Salman Rushdie, Dan Carlin, and Neil deGrasse Tyson meet at a bar to discuss Laozi and comic books.

Inspired, in part, by the classical Persian cult of Zurvan and the Four Arts of ancient China (writing, painting, music, and the board game Go), I use poetry and prose, drawings, and my handheld synthesizer to tell the four-part inter-generational historical fantasy epic chronicling the final earthly contest between Light and Dark.

Some other inspirations include:

Carnivale on HBO, 2003-05. It’s run was cut short after only two seasons, but here’s hoping that the rest of the story can someday be told.

Another inspiration for certain aspects of this project: Billions. Here are some super-cuts I put together from the first four seasons of the back-and-forth battle between US Attorney Chuck Rhoades and billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod.

Based on the novellas by Luke Jennings, Killing Eve centers on two women; Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade security services operative whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfill her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle is an elegant, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

And of course, a monumental match from my childhood, and the legendary quote from Gorilla Monsoon: “The Irresistible Force meeting the Immovable Object.”