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About Jim Pascoe
Jim Pascoe is a writer, designer, and an award-winning creative director. For the past 20 years, he has been generating, collaborating on, and executing creative ideas. His most recent work is the graphic novel series COTTONS, done in collaboration with artist Heidi Arnhold. The first two books -- The Secret of the Wind and The White Carrot -- are out now. His other comics credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy Animated, and the original series Undertown—which was originally published by Tokyopop, put out as a special edition by Scholastic, and distributed by Universal Press Syndicate to over 50 newspapers worldwide. He is the co-author of the crime fiction novel By the Balls (written with Tom Fassbender and illustrated by Paul Pope), which launched the cult publishing house UglyTown and was rereleased in 2013 in a deluxe 15th anniversary edition. Part of the original founding team of the entertainment advertising agency The Refinery, Jim Pascoe has worked on campaigns for every major Hollywood studio. He and his team have won multiple Clio Awards. He was also the creative director/producer on Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s interactive television program JETIX Cards Live, which won a 2004 Emmy Award (Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology). He lives in Los Angeles, where he drinks coffee, sleeps very little, and believes in magic.
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This volume includes the two underground cult-classic novels By the Balls and Five Shots and a Funeral, along with two brand-new short stories, a new introduction, and over a dozen short essays by industry luminaries. The tales follow the exploits of Ben Drake, a detective with a passion for small cigars and big fights, a love of Old Grand-Dad, and a weakness for women in trouble. North of Las Vegas in the fictional town of Testacy City, Drake sniffs out killers, thieves, kidnappers, cock fighters, double crossers, crooked cops, and numbers runners—all culminating in the bizarre murder of Gentleman Joe Biggs, a well-loved local bowling hero. And as he continues to crack clues in the case, Drake is drawn deeper into a citywide criminal conspiracy.
“Readers who enjoy their hard-boiled detective fiction seasoned with self-referential humor will welcome this collection, which includes two new short stories…The title work, a novel first published in 1998, is the highpoint, as a murder in a bowling alley claims the life of Gentleman Joe Biggs, the city’s leading bowler. Along the way to a crafty solution, the authors wink at the readers—a light touch that leavens a grim fictional universe.”—Publishers Weekly
“With their tongues well placed in their pulpy cheeks, these stories could be read as fairly faithful homages to the classic mystery noirs of the 1930s (and '40s, and '50s) as well as wickedly playful satires...A definitive package of noir throwbacks that will tickle your fancy if you're a fan of Hammett, Spillane and Chandler.”—Shelf Awareness
In Cottons: The White Carrot, the second volume in Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold's epic graphic novel trilogy, we are taken deeper into a rich fantasy world where art is both coveted and feared.
For the rabbits of the Vale of Industry, cha is everything. It’s the fuel that lights their homes, powers their factories, and makes modern life possible. But to Bridgebelle, cha means so much more. It’s the vital ingredient she needs to make thokchas—beautiful works of art that glow and transform, as if by magic.
But Bridgebelle isn’t the only one captivated by thokchas. Outside the Vale, the nefarious foxes have discovered the destructive power they hold. They plan use thokchas as the ultimate weapon in their age-old war against the rabbits. When the foxes attack, Bridgebelle is left with an impossible choice: make them a thokcha, or offer up her life.
In Cottons, rabbits and foxes inhabit a world where magic, technology, and art are used as weapons of war. Written by Jim Pascoe, with bold illustrations from Heidi Arnhold.
To her neighbors in the Vale of Industry, Bridgebelle is an ordinary rabbit. All day long, she toils at the carrot factory. After a hard day, she returns home to care for her ailing auntie. And whenever she's out, she's watchful of the murderous foxes who prey on her kind.
But Bridgebelle is not ordinary—she's a rabbit with talents beyond her own understanding. Using cha, the mysterious fuel that powers her world, she can change everyday objects into thokchas—magical, transforming works of art. Bridgebelle makes thokchas because they're beautiful. But there are those in her world who want to harness her powers and turn her art into a weapon.