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Stephen King's new comic book biography in stores june 22nd.
By The Editor

June 21, 2011 - 04:49

Bluewater Comics

Author Stephen King, the best-selling master of horror who has terrified a generation with his nightmarish imagination, helps give voice to his own tale in a special edition of Bluewater Productions' latest biography comic title “Orbit; Stephen King”.  The comic book will will hit comic shops and online retailers on June 22nd. The 32-page comic retails for $3.99.

The book, which is by Michael Lent and Brian McCarthy and penciled by Kent Hurlburt and an amazing cover by Micha_ Szyksznian. To find a comic book store near you go to download one of the ComicBookBin apps.  The comic book will also be available at Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon.

Co-author Michael Lent says: “One story we confirmed concerned a young King witnessing a friend's accident involving a train (long thought to be a source of his macabre inspirations). Until now, the story was largely apocryphal and wasn't mentioned in King's autobiography. It's a great feeling when you can resolve something once and for all.”

“Orbit: Stephen King,” follows King's career from a struggling writer to prolific best-selling author. It includes insight on his legacy as a writer, his love of the Boston Red Sox, forays into film, drug and alcohol issues, and the accident that nearly cost him his life.

In writing about his near-death in 1999, the authors used King's own account along with police reports that differed from accounts given by some of the media, according to Lent.

“What really enlightened us were the similarities we found between Stephen King and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Both came from dirt-poor families.  Both had talents that were shepherded by strong, supportive mothers. Both had absent fathers.  Each practiced doggedly every day -- their talents weren't hobbies, but their salvation.  It brought them fame and fortune, it sustained them during their darkest hours of drug addiction and it, literally, gave them both a road to recovery when their lives were nearly cut short in tragic accidents,” added co-author Brian McCarthy.

“Orbit” was launched in April 2011 with a focused skew towards a more male demographic. “When we weighed the possibilities of featuring personalities like King, Howard Stern, LeBron James, Gary Gygax and JRR Tolkien into our existing titles, the tone and tenor didn't match. Their enduring popularity and contributions to popular culture are worthy of coverage, but they needed a different voice in which to present the material. 'Orbit' fits that bill”.  The biographies have been featured on CNN, The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, FOX News and more.

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