This is Not Your Average LA

Dame from the Dark is a standout,
one-punch knockout from TKO Studios!

Mar. 1, 2021, (EUGENE, OR) — A compelling mash-up of crime, comedy, and horror, the newest entry in the TKO Shorts comic series, Dame from the Dark, packs a punch from up-and-coming co-creators: recent Top Cow Talent Hunt runner-up, Rob Pilkington and celebrated comic artist Kit Mills (The Village Voice, Vice). Sequential noir fiends won’t want to miss this tantalizing tale primed to expand its secrets beyond this “spirited” debut!

Dame from the Dark features the prickly partnership between a small-time crook and the ghost of a plucky starlet from Hollywood’s golden age as they pose as detectives for quick cash. When they brave Los Angeles’ swanky “Magic Manor” to find a young runaway, the duo learns she’s a timid stage assistant trapped under the thumb of an abusive magician—and may need to apply some supernatural misdirection to help her escape.

“This story grew from a lonely, weird idea about moving to LA into something totally striking and original—and funny—thanks to what Kit can do,” said Rob Pilkington. “I loved writing the dynamic between our two would-be detectives and am so excited we got to work with TKO Studios to introduce people to Eva and Tommy.”

“Rob first approached me about doing some concept art for an idea he called Dame from the Dark years ago, and it’s evolved into something I’m proud to have worked on and molded into what it is today,” said Kit Mills. “I love the affectionately antagonistic dynamic between our two main characters, and Rob gave me some great foundational materials to run wild with while creating this dark and funny world.”

This is the unsung corner of the city and centers on two outsiders—a mismatched, crime-solving duo whose unlikely partnership must bridge life and death itself!


Dame from the Dark is available March 1st, 2021, from TKO Shorts collection—the self-contained limited edition comics, edited by Sebastian Girner. Letters by Ariana Maher.

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