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“The ‘Witch Doctor’ Is In – Seifert And Ketner Talk About The Biggest Debut In Horror Comics This Year!” at Bloody Disgusting
“Video Interview: Paging The ‘Witch Doctor’ With Brandon Seifert” at MTV Geek
- “Robert Kirkman Makes an Appointment with ‘Witch Doctor’” at FearNet
- Interview with Brandon Seifert at Comics Bulletin
- Article about Lukas Ketner at Comic Book Resources
- Interview with Lukas Ketner at Comics Related
“[Witch Doctor] reminds me a great deal of Warren Ellis’ Avatar work… a high compliment for a comic book writer just making the scene like Seifert.”
— Comics Should Be Good
- The comic reminds me a great deal of Warren Ellis’ Avatar work, specifically his Gravel series, and I think that’s a high compliment for a comic book writer just making the scene like Seifert. Ketner’s art, meanwhile, has a strong polish to it that looks like it will only get even more polished and even tighter – but right now, it’s still good artwork.
“I love the concept of the book, and the characters, in just a few pages, have me completely hooked.”
— Paperback Reader
- I’d like to find another regular horror title like these to fill the empty hole in my comics-reading horror-heart… And perhaps Witch Doctor could be that title. When I first found this indy title, I posted a review of it here within just a few hours after having read it. I’ve been following writer Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner online since, and it sounds like there is some progress being made in terms of bringing more Witch Doctor to print, which would do no less than thrill me as I love the concept of the book, and the characters, in just a few pages, have me completely hooked.
“Finally, two aspiring creators who understand how the web should be used to break into an industry.”
— Daily Bits
- Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner. Finally, two aspiring creators who understand how the web should be used to break into an industry. [...] With classic high-detail black & white art (reminiscent of the good old days of 2000 AD) and a story combining characters, action, imaginative ideas and a very undignified use for the Holy Grail it’s a terrific read. It’s clear right from the get-go that there’s more here than is written on the pages. These guys aren’t scraping the barrels of their brains trying to fill up an issue; there’s obviously an entire imagined world hovering just behind the page, evolving all the time, and hopefully we’ll get to see more.
“Ketner’s immediately recognizable style and Seifert’s humorous tone add up to a pretty fun read.”
— Willamette Week
- First Incision is a promising start to the series, setting up some intriguing characters (the kooky doctor and a pair of sidekicks) and setting a humorously gruesome tone. The authors’ influences are fairly transparent: the inspired gore of EC’s 1950s horror comics; Phil Foglio’s whimsical fantasy cartooning; H. P. Lovecraft. But Ketner’s immediately recognizable style and Seifert’s humorous tone add up to a pretty fun read.
“I unapologetically loved this comic book.”
— Paperback Reader
- I unapologetically loved this comic book. It’s past midnight on a Saturday night/Sunday morning as I type this, and I’ve got to get up early tomorrow morning to get out to the second day of Stumptown, but Witch Doctor deserves immediate attention. I sincerely hope to read more soon.
“With Seifert’s snappy writing and Ketner’s amazing artwork, this is one book you don’t want to miss!”
— Pop Culture Zoo
- Seifert and Ketner give a nice twist on the nature of vampires with a plausible sounding medical explanation that is pretty fascinating. They also manage to give the lead characters three dimensional complexity. And that they manage to do all of this in only sixteen pages is maybe the most astonishing part of the whole book. With Seifert’s snappy writing and Ketner’s amazing artwork, this is one book you don’t want to miss and you won’t have to!
“I would be remiss in not sharing this little gem.”
- Personally it has been inspiring and motivational to watch this semi-formed idea take shape visually and thematically, creating a mix of intelligent, well-researched writing [...] and kick-ass artwork that defies the fact this is their first comic book.
“Stardom is around the corner for these guys.”
— PDX Comic Geek
- Considering this $2 a sound investment because stardom is around the corner for these guys. Fun story, brilliant art!
“Writer Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner have reinvigorated the horror comic”
— You Do That Voodoo
- Writer Brandon Seifert and artist Lukas Ketner have reinvigorated the horror comic anew with their title Witch Doctor. In essence, it’s House in a horror setting; the rare conditions explored by the magical medical specialist are vampirism and other forms of monstrosity, framed in a quasi-scientific way that’s a lot of fun to read. The creators have put their demo episode up at witchdoctorcomic.com in the hope of attracting publishers, and I wish them luck: it’s a sparky and well-executed concept that’s got the potential to inhabit its own very particular niche with style.
“I don’t know why publishers haven’t just snapped this item up.”
— Pete’s Basement
- “I’m really impressed with this… It is very good. The script is snappy, in 16 pages you get a whole episode in. The artwork by Luke Ketner is winning. It’s a little rough but it’s got a lot of hints of old-school Bernie Wrightson. The cover that he has up on the website is fucking great and classic looking. It’s a series with great potential, and in 16 pages… they wrap up a really, really great episode. And if they could keep that up, they could probably even get away with pumping out episodic content without doing any big story arcs. I don’t know why publishers haven’t just snapped this item up. it’s original, it’s a fresh idea, I highly recommend it.
— Atomic Romance
- Great stuff. It’s like Dr. Strange, Tales From the Crypt, Mr. Monster, Lovecraft and Warren comics all in one. Witch Doctor is very imaginative, well written and has art that’s very reminiscent of Bernie Wrightson. I loved it. A fantastic 1st horror effort by the young writing and drawing duo!
“You can sense the brains pulsating behind the whole thing. A truly intelligent comic that is great to look at.”
— Skull Cull
- This comic really grabs you from the first piece of art that you see until the last… The story hits all the right notes, checks all the boxes. You know that the unfolding of all the ideas and the journey that these characters are going to go on is going to be compelling — already we have an idea rich and aesthetically stimulating environment to walk around in. The intensity level is dialled up throughout, there is humour and you can sense the brains pulsating behind the whole thing. A truly intelligent comic that is great to look at — what more could you ask for?
“I wish I’d written it, which is about the highest compliment one writer can pay another.”
— Eric Palicki
- Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s Witch Doctor: First Incision is a complete, 16-page story, and it’s really, really good. I wish I’d written it, which is about the highest compliment one writer can pay another. [...] They’re making their first issue free for you to read on the internet, which you should go and do right now, before the pair finds a publisher and you have to pay for this. Because they will find a publisher and you will have to pay for this. And you’ll also want to pay for this.
“The comic book I’m most looking forward to this year.”
— Mark Sweeney (colorist, Warren Ellis’ Black Summer)
- The comic book I’m most looking forward to this year… I’ve been privileged with a sneak preview of the script and and some of the art. Lukas Ketner’s art is fantastic and Brandon’s Seifert’s writing is fucking brilliant. I can’t wait to see where they go with this book.