When Corey Fryia was a child, he wanted to be an artist.

“As I was growing up I started writing things,” the Bowling Green man said. “I needed an outlet to tell stories. It’s a lot of work.”

The result of Fryia’s outlet is a four-issue comic book “Doctor Crowe,” which follows the journey of the adventurous scientist, Victor Crowe, and his sidekick, Nora.

“The book takes place in 1800. He has advanced technology to fight monsters,” Fryia said. “He goes across the globe and eliminates them. He kind of saves the world that way.”

Fryia compares the comic to some others that are popular with aficionados.

“If people are interested in comics like ‘Hellboy,’ then they’ll love ‘Doctor Crowe,’ ” he said. “I compare it to the series ‘Doctor Who.’ ”

The comic will be available at Great Escape Records and Comics beginning Dec. 7 and will cost $3.99 per issue. It will also be available at comixology.com and digitally online. Published by 215 Ink out of Philadelphia, the book is distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

“Any comic book shop will have them as long as you preorder it from them,” Fryia said.

The Western Kentucky University graduate, who has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, designed the character with Matt Horak of Ohio.

“Doctor Crowe wears a plague doctor’s mask from medieval times,” he said. “I saw someone who was wearing one on the internet.”

Each issue is split into three different sections that goes to three different places across the world, Fryia said.

“He goes all over the place. ... With comics it’s hard,” he said. “Right now comics are in this thing called a reboot. It’s really hard to find a character where you can jump in. ... I wanted to make it as accessible to the reader as possible.”

While this is the first time Fryia has published a miniseries, he has edited a book of shorts called “Out of the Blue.”

“There have been three comic book anthologies that I was an editor for,” he said. “I have done shorts that were published. I’ve been doing this for three years.”

Fryia is the writer of the book, but there are rotating artists, he said.

“I try to find people with a singular style and go from there. The ones I did helped bring my words to life and I couldn’t have been more pleased with way it turned out,” he said. “I do draw occasionally but I let people do the heavy lifting. I’m more of a writing artist than a drawing artist.”

There’s no guide to writing the comic, Fryia said.

“You have to figure it out. I just picked a book that I enjoyed. I figured out what I liked about these books and put it to what I write,” he said. “I looked at them like textbooks. It’s like putting stuff in the blender. It was scary and exciting at the same time. The reaction I’ve had has been terrific so far.”

Fryia said he could see himself doing more “Doctor Crowe” sequels.

“I’ve got plenty of stories about him. It depends on 215 Ink. They’ve been really excited about it,” he said. “It depends on public reaction. If I can keep it on a good scale I’ll be a pretty lucky guy. So far there’s been a positive reaction.”

The reaction has been so positive that a producer from Ghost House Pictures has contacted Fryia to inquire about getting the rights to adapt “Doctor Crowe” into a film, he said.

“If they want to do it, I’d be all for it,” he said. “I’m cautiously optimistic about it.”

— Follow features reporter Alyssa Harvey on Twitter @bgdnfeatures or visit bgdailynews.com. 


Alyssa Harvey writes features stories for the Bowling Green Daily News. You can reach her at 270-783-3257 or on Twitter at twitter.com/bgdnfeatures.

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