped me deal with it. And so I decided that I wanted to write something that really connected with somebody the way that those stories connected with me. And I will do it in whatever medium the world will let me do it in.”

This is my first comic book and I am really excited to start my writing journey. I have found an incredible artist and letterer that have been great to work with.

Learning to write in a comic book format was a huge learning curve (especially as I started as a screenwriter) but I think I have the hang of it and I couldn't be happier to finally be sharing this story.

We aim to have to book completely finished by the end of February (in order to give my artist and letterer enough time.) and to the printers by March. It should be in your hands by May!

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Alexandrea Callaghan

Certified nerd, super geek and very proud fangirl.

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