Local comic book author releases book Aug. 8

Starkweather: Immortal, an original five-issue graphic novel penned by Rockford writer David A. Rodriguez, will be released nationally Wednesday, Aug. 8, by award-winning publisher Archaia Studios Press (aspcomics.com).

Starkweather: Immortal was created and written by Rodriguez with artist Patrick McEvoy, and the first issue in the series is co-authored by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony (Xanth fantasy series).

Rodriguez, a Rockford resident, is a 1999 graduate of Rockford College, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater. In addition to his writing, Rodriguez also is involved in the regional theater and independent movie scenes and works as a senior game designer at High Voltage Software in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

“I’ve been concepting and writing comic books and graphic novels for a number of years,” Rodriguez said. “I’m very excited that my Starkweather series is being published on a national level by Archaia Studios, which is a well-respected publisher in this genre. Plus, the chance to work with the legendary Piers Anthony was a dream come true for me.”

To celebrate the publication of the first chapter of Starkweather: Immortal, an in-store book signing with Rodriguez and McEvoy is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tomorrow is Yesterday, 5600 N. Second St., Loves Park, followed by a “Wicked Witches & Warlocks: release party at Kryptonite, 308 W. State St., in downtown Rockford. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their wickedest witch (or warlock).

Rodriguez (writer) and McEvoy (artist) both will be present, and books and prints will be available for purchase. There will also be an exclusive preview of Rodriguez’s new comic book project, “SHADOWGIRLS” (shadowgirlscomic.com).

Starkweather: Immortal contains mature material and is not suitable for anyone younger than 17.

Starkweather Virgin Comics brought in actor Nicolas Cage, who will play the lead role in the film adaptation of Virgin’s The Sadhu line of comics. The actor also is in the process of co-creating a line titled Voodoo Child with his son, Weston. Director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission Impossible: II) and Snatch director Guy Ritchie will produce monthly paperback comic lines for Virgin Comics, which are slated to be turned into feature-length films. Marvel Entertainment, a publicly-traded company that filed for bankruptcy protection in December 1996 and reorganized in July 1998, has recovered strongly in recent years, largely on the strength of its success with movies based on X-Men and Spider-Man.

from the Aug 7-14, 2007, issue

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