One of my favorite things about doing this comic is writing words like “hitter,” words that are very specifically mainstays of crime fiction, into this fantasy setting. The fantasy elements of the comic come VERY easily to me. Wizards, magic, monsters…that stuff is my bread and butter. I’ve been wading through D&D, Tolkien, Eddings, Howard, and so on, my whole life. I came to noir much later in life, and I have almost no literary background in it. I’ve never read the masters of the field, including Richard Stark/Donald Westlake, whose Parker is probably the biggest single influence on our main character. My interaction with the character comes solely from Darwyn Cooke’s adaptations.
Maybe I know what I need to jump into after I finish reading The Expanse series.