The Outriders began as a random idea I came up with while talking to Preston on the phone. I was toying with an idea for a new comic that focused on a team instead of the interconnected storylines of individual characters that I typically wrote about. The conception happened when was driving to the Hickam AFB gym and told him I would flesh out an idea and spit it back to him after I finished my workout session.
Upon leaving the gym I called Preston back and said I have my idea. I wanted my story to take place in Tokyo and deal with secret societies as well as the supernatural. My protagonist was a tortured soul with a cynical attitude and he was surrounded by girls that hated him. I wanted at twist on the “harem” genre where there was little to no romance involved. I also wanted a protagonist that was less than interested in his surroundings.
At the time I was taking a web design class in graduate school and didn’t want to add to the plethora of tourist websites that all my other classmates were doing. I wanted my project to be a different, so after much thought, I decided to create a webcomic.