In other words, this week’s competition.
Captions are easy, guys. This week we’re going for the hardcore option. But first… the prize.
I’ve been doing this book for Vertigo called Crossing Midnight, and the first trade comes out next week. The book has been described as a fairy story for adults, but it’s also a weird clash between East and West. It’s set in Japan – in Nagasaki, to begin with, and then in Tokyo – and it’s got a lot of characters from Japanese folklore turning up in it. But it’s inspired by a Western fairy tale, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
Two twins are born on either side of midnight. The after-midnight twin is stolen away into the realm of the kami, the supernatural beings who rule over our world, and the before-midnight twin sets out to bring her back.
Now imagine the above as filmed by Takeshi Miike, with horror and extreme violence leavening out the fantasy.
The first trade collects both the introductory arc, The Shrine, and the two-part follow-up, Cut Here (which gives the collection its title). And a signed copy can be yours for free if you’re prepared to apply your ingenuity and perverse imaginations to the following task.
A character from a comic book meets a character from a prose novel or a play. They talk. Write the conversation – or a chunk of it – as a playscript, with a maximum of 250 words. Stage directions are allowed, and the winner will be announced next Friday.
Make me proud.