‘Darling’ Delves Into NYC’s 1980’s Drug Epidemic This June

Darling, a new series debuting in June from Source Point Press had a long and winding road to get to comic stands. It’s been in the works for years, as playwright Michael Fleizach was inspired by journals left behind by his brother. Along with co-creator Todd Hunt, artist Dave Mack Mims, and letterer Zack Turner, Fleizach pays homage to those who lost their battle with addiction in 1980’s New York City. With influences of street graffiti and punk rock culture, the story is told in the style of Lewis Carroll and Frank L. Baum, capturing the passions that Fleizach once shared with his brother.

With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year-old girl, lovable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues. 

…but has he really?

A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked…most deviant…most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled, guilty conscience of a failing brain. 

“In 2012, my brother died of a heroin overdose. It feels good to type that out, actually. It feels good because there is a stigma associated with drug death; it isn’t exactly discussed on the checkout line, at the hairdresser, or while you’re waiting on an oil change – it just isn’t done,” said Michael Fleizach. “Shortly after his death, wanting to connect and understand, but feeling like a societal leper, I turned to my brother’s journals to make sense of something I thought was impossible. This was the impetus for the world of Darling—It’s important to remember – addicts are not these cast-off wretches of society. They are, almost certainly, very dearly loved by at least one other human being; someone who can only be halfway whole when they leave this plane for good.”

“Creating the world of Darling with Mike has allowed me to do the impossible on multiple occasions including getting closer to his brother,” said Todd Hunt. “It’s a place where Mike and I have shared our fondest memories, our greatest inspirations and exorcised our deepest fears.”

A percentage of sales from Darling will be donated to helping those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. Darling #1 features a main cover by Mims and a variant cover by Alex Riegel. It’s set for release on June 30th, 2021.

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