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"Lone Justice: Crash!" Debuts as Comic-Con Exclusive Ashcan

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Being a superhero isn't just dangerous work, it's also very expensive. Imagine a recession-era Batman without Bruce Wayne's fortune or Iron Man without Tony's Stark's billions. Their respective crime-fighting enterprises would be very different - or perhaps all together grind to a halt - if their money was to simply disappear.

Just like many Americans in the past year, that's exactly what has happened to Lone Justice, the pulp-style action-adventure hero created by writer-artist Mark Wheatley (Breathtaker, Mars) and writer Robert Tinnell (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Sight Unseen). The title character of their high profile online, serialized graphic novel Lone Justice: Crash experienced the devastating financial loss of the Great Depression, but he didn't lose his drive to keep fighting crime...regardless of the consequences.

Lauded by Ain't It Cool News and other outlets, the series can be found online in free, weekly installments at ComicMix.com. When completed it will be released in print as a graphic novel by IDW Publishing. Fans who want to sample the action, grit and intrigue of Lone Justice on the printed page for the first time, though, will be able to find it in the form of a limited edition, full-color ashcan available exclusively at the Insight Studios Group booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego, Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26, 2009.

With a print of just 200 copies, the full-color, limited edition contains the first 24 pages of Lone Justice: Crash!, setting the stage for the epic adventure through the action and turmoil that follow. With a cover price of $10, it is signed and numbered by Wheatley, who will be at the Insight Studios Group booth at the convention. Copies will be sold on a first come, first served basis at booth #2308 in the Independent Press Pavilion.

"We've received tremendous fan feedback from the online incarnation of Lone Justice: Crash, and I really enjoy the immediacy of it," Wheatley said. "This ashcan is the first time any of this material will see print, and that brings an excitement all its own."

Lone Justice: Crash! is the second time Wheatley and Tinnell have teamed up for a ComicMix serialization. Their first effort, EZ Street, the tale of two creative brothers, was nominated for a Harvey Award. It also contained a comic-within-a-comic aspect, as it featured Lone Justice as one creation of its central characters. Despite the obvious connection between the tales, however, both graphic novels can be enjoyed entirely independently from the other.

About Mark Wheatley

The founder of Insight Studios Group, Mark Wheatley is the award-winning creator of such comic book properties as Mars, Breathtaker, Radical Dreamer, EZ Street, Frankenstein Mobster, Miles the Monster, The Mighty Motor-Sapiens, Black Hood, Prince Nightmare, Hammer of the Gods, Blood of the Innocent and Titanic Tales. He has won the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards, and his projects have been nominated for the Harvey award, and the Ignatz award. His work has been repeatedly included in the annual Spectrum selection of fantastic art and has appeared in private gallery shows as well as the Library of Congress and at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

About Robert Tinnell

West Virginia-born Robert Tinnell has worked in the film industry for twenty years as a writer, producer, and director. Starting as a production assistant for legendary filmmaker George Romero at the age of twenty-three, he produced several independent films including South of Reno and the iconic Surf Nazis Must Die. In 1995, Tinnell traveled to Canada where he wrote and directed the ACE-nominated film Kids of the Round Table. A Disney Channel-favorite, Kids led him on a six-year-run with Melenny Productions. Over this period, he directed Frankenstein and Me with Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher, Airspeed with Joe Mantegna, and Believe (starring Ben Gazzara and Elisha Cuthbert) for Lions Gate. Tinnell's first graphic novel, The Black Forest (with co-writer Todd Livingston and artist Neil Vokes), debuted in the spring of 2004 to rave reviews and sold out in 44 days. Their follow-up, the horror/western graphic novel The Wicked West, was voted the number one graphic novel of 2004 by the staff of Scoop. Magazine. The collected edition of his online strip Feast of the Seven Fishes was nominated for an Eisner Award.

About Insight Studios Group

Insight Studios has been crafting great stories for over a quarter of a century in comic books, syndicated comic strips, books, game designs, television shows, novels and magazines and online. Insight members have created such properties as Gregory, Tug & Buster, Marc Hempel's Naked Brain, The Body, Doctor Cyborg, Road Song, Brew Lagoon, Cryptozoo Crew, Antiques: The Comic Strip, Zombie-Proof, and more. The studio was profiled in the book IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios. Insight Studios Group can be found online at www.insightstudiosgroup.com.

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