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Comic Strip

Adventure comic strips are dead. There’s no audience for them.

Which is what Hollywood told William Goldman, in regards to Westerns. They’re dead; there’s no audience for ’em. So he wrote “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

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I’m convinced there is an audience for the adventure strip. And thanks to the Internet, there’s a way to reach the audience that doesn’t involve newsprint and ink.

I’m creating such a comic strip, and I’m looking for an artist who wants to give it a try.

I’m the author of seven published novels from St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur, Bantam Books and Severn House. All were mysteries or thrillers, so I know how to string together a story.

I believe that, if audiences today met “Terry and the Pirates,” or “The Spirit,” or “Secret Agent Corrigan” for the first time, they’d go nuts. I also believe that Peter O’Donnell was the finest storyteller of the 20th century and “Modesty Blaise” the pinnacle of the adventure strip.

1992_05-20Nobody’s doing them any more. Fine. Then the market’s wide open for whoever gets there first.

I’m looking for an artist who wants to give this a try. Someone who knows how to carry an adventure narrative. The idea is to create a set number of daily strips, launch them online, and see if they take off. If they don’t, they don’t.

But if they do, we’ll know how William Goldman felt when he was dumb enough to pen a lowly western.

If this interests you at all, I’d be pleased to show you a logline for the proposed strip, a “story bible,” and an outline of the first story arc, and the script for the first four weeks. Contact me at jdchaynes@gmail.com.

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