FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wattle Publishing Announces Release:
FANDEMONIUM by Rick Schindler
London, 4th June, 2013
Wattle Publishing, an independent publishing company launched Fandemonium by Rick Schindler last Friday.
Anastasia Cavouras, Publisher of Wattle Publishing said: “We are excited that we have published such a unique and humorous work. We were delighted that Fandemonium has debuted as No. 1 in Hot New Releases in the Literary Graphic Novel section and No. 9 on the Best Sellers in Literary Graphic Novels on amazon.com as a Kindle Edition. Fandemonium uses the colorful world of comics as the setting for this satirical work.”
Rick Schindler is an award-winning journalist and a lifelong comics fan and collector. He is an editor, writer and producer for NBC News Digital. In a post in his blog on rickschindlerbooks.com, the author thanked his readers for their support saying that he was “gobsmacked.”
Ray Sirico used to have it all. Once, he was the brilliant and outrageous Clown Prince of Comics, who reinvented the venerable superhero Skylord, and ranted and rollicked everywhere from TV talk shows to Hollywood premieres.
But that was in the ’70s and ’80s. Now it’s 1993, and Sirico is a drunken has-been. His wife has left him, his movie flopped, and his comics’ publisher is doing so poorly that its new corporate parent has come up with a radical marketing stunt: the Death of Skylord.
Still, Sirico has one last chance to recapture the limelight: Fandemonium, the nation’s biggest fantasy convention. But others are coming to the con too: Harmony Storm, the sex-crazed actress who broke up Ray’s marriage; his former collaborator Tad Carlyle, who now has his own company, and a troubled relationship; Fred D’Auria, a fanboy fleeing adolescent traumas, and corporate conspirators who are plotting to sacrifice Sirico’s greatest creation for motives deeper than even his fevered imagination could conceive.
Together, antihero Sirico and his superhero Skylord stand at the crossroads of comics and commerce, where quirky creators, fervent fans, conniving businessmen and preening celebrities converge. Deal-making, drug-dealing, lovemaking and truth-telling all collide at the riotous climax of a fateful weekend that leaves no one unchanged.
Fandemonium uses the colourful world of comics and fantasy as a microcosm and metaphor for media consolidation and the excesses of global mass culture. It is at once a hilarious satire of business and society, a portrait of an artist no longer young, and a sometimes poignant look at a universal challenge: to grow up, face the world, and put away childish things.
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