"Patient Zero" Writer Offers Online Clinics

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 8 JULY, 2004 -- John McLean-Foreman, writer of the Image Comics series PATIENT ZERO, is offering free online tutorials to aspiring writers, at his website: www.patientzerothecomic.com/forum. The tutorials are held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST.

McLean-Foreman is the creator and writer of PATIENT ZERO, and the lead writer for the videogame Black & White 2 for Lionhead Studios. His monthly "Development Diaries" articles about Black & White 2 can be read in multiple languages, in many countries throughout Europe and North America. John also teaches storytelling tutorials both live and online.

"I believe that in order to become the best writer you can be, you have to constantly study," says McLean-Foreman. "Given my work schedule, the last thing that I want to do after working a 12 hour day is sit down and dissect someone else's work. By doing the weekly tutorials, I have no choice but to study because I've made a commitment to my students."

"Really, apart from doing your own writing, there's no better way to learn than to teach. Besides, I would have killed to have a professional writer answer all my questions when I was starting out - it can be a very lonely and demoralizing when you think you're all alone."

PATIENT ZERO recently fared well in the British Comic Awards, placing in the top ten in three categories. McLean-Foreman finished eighth in the "Best New Talent" category, and PATIENT ZERO finished fourth in the "Best New Comic" category and third in the "Best Self-Published or Independent Comic" category.

Featuring art by Brent White, the book tells the story of a future society in which intelligent machines dominate the world, and one artificially evolved man's battle to stop this from happening before he goes mad. Alex Grant, AKA Patient Zero, must battle against his encroaching insanity and the artificial intelligence that is viciously conquering the human race one mind at a time.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.

Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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