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West of Light Comic Book Cover - Drawn by Phil Back, Inked by Steven Bowman, colored by Francisco [PAC23] Perez title=

West of Light: The Story

In a post apocalyptic world, life for Weston James Miller is still just the way he likes it: profitable. He is living well and quite content on hunting the occasional creature who slips past the magically protected borders of Polluxus, with no interest in ever going back to Castoria, the other half of the world shrouded in darkness.

But when a former arms dealer receives an S.O.S. informing him his daughter, Elisabeth, is in grave danger, he desperately pleads for Weston's help. Weighing on Weston's conscience, he reluctantly accepts the rescue mission, and sets sail for the dark side...

Days later and alone in the hellish streets of what used to be New York, Weston's only source of light is Dogstar, a magic gun that guides him along his dangerous path. He has yet to discover the darkness that lies within his other possessed pistol, Eclipse, but he soon will find the longer he holds it, the more it starts to take him over...

Joined by Elisabeth's crew, Weston begins his hunt for the demon who holds her captive, in a world where danger lies waiting around every dark corner...

The only question is, will Weston ever make it back to collect his bounty?

CHARACTERS
WESTON J. MILLER
BOUNTY HUNTER
GENDER: Male
AGE: 27
HEIGHT: 6'1"
WEIGHT: 175 lbs
ROLE: Bounty Hunter, Leader
SKILLS: Skilled Martial Artist (Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wing Chun), Expert Swordsman, Ballistics Specialist, Ex-Military/Special Forces, Negotiator
BIO: Despite an occasional display of arrogance, Weston is a truly heroic individual with plenty of confidence. He is highly skilled with a sword, and even more dangerous with a pistol. He is also the first to dive into trouble (as long as the price is right), but rescuing Elisabeth may mean a lot more to him than just the money.
OWEN SLADE
TACTICAL OPS/LONG RANGE SNIPER
GENDER: Male
AGE: 34
HEIGHT: 6'1"
WEIGHT: 190 lbs
ROLE: The Enforcer
SKILLS: Fought Mixed Martial Arts (Pro), Security Operative (Elite Level)
BIO: Born and raised in the Bronx, Owen Slade knows his way around the streets of New York, even in the darkness. He is tough as nails and highly trained in hand-to-hand combat. He feels responsible for Elisabeth's abduction, and out of the group it weighs heaviest on his conscience.
RUMBLE
TRANSPORTATION/VEHICLE OPERATOR
GENDER: Male
AGE: 33
HEIGHT: 6'4"
WEIGHT: 265 lbs
ROLE:
SKILLS: High School Football Star, Skilled Chef, 1 x Arm Wrestling National Champ
BIO: Originally from East Texas, Rumble is a gentle giant with music in his heart. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, put them in danger and you will see a whole other side to him.
WHIT
ORPHAN, MAGIC USER
GENDER: Male
AGE: 14
HEIGHT: 5'4"
WEIGHT: 110 lbs
ROLE: Magic User
SKILLS: Still discovering the extent of his powers
BIO: Despite not having his parents to guide him in a post-apocalyptic world, Whit has managed to survive with the help of Elisabeth, Owen, and Rumble. He is an exceptionally bright boy, and is a valued member of the team due to his prowess in the field of magic.
ELISABETH POE
FREEDOM FIGHTER
GENDER: FEMALE
AGE: 29
HEIGHT: 5'7"
WEIGHT: 140 lbs
ROLE: FREEDOM FIGHTER, TROUBLEMAKER
SKILLS: OPERATION CONTROL
BIO: Headstrong and a natural leader, Elisabeth is no damsel in distress. Which makes her capture all that much more unsettling to the rest of her group. Without her they are lost, and they will do anything to get her back.
TIMOTHY POE
ARMS DEALER, BUSINESS TYCOON
GENDER: Male
AGE: 62
HEIGHT: 6'2"
WEIGHT: 205 lbs
ROLE: ARMS DEALER WITH TONS OF CONNECTIONS AND POWER IN PLLUXUS.
SKILLS: NEGOTIATOR, BALLISTIC WEAPONS EXPERT, DEMOLITIONS EXPERT.
BIO: NOT MUCH IS KNOWN ABOUT POE OTHER THAN HE AND WESTON ARE LONG TIME FRIENDS. POE HAS CONNECTIONS THROUGHOUT POLLUXUS AND CAN GET THINGS DONE.
DEMONIC FORCES
UNHOLY EVIL
GENDER: UNKNOWN
AGE: N/A
HEIGHT: VARIES
WEIGHT: VARIES
ROLE: DARKNESS AND EVIL
SKILLS: ANIMAL-LIKE INSTINCTS AND REFLEXES
BIO: UNKNOWN
CASTORIA
FORMERLY AMERICA
POPULATION: --
CAPITAL: NONE
GOVERNANCE: ANARCHY
TERRAIN: URBAN DECAY AND RUIN
CLIMATE: COLD AND DARK
HABITANTS: DEMONIC CREATURES, CULTS, RADICALS, CUTHROATS AND CRIMINALS
SAFETY RATING: 5 - EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
OVERVIEW: A post apocalyptic wasteland forever at night. Abandoned cities left in ruin and decay, dead trees, filthy rivers, and unimaginable evils prowling around every dark corner, waiting for anyone who dares to travel it's cruel terrain. Only the absolute strongest can survive here.
POLLUXUS
FORMERLY EUROPE
POPULATION: --
CAPITAL: NEW EUROPE
GOVERNANCE: STRUGGLING TO REESTABLISH DEMOCRACY
TERRAIN: FROM FLATLANDS TO MOUNTAINOUS REGIONS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. IN A CONSTANT STATE OF RECONSTRUCTION, WITH LIMITED RESOURCES AND FEAR OF THE DARKNESS.
CLIMATE: VARIED
HABITANTS: TRUE MELTING POT OF WORLD CULTURES CULMINATING FROM ACROSS THE PLANET.
SAFETY RATING: 2 - ALERT
OVERVIEW: A place where people all over the world have united under magically protected borders, seeking safety against the magnitude of threats escaping from the dark side that humanity now faces.
CREATORS

West of Light started many years ago in a donut shop one cold, snowy December night on Bardstown Road in Louisville, KY. Our comic book group had a meeting that ended a little early and the donut shop was the only thing open nearby. We brainstormed some ideas for a book and then sent Bruce off to work his magic.

We would like to recognize our cover colorist, Francisco "PAC23" Perez. Check out his amazing work at PAC23.com


Bruce Thomas
WRITER

Writer, comic artist, and proud member of the Louisville Cartoonist Society. He loves creating, designing, and telling stories in the visual medium of comics, and has had work featured in LEO and Velocity. He also has the diet of an unsupervised ten year old.

Phil Back
PENCILER

Web designer, comic book artist, and ring leader of the Louisville Cartoonist Society. His illustrated work has been featured in LEO, as well the annual LCS anthologies. He enjoys listening to EDM while he draws, and is a taekwondo instructor in his free time. He also hasn't slept in years.

Steven Bowman
INKER

Creator of Astounding Tales Comics. He has been writing, illustrating, inking, coloring, and self publishing his own comic books since 2010. His artwork has been featured in Louisville magazine, LEO, and several other publications. His dream is to create comic books for a living.

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