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#FXC17 Exclusive Interview: John Bolton On Horror, His Art & His Graphic Novel: Shame

Artist John Bolton has had a long and storied career in comic books and sequential art. He made the jump from working in English magazines such as Warrior, to burgeoning American periodicals like Epic Illustrated, in the early 1980’s. He’s been working in and around the mainstream comic book industry ever since, as comfortable drawing superheroes as much as he is painting fairies, vampires and demons.

Drawn to the genres of fantasy and horror as both an illustrator and painter, Bolton has worked alongside some of the greatest writing names the comic book industry has known, including Chris Claremont on Marada The She Wolf and Black Dragon, both for publisher Epic Comics. With Neil Gaiman in The Books of Magic for DC Comics, he created the look of the reluctant boy-wizard, Timothy Hunter, based on his eldest son. His acclaimed graphic novel series, Shame, alongside writer Lovern Kindzierski, is where Bolton’s efforts most currently dwell, with the first three acts being recently complied into a single hardcover volume.

There’s a sense of wonder, amazement, power, and sexuality inherent in Bolton’s work, combined alongside an overt menace that makes a viewer full of trepidation. Even when his sense of horror is not manifest, nothing is ever as it seems in Bolton’s completed visual offerings.

On the eve of an infrequent visit to Toronto via the 2017 edition of Fan Expo Canada, JP Fallavollita caught up with John Bolton in an exclusive interview via email, and asked him about his process, his female-driven subject matter, and his recent work on Shame.

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The Exorcist S01 E10: “Three Rooms”

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It’s hard to believe that ten episodes of The Exorcist have aired; it seems like it just started, and now it’s ended. Was Pazuzu driven from Angela for the second time? Pope Sebastian was coming to Chicago, was there an attempt on his life?

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The Exorcist S01 E09: “162”

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After too many weeks, The Exorcist is back. Quite a few characters were killed off. Did any of your favorites meet their demise?

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The Exorcist S01 E08: The Griefbearers

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On last week’s episode of The Exorcist, Father Bennett discovered corpses and cremains in an old warehouse. The priests disagreed on the best course of action to take with Casey. What did they finally decide?

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The Exorcist S01 E07: Father of Lies

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On last week’s episode of The Exorcist, we learned that Maria Walters and her cronies were behind the mysterious nine murders, using the body parts for their own summoning. Father Marcus recovered the missing Casey, but was she returned to her family?

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The Exorcist S01 E06: “Star of the Morning”

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Last week’s episode of The Exorcist dropped a bombshell on fans when it was revealed that Angela Rance is Regan MacNeil. The demon that possessed her all those years ago is now after her daughter Casey, who has gone missing. What happened this week?

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31 Days of Horror: The Exorcist S01 E05: “Through My Most Grievous Fault”

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On last week’s episode of The Exorcist, Father Marcus was working his way down his friend list, provided to him by Father Bennett. Casey was tormented by her demon for not being totally submissive, but could it have finally been exorcised by the two priests determined to help the young lady?

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31 Days of Horror 2016: The Exorcist S01 E04: “The Moveable Feast”

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On last week’s episode of The Exorcist, not only was Father Marcus excommunicated, but a possessed Casey turned the tables on a guy getting too up close and personal on the train. What happened to her as a result?

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek

It’s the horror film that will actually make you want to turn off the lights. On today’s installment of “31 Days of Horror,” it’s the short, Japanese animated film, Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek.  

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“This Little Light” Shines on the Season 1 Finale of Outcast

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On last week’s episode of Outcast we watched in horror as the darkness spread throughout the town of Rome. A beloved character is dead and another one is possessed. The only thing to stop the encroaching darkness is to shine some light on it. Will Kyle get to his daughter before Megan hurts her? Read the rest of this entry

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