5 Page Preview: TKO Shorts’ Dame from the Dark

Dame from the Dark Preview

A compelling mash-up of crime, comedy, and horror, the newest entry in the TKO Shorts comic series, Dame from the Dark, packs a punch from up-and-coming co-creators: recent Top Cow Talent Hunt runner-up, Rob Pilkington and celebrated comic artist Kit Mills (The Village Voice, Vice). Sequential noir fiends won’t want to miss this tantalizing tale primed to expand its secrets beyond this “spirited” debut!

Dame from the Dark features the prickly partnership between a small-time crook and the ghost of a plucky starlet from Hollywood’s golden age as they pose as detectives for quick cash. When they brave Los Angeles’ swanky “Magic Manor” to find a young runaway, the duo learns she’s a timid stage assistant trapped under the thumb of an abusive magician—and may need to apply some supernatural misdirection to help her escape.

TKO Shorts' Dame from the Dark, courtesy of Dont Hide PR
TKO Shorts’ Dame from the Dark, courtesy of Dont Hide PR

What are the Creators Saying?

Pilkington had the following to say about this release:

“This story grew from a lonely, weird idea about moving to LA into something totally striking and original—and funny—thanks to what Kit can do. I loved writing the dynamic between our two would-be detectives and am so excited we got to work with TKO Studios to introduce people to Eva and Tommy.”

While artist Kit Mills had the following to add:

“Rob first approached me about doing some concept art for an idea he called Dame from the Dark years ago, and it’s evolved into something I’m proud to have worked on and molded into what it is today. I love the affectionately antagonistic dynamic between our two main characters, and Rob gave me some great foundational materials to run wild with while creating this dark and funny world.”

This is the unsung corner of the city and centers on two outsiders—a mismatched, crime-solving duo whose unlikely partnership must bridge life and death itself! 

Dame from the Dark is available March 1st, 2021, from TKO Shorts collection—the self-contained limited edition comics, edited by Sebastian Girner. Letters by Ariana Maher.


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