Supernatural Crime Comic Trim Season Coming Next Year
Independent comic company Scout Comics has announced that they’ll be producing the supernatural crime comic Trim Season. The spooky story will be out next year, which is apparently 2022 (???). I guess.
Supernatural Crime Comic Trim Season Growing–Get It?–Out of the High-Stakes World of Marijuana Farms
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story idea started with Megan Sutherland, Sean E. DeMott and Cullen Poythress. David Blair and Ariel Vida took that idea and turned it into a screenplay. Then Jake Hearns in turn(s) completed the chain by writing Trim Season.
But what is the idea that went through these multiple iterations? The dangers of being a “trimmigrant,” or marijuana farm worker, inspired the story. While marijuana is now legal in California, it obviously wasn’t always so. And obviously, at the same time, that didn’t keep people from using, buying, and/or growing it. In fact, a junction of three counties earned the nickname “Emerald Triangle” for being the largest weed-producing region of the entire United States.
Netflix’s docuseries Murder Mountain, about the disappearance of weed farm worker Garret Rodriguez, covered similar territory.
One of these counties is Humboldt. Besides its role in marijuana farming, it’s also noteworthy for something else. A lot of people have gone missing in Humboldt County. While trimming on weed farms is an attractive job (because it can be very lucrative), it isn’t easy. It’s physically demanding, and the isolation makes for easy exploitation.
THR says that “a group of women who went missing” there is the primary inspiration for the story, which will also involve supernatural elements. According to Scout, Trim Season will tell “the story of a group of young people from LA who go to work at a remote marijuana farm only to encounter unspeakable horrors, a sinister family and human sacrifice.” Neat.
In the Meantime, What to Watch and Listen to
Trim Season, which Scout is producing in concert with Execution Posse and MeJane Productions, won’t be out until next year. Still, though, if you’d like some nonfiction background, then you have a couple of options. For instance, you can watch Netflix’s 2018 series Murder Mountain, which covers the disappearance of Garret Rodriguez. Rodriguez came from San Diego to work on a weed farm before he vanished into the mists of Humboldt County. (Rodriguez’s body was later found in a shallow grave.)
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This year’s Sasquatch, from Hulu, follows an investigative reporter as he returns to Humboldt to check up on a story. When he was visiting there in 1993, he heard a tale about a–you guessed it–Sasquatch killing three men. Allegedly, a Bigfoot tore them apart. The truth turns out to be even more disturbing than that.
And finally, The Murder Squad, a Salome-approved crime podcast, covered the stories that probably inspired Trim Season. In episodes 71 and 72, hosts Billy Jensen and Paul Holes discuss the cases of the Humboldt Five, a quintet of missing women. As of press time, Jennifer Wilmer, Sheila Franks, Karen Mitchell, Christine Walters, and Danielle Bertolini are still missing.
Trim Season will be available online and in your favorite comic book stores in 2022.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]