Looking over a copy of Ochlocrat, a comic book I worked on in 2001, I can’t help but smile.
I remember working on that character, this crazy fella with a mean streak who gets his in the end, and I remember how much fun I had. The late Doug Miers wrote this story, and his early death came as a real shock to me. I thought he was a very talented and imaginative writer, whose talents were on the verge of making it really big. He was in talks with a few people in the movie industry about adapting some of his stories, including Ochlorat, into films.
That was great, but what interested me more was our plans for a sequel, even a limited series. It never really went beyond talking about the possibility of doing one, as we were both busy in our respective jobs. I was busy inking High Roads and he was busy writing stories. But I always believed I’d go back to work on the character with Doug.
Now that he’s gone, I don’t know if it can even be possible. But looking over the issue of Ochlocrat today, I felt there’s a huge potential for this character, and I felt bad that it may never be fulfilled. Thinking about the character made me come up with what could be a cool idea, one that could possibly make a commentary about TV vis a vis the Internet, with a conspiracy (the company I did this for is after all Comics Conspiracy), a cover up and a washed out ochlocrat agent who’s unwittingly thrust into a role that he never expected or wanted… that of a HERO.
I thought wow, that would be something interesting to work on in the future. Perhaps if I manage to get in touch with Doug’s family I could possibly do this on my own. This is not something I would do right away of course, and it’s not even in my pending “to do” list, as there’s a lot of other stuff I have to finish first. But it’s nice to know that there’s this project that I could possibly do in the future, a tribute to a friend I never met, Doug Miers.