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Insight Studios announces Marc Hempel’s ‘Naked Brain’

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Insight Studios announces Marc Hempel’s ‘Naked Brain’

Official Press Release

Baltimore – At a meeting held today at Insight Studios headquarters,
publisher Mark Wheatley announced the launch of a new comic book
mini-series by his long-time partner, Marc Hempel. The new series will
begin in July and run three issues going by the title MARC HEMPEL’S

MARC HEMPEL’S NAKED BRAIN is a many-faceted collection of comic strips.
Wheatley was enthusiastic in his description: “I believe that comics is
a language as distinct as English, French, Chinese or ancient
Babylonian. And I also believe that there have been only a select
handful of creative individuals who have used the language of comics as
a native tongue. Just a few from that group are Will Eisner, Harvey
Kurtzman, Bernard Krigstein, George Herriman, Alex Toth and Marc
Hempel.” Including Hempel in that group is high acclaim indeed, but
Wheatley asserts that MARC HEMPEL’S NAKED BRAIN will offer the proof of
his statement. “Marc is a master of the concise comic strip. Each issue of
NAKED BRAIN is full of one page strips and gag cartoons – many that will
make you laugh until you hurt. And if you know the language of comics
you’ll also be amazed at just how much this language is capable of
communicating. Marc understands comics better than anyone I know – and
here he pushes it way beyond any notion of ‘limits’.”

Hempel’s own thoughts were less bombastic. “Everything I create is an
honest expression of who I am – hence the title of this series!
Fortunately, my own personal take on popular culture, eccentric
personalities and other quirky aspects of modern life seems to resonate
with my readers,” he stated. Evidently, this statement has substance,
since an Internet comic strip version of NAKED BRAIN has been appearing
on the web page for about a year, attracting well
over a million hits a month. But Hempel is quick to point out that,
“Even though the comic book series has the same title as the on-line
strip, there is much more to the comic book.” The comic book will also
present a series of gag cartoons by Hempel. “I’ve been developing these
cartoons for several years with the plan that I’ll start submitting them
to mass market magazines. I’ve been showing them to the guys around the
studios, and Mark Wheatley insisted on including them.” Wheatley
confirmed this and added, “Marc’s gag cartoons are as funny and
sophisticated as anything you’ll ever see in The New Yorker. They offer
instant access to anyone flipping through MARC HEMPEL’S NAKED BRAIN, and
make it one of those rare comic books that can be sold to the general
public with no explanation.” MARC HEMPEL’S NAKED BRAIN will also
include the much anticipated return of one of Hempel’s most popular
creations, TUG & BUSTER. Each issue of MARC HEMPEL’S NAKED BRAIN will
include a short story or two about these endearingly maladjusted
misfits. TUG & BUSTER originally appeared in a series of seven comic
books self-published by Hempel in the late 1990’s. One issue and a
collected edition of the early TUG & BUSTER material eventually appeared
through Image Comics. Currently the series is being translated for
publication overseas.

In addition to TUG & BUSTER, Hempel’s credits in the comic book industry
include work for Heavy Metal, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Gregory, Mars,
Jonny Quest, Breathtaker, Blood of the Innocent, Swamp Thing, The
Dreaming and The Sandman: The Kindly Ones. Marc Hempel’s Naked Brain
will serve as a welcome addition to this highly regarded list.

Another book, IS ART: the Art of Insight Studios collects Hempel’s far
ranging illustration work. It is also available from Insight Studios

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