Xeric Grant winner publishes 'Along The Canadian'

Mon, February 16th, 2004 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

1873: Outlaws tracked to hideout along the Canadian River.

Writer/Artist Joel Rivers, after receiving the prestigious Xeric Grant for

comics self-publishing in Fall 2003, invites you to go out West via the


Recasting the Western as Comic Book, Along the Canadian is a tale of bad men,

vengeful ghosts and a scruffy Sheriff caught in the middle.

Part of a 6 issue mini-series, Issue #1 is a western-style ghost story

combining researched historical facts with purely fictional characters. The

protagonist, Sheriff "Red" Johnston, is a stubborn, honorable man who believes

that the Law can enact justice in a land filled with violence and greed. His

three deputies seem standard western posse-men, but have the long shadows and

bloody footprints of the real men that "won" the West. The Natives, far from

being easily bribed with glass beads, are survivors that have consciously

avoided civilization.

Johnston's Nemesis, the horse thief "Neargasaw" Fred -- a white man adopted by

the Creek Tribe-- is the only person who has the answers the Sheriff needs.

Their verbal and physical duel, waged as men of opposite moralities, is not

"good" verses "evil" but more like "respectable" verses "unsavory".

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