At Rhode Island Comic Con, I had the pleasure of meeting artist/creator Ed Yancey’s wife, Jessica. He was away from the booth, so I never actually met him. His wife was, however, very eager to tell me about her talented husband. Hailing from Watertown, N.Y., which experiences one day of summer per year and 364 days of winter, Ed channeled his energies into art.
His self-published A Waste of Life: The Spencer Miller Cases demonstrates what living so far north with do to a psyche. Both the art and story are twisted.
Let’s turn to his art. It is, well, disturbing. Ed’s work reminds me a lot of Basil Wolverton and R. Crumb. I mean this both descriptively and as a compliment. Ed’s art exaggerates the eyes and mouth, bringing the face into a closer focus to convey the emotional impact of the story. It is an interesting choice of style which works well with this story.
The first issue is straightforward and clearly a mere prologue to his main story. A man is running in the woods only to be caught and killed by a werewolf, who in turn is captured by a mysterious man. The hunter ties up the werewolf until he turns back to human. Now, here is where the story takes a different turn.
The Hunter wants to kill the werewolf, but “I just won’t dirty my hands and soul like that.” Instead, his plan is to convince the now human werewolf to kill himself.
This is a quirky enough comic that Ed caught my interest. Hopefully, I can score the next issue and see where he is taking this character.