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A PREMIER COMIC AND GRAPHIC NOVEL PUBLISHER
(2 issues & Graphic Novel)
The Creative Team
Steven Philip Jones has spent most of his life living in eastern Iowa. Steven has written fiction novels for adults and young adults, comic books, graphic novels, radio scripts, non-fiction, and advertising pieces. Steven has also taught courses in comic book writing and enjoys mentoring other writers as well as editing. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he majored in Journalism and Religion and was accepted into Iowa's prestigious Writers' Workshop MFA Program in 1990. Some of his comic book work includes adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula and H.P. Lovecraft, Talismen, and his creator owned series, Street Heroes.
Aldin Baroza is an animation storyboard artist and comics artist and has comics published by Caliber and Slave Labor Graphics including the acclaimed series, Tales from the Heart. He work has also been featured in Tokyopop’s Rising Stars of Manga as well as The Asian American Comics Anthology. His Rose Madder is a creator owned series. He has also storyboarded, and worked as a storyboard director and assistant director on various animated television shows, including Hey, Arnold!, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Family Guy, American Dad, Squirrel Boy, Sit Down, Shut Up, and Napoleon Dynamite, and Futurama, and was nominated for an Annie Award in 2008 for storyboards on The Replacements. He is currently working as a director on Axe Cop, High School USA!, Golan the Insatiable, and Major Lazer for the Fox network’s Saturday night animation block.
A new hero. A hero that has tasted the stench of evil’s darkness yet has also touched the goodness in men’s hearts. A hero that rewards as well as punishes. A hero that battles street crimes as well as that which crosses supernatural dimensions.
The hero is NIGHTLINGER and the shadows are his domain. And joining him is his sexy assistant, Myke who keeps Nightlinger embedded in the realm of humanity.
From one troubled person to the next the plain black business cards with the gold lettering are passed.
"I had a problem like yours once," the donor confesses. "This card got me out of it."
There is only an address on the card, to the Haunted Bookshop in Minneapolis, where a fat man named Stick sits behind the counter. This fat man will patiently listen to your tale of woe, may even ask you a question or two, but in the end all he will do is wish you well, leaving you nothing to do except to go home. Sometimes nothing happens to rectify a problem; more often than not, the predicament is resolved. Permanently. In the latter case a letter appears in your mail requesting a small donation to support the Haunted Bookshop. Most folks are only too happy to comply.
For a while after your predicament is resolved you may carry the card around in your wallet or your purse. You might even forget it is in there. Until one day when someone tells you their tale of woe, and you instinctively reply, "I had a problem like yours once."
Underneath the streets and sewer-lines of Hull is buried the remains of Universal City, a township that thrived outside frontier Minneapolis over a century ago, most of its Victorian homes and shops where destroyed in a range fire that swept across Minnesota in 1897. The enterprising people of Minneapolis saw the opportunity to expand their borders and annexed Universal City, building right over whatever survived the fire. If you ride one of the select man-lifts down far enough underground it will bring you to the grave that is Universal City, where the sky is made up of rafters and concrete and steam pipes; where empty trolley cars occasionally roll by vacant structures; and where on some nights, lights burn inside the old Universal City library where Feril Nightlinger tinkers, builds, studies and hides away when he wants or desperately needs to be alone. It is down here, it should be mentioned, that those plain black business cards with the gold lettering are printed up.
This edition compiles the two comic issues from Caliber’s Gauntlet line plus a short story as well as two back up stories staring Vanguard.
Written by: Steven Philip Jones
Art by: Aldin Baroza
Contributions by: Dan Jurgens, Clarke Hawbaker, Christopher Jones, C.P. Smith
NIGHTLINGER: Creature of the Night
Collecting the entire Nightlinger story.