by SLG John Victory is on a quest for anything. Following in the footsteps of Poe, Wilde and Hemingway, he's set out to become one of the great writer/drinkers of all time. Cocopiazo, the new comic book series from SLG Publishing, follows him -- at times in bizarre fantasy worlds; at others, in the all-too-mundane world of dive bars and writing workshops. All the while, John must ask himself just how much he can invent himself, how important creativity is and, perhaps most daunting of all, how to get it right with women.
While admitting that he has some lofty thematic goals, Daniel Warner, who both writes and draws Cocopiazo, admits an ambition that is less about literary legacy and more about personal fulfillment: "Cocopiazo is really just an excuse for me to have my way with a private universe," said Warner. "The overriding goal of the series is to create a rich fantasy that will totally absorb me and the reader."
This simultaneously literary-minded, self-indulgent and reader-friendly perspective is one of the qualities that made Cocopiazo so attractive, said SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman. "Cocopiazo, as a creative work about creativity, has a certain postmodern edge to it, but it isn't impenetrable or pompous. The amount of thought he's put into Cocopiazo is impressive, but what's more impressive is how he pulls all of what he's thought about together into an entertaining, compelling story. And the hip, clean art just brings it all together."