SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (March 23, 2006) AiT/Planet Lar creative executiveJosh Richardson announced today that he's the head lunatic in the asylumtake-over. "I've been shepherding Jason McNamara and Tony Talbert throughthe sometimes painful process of getting a book out from concept tocompletion. With Larry Young and Jon Proctor finishing up The BlackDiamond, it's fallen to me to let you know about the sheer awesomeness ofMac and Tony's book," Richardson said. "You've probably seen thetwenty-five pages of Continuity that I gave our pals at the Isotope topremiere up on their website and you couldn't walk five feet withouttripping over a mention of the book."
"Mac is one of the craziest guys I've ever met," continued Richardson, "aman nearly impossible to keep up with in conversation because his sharpwit is just all over the place. Two or three things that don't seemrelated end up being the funniest story you've ever heard and his work onContinuity is cut from the same cloth."
Writer Jason McNamara uncharacteristically flutters his lush eyelashes:"Coming from the self-publishing arena, it's exciting and daunting to bepicked up by AiT/Planet Lar. I see that logo and think Demo, Last of theIndependents and Hench. Not only have they published some of my favoritebooks but they've helped launch some enviable careers. It's been anawesome experience. Larry and Mimi have been like a pair of New Jerseyparents to us. When they're not making us sleep in a cat carrierunderneath the basement stairs, then they're locking Tony and me in a hotcar with the windows rolled up."
Continuity is the story of Alicia, a teen whose dreams alter reality. Herown internal struggles accidentally cause a pharmaceutical police state toarise. "Mac is so mentally deranged that I think Continuity is hisautobiography," said Richardson. "I really believe he thinks he's astraight-edge punk rock half-pregnant reality-altering seventeen year-oldgirl. And sure, Tony looks like the normal one, but he's just as bat-shitloco, too."
"The book was drawn at a sidewalk table in front of a cafe that I workedat during a biting winter in San Francisco's man-eating TenderloinDistrict," says artist Tony Talbert. "The junkie scum and heavy-handedcops that worked my block translated right onto the page, and I feel itgives the book much of its guts and integrity. Mac's writing, to me, is acombination of the Velvet Underground's music, Jim Thompson's work inprose, and Stanley Kubrick motion pictures. AiT/Planet Lar, in publishingContinuity, is no longer simply an insightful and dynamic company, but isnow a refuge for felons and runaways."
The co-creator love-fest continues: "Tony Talbert is my best friend and mycreative life partner," McNamara proudly claims. "How did I end up withsuch a great collaborator? Some say Karma. If that's true I must have beenRichard Speck in a previous life. Tony gave this book everything he had.And when that wasn't much, we asked him for more and he kind of camethrough. Then we asked him to redraw a page and it was perfect."
"I want people to read Continuity and feel like I did when I made my firstfake ID and saw the Ramones play at the Ritz in New York," McNamaraboasts. "It's going to kick you up a flight of stairs, organize yourmental sock drawer and put blood in your stool. Ya know... in a good way."
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