5 Days to Die

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9781600108440: 5 Days to Die

Ray Crisara, a tough cop who’s survived a terrible car accident, discovers his wife is dead and his daughter in critical condition. Believing this was a planned hit by the city’s drug lord he’s been pursuing, Ray’s brain injury leaves him five days before he dies to track the killer or be there for his little girl... Ray’s clock is ticking.

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This is the essay that ran in the back of the first issue that says most of what I want to say about FIVE DAYS TO DIE. This is a very personal work for me and my most mature published story to date in that it's the longest and tackles a very real human emotional issue while still (hopefully) wrapped up in a very entertaining crime/thriller narrative! Here's the essay about it's heart.

I am Ray.

Three years ago, my son Cale was born, and I was not emotionally attached to him. I did not understand that love, affection and mutual attachment were things that needed to be developed and nurtured. I thought they just happened the moment one found out he was going to be a father. They didn't happen for me right away.

Now before this gets all sad, let me come clean, I have a wonderful relationship with my son now. I can't imagine a world without him. And even though he just turned three, I already don't want him to go to college. I don't want him to leave my house... ever.

But that wasn't always the case. And oddly, it's in those feelings of guilt and realizing that I was running away from fatherhood that this story came about.

Ray doesn't know how to, or doesn't want to, deal with his family life. His relationship with his wife is strained at best. His relationship with his daughter is nearly nonexistent. That could have been Cale and me.

I talked with my wife about my feelings. And I took some classes on how to form an attachment with my own child. Wow, walking into that class made me feel like a total moron, but I wasn't moron enough to think I didn't need to do it. So I did. And it made all the difference in the world.

I could have been Ray in ten years--estranged and cold with the people I love. And make no mistake; Ray does love his wife and daughter. He just can't deal with them. He's got work to do after all. But I listened to my wife's (always) brilliant advice.

At its core, 5 Days to Die is about a man choosing to run from his family problems or to face them head on. In his case, to protect them from danger, he has to abandon them emotionally. Or he can leave them in danger to be there for them emotionally.

Both courses of action are justified. I could go either way if I was in Ray's shoes. Ray is, after all, me. But I never had a five-day deadline. I have a relationship with Cale that is unlike anything I've ever experienced before. And I have been able to protect him thus far.

As you read 5 Days to Die, and I hope you will continue, I hope you enjoy the action/thriller/noir tale Chee and I are weaving for your entertainment. But I also hope that you'll get a sense of the emotional core of this story. This is the last of my guilt and doubt as a new father poured out onto comic book pages.

And this is my statement to the world that I am not Ray. I found my attachment to Cale. I built it up. And it's the greatest thing in my life. It worked out perfectly for me.

Let's hope it does for Ray, too.

Andy Schmidt
July 22, 2010

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"5 DAYS TO DIE views 1940s noir through the prism of a Hong Kong action flick. Andy Schmidt might very well be the bastard stepchild of Raymond Chandler and john Woo."
--Max Brooks (WORLD WAR Z)

"Suspenseful and resonant. 5 DAYS TO DIE reminds me of a classic Poe story: psychologically twisted, emotionally intense, and always driving towards its conclusion."
--BrokenFrontier.com

"There's just something about revenge. Whether it's served cold or grilled with some garlic veggies, that sh*t is delish."
--Ain't It Cool News

"Hard-hitting, susepnsful, and innovative."
--David Morrell (FIRST BLOOD, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE)

"Flawed characters... a ticking clock... morally questionable acts on all sides... moody, evocative art... oh yeah, this the stuff crime noir fans love!"
--Christos N. Gage (AVENGERS ACADEMY, AREA 10)

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