“I started reading his book, 'God Country,' which was fantastic." Gill said. "I didn’t know whose it was.”
"God Country" is a five-issue mini-series about Emmet Quinlan, a widower with dementia who comes upon an enchanted sword.
Siena Fallon, store manager of Ultimate Comics Durham, said "God Country" is one of her favorite things Cates has written.
Cates currently works with AfterShock Comics, an American comic book publisher.
“Cates is definitely an up-and-coming writer,” said Lisa Wu, AfterShock's retailer and fan relations manager.
"Comics have had quite a presence in the movie industry recently," Cates has said. Cates has also been working closely with Image Comics, who published "The Walking Dead," to publish many of his previous individual works. He recently signed a deal with Marvel Comics, responsible for "Avengers," "Captain America" and other popular comics.
Despite his new deal with Marvel Comics, Cates is able to write his own individual comics. Many of his comics are science fiction and present themes that address prevalent issues.
His newest comic, “Babyteeth,” tells of a woman giving birth to the Antichrist, and how her family must cope with their new addition. Cates wanted to take a different storytelling approach and offer a new theme.
“'Babyteeth' is really a story about family," Wu said.
As opposed to making the focus of the novel the supernatural child itself, he focused more on the family dynamic and how they must adapt to offer a different perspective.
Despite his growing popularity, Cates is still finding time to interact with those interested in his work.
“It’s just a really nice thing to do for fans,” Fallon said.