Official Press Release
Webcomics’ very own mad scientist, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, is set to bring
one of his favourite creations to print at Comic-Con International.
Mr. Nile: The Illustrated Bastard is the first outing in print for Goodbrey’
s twisted metafictional anti-hero. Asked to describe Mr. Nile in a Nutshell,
Goodbrey went without sleep for 48 hours and then typed:
“Mr. Nile is a self-aware comicbook character. He’s also a bit of a bastard.
Think Lex Luthor with the powers of Scott McCloud and you’re halfway there.”
So what can readers expect from Nile within the pages of The Illustrated
“For fans of surreal violence and general bastardry, there’s plenty of that.
But there’s also a bit more depth to goings on than the title might at first
suggest. Mr. Nile can’t help but tinker with the workings of whatever medium
he’s exposed to. I think reader reaction to what Nile gets up to is going to
be very. lets just say ‘interesting’ and leave it at that.”
Mr. Nile isn’t the only one of Daniel’s characters to be making the jump to
print. The popular Inanimate Monkey also makes an appearance in the book.
“Yeah, Inanimate Monkey is along for the ride” confirmed Goodbrey. “How
could I not include everyone’s favourite immobile three-armed plastic
monkey? There’s this great bit where he doesn’t move or talk at all for
like, a whole page. It’s gripping stuff.”
But just exactly where will San Diego attendees be able to sample this
gripping stuff for themselves?
“I’ll be sharing a table with that other wonder of the modern webcomic age,
John Barber. We’ll be, John tells me, in Small Press Area One. That’s
somewhere in the center of the Con. All the way at the back, near the stairs
to the mezzanine. I think. Or John thinks. I’ve barely slept for 48 hours.
Certainty is a difficult thing for me at this point.”
And for those poor unfortunates that can’t make it to San Diego?
“I’m planning to sell the book from my website too. That’s E-merl.com folks.
Drop by to get more details on Mr. Nile and the other characters featured in
the book. Plus whole vodka bottles worth of extra webcomic strageness.”
Mr. Nile: The Illustrated Bastard is 32 pages in glorious black and white
with no ads. The original webcomic series, The Mr. Nile Experiment and
Inanimate Monkey Adventures! can both be read for free at http://e-merl.com
Praise for Goodbrey’s work
“Daniel Merlin Goodbrey is a grand wizard of the weird and wonderful”
– Scott McCloud (UNDERSTANDING COMICS, ZOT, THE RIGHT NUMBER)
“Goodbrey makes stories that read and look like nightmares–the good,
haunting kind that make you get out of bed to write them down, because
they’re so damn INTERESTING. I’m afraid he might not only be making comics
for the new century, but for the one after that, as well,”
– Gail Simone (BIRDS OF PREY, AGENT X, SIMPSONS)
ABOUT DANIEL MERLIN GOODBREY
Daniel Merlin Goodbrey is a webcomic creator, lecturer and occasional drunk.
Born on Halloween to a family of antique dealers in Suffolk, England, it
took Daniel just 23 years to leave home and earn his masters degree in the
Digital Practices of Hyperfiction. He currently lives near London, where he
lectures in various aspects of new media design and webcomic creation at the
University of Hertfordshire.
He maintains an archive of experimental webcomics at http://e-merl.com
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