PREVIEW: Clive Barker Goes 3-D For Surreal ‘Seduth’ Comic Book

With 3D effects quickly becoming a staple feature for film audiences, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker wanted to create a narrative that took the augmented viewing experience one step further by weaving it into the narrative hook of IDW’s “Seduth,” his first original comic property in nearly two decades.

Co-written by Chris Monfette with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos (“Locke & Key”) and 3-D art expert Ray Zone, “Seduth” is slated to include 3D glasses when it drops in October, letting readers delve into the storyline’s exploration of existence in more than three dimensions, with readers’ experience being the added fourth dimension.

According to Barker, this effect was conceived to be a kind of “wet dream of 3D,” for comic fans, positioning storytelling elements in a way that’s meant to capitalize on the full potential of the visual enhancement with pointed graphic content and surreal landscapes prominent throughout the issue.

In 32 pages, the story follows a man driven by his darkest impulses to oblivion and back after being exposed to the contents of a priceless diamond. There’s scads of sex and violence with lots of nihilism to wash it all down. For Barker, who considers breakneck pacing to be one of comics’ greatest strengths, it’s all just part of the plan.

“Sometimes it does feel as though good ideas run out of steam, and I would prefer [as a reader] one comic, which was awesome, to [longer series] that were so-so,” Barker told MTV News.

Barker explained that even though he hadn’t participated heavily on the creative side of the comics equation for a period of time, he’s never stopped picking up his weekly pull list.

“I’m a little kid in a candy store on a Wednesday,” said Baker, “I like my comics dark and I like them stylish, I like them smart, but I can still read Archie comics when I need to.”

Barker also made it clear that “Seduth” wouldn’t be a one-off, but rather the first of what he plans to be number of comic projects, recognizing now more than ever how passionate he’s remained about the medium.

“I’m a 56-year-old man and I still feel the same thrill when I’m buying comics like when I was 12. I don’t feel that same old feeling over a movie.”

Like what you’re reading about Clive Barker’s “Seduth”? Here’s a sneak peek, courtesy of IDW Publishing—and if you have a pair of 3D glasses, wear ’em!

What do you think of Barker’s approach to comics? Excited for “Seduth” and its 3D artwork? Get topical in the comments.