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“The Red Diaries” Delve Into the JFK & Marilyn Munroe Conspiracies

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“The Red Diaries” Delve Into the JFK & Marilyn Munroe Conspiracies

Official Press Release

February 13, 2006, Ann Arbor, MI – Although its been over 40 years since
the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, the unanswered questions
and murky conclusions have fascinated audiences in books, films, lectures, and
now comics. Desperado Publishing, through Image Comics, will release the
conspiracy laden graphic novel, The Red Diaries, from writer Gary Reed and
artists Christopher Jones and Laurence Campbell.

The graphic novel reprints the four 48 page issues originally from Caliber
Comics in 1997 and will be presented in black and white with a page count of
176 pages and cover price of $16.95. In addition to the comic story, there
are pages of text material giving background and relevant information on the
events of both Marilyn Monroe’s death and the assassination of Kennedy.
It was a conspiracy of secrets, a conspiracy of murder, as events swirled
around Monroe, JFK, Castro, the mob, the CIA, and other political figures. A
group of investigators are pulled in to the mystery as the revelations of a set
of diaries are set to blow the whole secret wide open. Failing to
comprehend how the diaries could impact the world of today, the investigators are
pulled deeper into the decades old conspiracy and find themselves in an abyss of
subversive cover-ups.

“The story is structured around the actual red diary that Marilyn Monroe
always kept by her side,” says creator and writer, Gary Reed. “But when her
dead body was found, the diary was missing. It was said to have contained all
of her thoughts and revelations regarding her presumed affairs with the
President and the Attorney General of the United States.” Reed explained that in
the Red Diaries story, a hit man who takes on the name of Carlos, retrieved
the diary and because of his unrequited love for Marilyn, continued the diary
over the next few decades and leads into the assassination and the
consequential cover-up of the death of the President. “The mystery isn’t just
that day in Dallas but the impact it had and still has in current day,” said

Reed has quite a bit of experience in writing fictional accounts of real
events. His Saint Germaine series deals with an immortal man who takes memories
of those dying throughout history. He has also written comics and graphic
novels dealing with Cortez conquering the Aztecs, the Zulu Wars in South Africa,
and about the Plague ravaging the population of Europe.

“The Red Diaries is the type of series I want to publish at Desperado,”
said Desperado Publishing publisher, Joe Pruett. “It’s a book that can appeal to
fans outside of the traditional demographics of comic readers and is the
type that can pull in new readers. But most of all, its just a really great

The Red Diaries will be released in May 2006 from Image Comics.

About the Artists

Christopher Jones has done many issues from DC Comics including series such
as Justice League Adventures, Young Heroes in Love, Batman Strikes, and has
illustrated series on Kolchak-The Night Stalker and H.P. Lovecraft. Laurence
Campbell was the penicller on The Disciples from Image Comics and illustrated
Bison from Titan Books. His work appears frequently in 2000 A.D.

About the Writer

Gary Reed is known primarily for his role as publisher of Caliber Comics in
the 1990’s and the company released over 1,400 comics. As a writer, Gary has
penned Baker Street, Renfield, Saint Germaine, Deadworld, and many other
comics and written two graphic novels for Penguin Books adapting the horror
classics, Dracula and Frankenstein.

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