One Writer’s Struggle with Diabetes Led Him to Create Horror Comic SWEET HEART

Sweet Heart
Credit: Christian Dibari/Simon Gough (Action Lab Entertainment / Danger Zone)

Credit: Francesco Laquinta/Marco Pagnotta (Action Lab Entertainment / Danger Zone)

This March, Action Lab Entertainment’s Danger Zone imprint will publish Sweet Heart – a horror story inspired by the writer’s own personal struggle with diabetes.

“This story serves as both a vessel for my own worst fears about these ‘monsters’ as well as my optimistic views of what we can do about them,” Gilbertson said in a statement. “Like bogeymen that could follow them their entire lives, Sweet Heart began as a thinly-veiled analogy for my life with diabetes that grew to represent a number of chronic health, psychological, and personal issues many people deal with everyday.”

Credit: Christian Dibari/Simon Gough (Action Lab Entertainment / Danger Zone)

In Gilbertson’s story, a young girl named Maddie has her own insecurities about a chronic illness – and its borne out into a horrificic story.

“It’s no secret that being hunted is a part of everyday life in Ellicott City; the police force, hospitals, even the school curriculum are designed to make life comfortable for its citizens while being actively stalked by the eerie, insatiable creatures that live among them,” reads Action Lab’s description of the series. “Sweet Heart is an emotional horror story about Maddie, a young girl with contempt for her parents’ decision to conceive her into a ‘feeder family’, and must overcome self-loathing and public ridicule in order to save herself, her family, and a town with no interest in being saved.”

Gilbertson is working with artist Francesco Laquinta on this five-issue series, which is due out this March.


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