Thursday, February 10, 2011

Turn-Key: My Latest (And By Far Greatest!) Editorial Adventure

Kayla got made when she was just seventeen. It was a fair fight, no surprises for anyone, but that doesn't change the fact that she shot a woman in cold blood. That she played her part in the mafia's game.

With her Uncle Damian just murdered, it's Kayla who should be stepping into his shoes. She's the natural leader the family needs—except she's never quite fit in. And in any case, the mob is no place for a woman.

Abandoned by the family and plagued by doubt, Kayla must finally decide where her allegiance lies. Can she continue to play the pawn, or is it time to cut ties with the mob for good?

"Turn-Key" is a new short story by J. Hickman, the writer and artist behind the web comic Morgens. Told in a voice that's in parts haunting, irreverent and sardonic, it follows a band of punks, rebels and mobsters through a journey to find common ground. Forced finally to decide who she can trust, Kayla is about to finish the growth she started years ago, when she first became the mafia's tool.

I cannot rave enough about "Turn-Key," or Morgens in general. J. Hickman's sense of voice, the thoroughness with which she explores her characters, and her impeccable artistic style make the Morgens universe one you won't want to leave. I'm flattered to have had the opportunity to work with her as a developmental editor on her latest projects. I hope you'll follow this link (or the one in the banner above!) to follow along as "Turn-Key" unfolds. The story updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you hurry over now you won't have far to go to catch up! You won't be sorry you did.

While you're there, be sure to check out J. Hickman's extraordinary design portfolio, 13 Avocados (ever wondered who designed this blog?). Seriously. When she gets big, you're gonna want to be able to say you knew her when.

Note: This story and the Morgens series as a whole is intended for teens and contains some content that may not be suitable for younger age groups.

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