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#339: Must Have the Precious

March 16, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #308: Twilight of the Nerds

The comic Keith is reading is The Night Projectionist, by Bob Heske and Diego Yapura, a horror comic (in the vein of the old EC horror comics, but with a fresh, modern flavor) about — yep — a mysterious projectionist who has to protect a movie theater full of small-town yokels from a vampire attack. (No, this was not a paid product placement, although I almost made a product placement joke in this strip — but it felt too much like I was breaking the fourth wall.)

The first issue is now available at fine local comics shops everywhere (or at Heavy Ink, if you want to order it online). It's also being serialized online in black and white as a Night Projectionist Noir (the first twelve pages are up so far, and it almost looks cooler in black and white). This first issue is all set-up, though; the second issue is where the fun really begins. If reading isn't your thing, you can also wait for the movie adaptation from Myriad Pictures, which has already been announced.

Thanks are due to Studio 407 and Bob Heske for permission to use the cover art in this comic.


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I want to take a foray into electronic publishing.

I am looking for a (prose) writer to provide a short story, novella or non-fiction story that I will turn into an iBooks-formatted eBook for sale (in the iBookstore), released under my Chase Sequence publishing imprint. Chase Sequence published Multiplex: There and Back Again, which won the 2014 IPBA Gold Medal for Best Graphic Novel/Drawn Book–Humor/Cartoon, so technically it is an award-winning publisher.

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