Recently, Mark Beyer (Amy and Jordan, RAW Magazine, Liquid Television) revisited an idea he had developed and abandoned 16 years previously for a graphic, novel-length story called, THE OFF SWITCH. By 1995, Mark had been typed as a certain kind of cartoonist who created a very specific kind of work, and this radical departure from the style he was generally known for garnered some difficult responses when it first appeared in Swiss comic magazine, Strapazine. But, looking back at the idea, Mark found there was something about the story that haunted him and wanted to complete it.
THE OFF SWITCH is now a serialized comic on The End of Being! As Mark told TEoB: My idea was to create a kind of mysterious story set in a vaguely European setting. As influences I was thinking about the movies “Breathless”, and Orson Wells’ film “Mr. Arkadin”. Already, the atmosphere is tensing up and the shadows are creeping in. Please, enjoy reading, THE OFF SWITCH!