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ISBN: 9780980906431 DIAMOND COMICS NUMBER - JUL09 1019

RICHARD SERRAO’S MEMENTO MORI IS A SAVAGE TALE OF A PARAMILITARY FORCE HELL BENT ON TAKING OUT A SADISTIC CHILD KILLER AND THEN FIGHTING THEIR WAY OUT. THE ALWAYS CONTROVERSIAL HART D. FISHER SPILLS HIS GUTS ON HIS EXPERIENCES AS PUBLISHER OF BONEYARD PRESS, FACING DOWN THE MEDIA AND THE TRAGIC MURDER OF HIS GIRLFRIEND. IN BATTLES WITHOUT LIVING WITNESSES A HIT MAN IS TRAPPED BETWEEN TWO CRIME SYNDICATES WHO’VE JOINED UP TO HUNT HIM DOWN. THE BOOK IS ROUNDED OUT BY FEATURES ON UNDERGROUND CULT-ARTIST RYAN PATTERSON, SEAN FIDLER’S LOST JIMMY FILES AND THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF SERBIAN COMIC ARTIST BRANKO DJUKIC. FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT COMICS AFTER GARTH ENNIS’ PREACHER FINISHED ITS’ RUN

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A GRAPHIC NOVELLA BY 3


sometimes that kid scares me. He knows i’ll never make it back to the safe house.

part of the reason i was allowed to do this mission was that afterwards i’d be re-assigned to the bio-weapons division.

later today my 4 x 4 will be found burned to a crisp, along with an unidentifiable body inside.

of course someone will take responsibility and the killing machines will be sent to take them out.

i hate leaving the unit like this but i’ll keep my word...besides, i’ll always be looking out for them.

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It’s been almost a year since Sarge was killed. We’ve been going from one hotspot to another and need some r&r.

Terrorist cells seem to be coming out of the woodwork and as fast as we stop them, two more splinter off and take its place.

Last month in Bolivia things got hairy and we lost Mikail during a firefight.

We’re exhausted and have to take a break before we get sloppy again and more of us get killed.

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On our way home, we’re hitching a ride with a hazmat recon team when a suicide bomber detonates a “dirty bomb” in a crowded mexican bordertown.


Killing the lights like that will disorientate them while their eyes adjust to the dark after being outside in the bright afternoon sun.

My phone vibes in my pocket. Someone’s set off my silent security system. I turn off all of the breakers for my place. It goes dark everywhere. I’m locked and loaded.

By the time they’d have rounded the corner and realized i was there it would’ve already been too late.

WHUP

BUDDABUDDABUDDA 6


CHKCHK BRA

KARA

ACK ACK

BRA

ACK ACK

KARA

ACK ACK

BRA

KARA

WHOOMP

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BATTLES WITHOUT LIVING WITNESSES A GRAPHIC NOVELLA

by JASON THIBAULT

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my last safehouse was compromised. a 12-tonne shithammer was headed my way.

the sellout was complete now. every available cop. every spare gun for hire. was at my doorstep.

chongo and the rest of his crew would be hiding until my remains were carried out of this building.

they would come in fast and hard.

they’d be relentless.

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tear gas grenades, combat shiotguns, kevlar vests. whatever worked.


i eye-swept the horizon. nada. they were out there. time to let them know that i was home.

a two beretta welcome wagon. they wouldn’t expect me to shoot first. not out in the open like this.

and normally i wouldn’t.

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the best i could do was strafe the rooftops. bring the fight to them.

bangbangbangbang and even in the chaos i could tell they’d reached the sixth floor. they were right behind me. the berettas emptied. no time to reload.

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BRANKO DJUKIK THE ARTIST WITH CRAZY SKILLS Pen & Ink Born in Zrenjanin, Drank Djukic received his degree from The Art Academy School in Novi Sad in 1995. In 1999 he began his post-graduate studies at The Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade which he completed in 2003. He is a member of U.L.U.S. (the association of Fine Artist) since 1997. He is mainly active as a painter, but he is also involved in comics. He has published his comics in major magazines from Former Yugoslavia, like Nin, Intervju, Stav, Slic, and Zr-Strip.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

RYAN PATTERSON

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INTERVIEW BY JASON THIBAULT Where did you grow up and maybe talk a little bit about your surroundings?

We moved to Elizabethtown, KY, when I was eight years old and I lived there until I was eighteen. Elizabethtown is a little under an hour south of Louisville and it was during my years there that I came to love music, eventually discover punk and hardcore, start my own band, and have my mind opened to all that can come with that experience. Once I graduated high school, I moved to Louisville and have lived here since.

I have lived in Kentucky all of my life, I’ve been lucky to have been able to travel the world and gain a lot of perspective that informs my decision to continue living here, but it’s home and I do love my life here. I was born in 1977 in Lexington, KY. My parents and their families are all from Louisville, but they went to college at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, were married there and years later both my brother and I were born there.

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