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ORIGIN STORY: The first issue of homegrown Okie Comics hits shelves this week

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Okie Comics, a new Oklahoma-centric comic book, will debut Friday, Dec. 1 at Paseo Plunge at a special launch party.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gotham. Metropolis. Oklahoma City. When it comes to comic books, for decades, one of those cities didn’t belong. That’s all changing with the publication of Okie Comics’ first issue. An Oklahoma-centric free bi-monthly comic book showcasing some of the best writers and artists in the state, publisher and editor Jeff Provine said he was inspired to start the magazine to show local talent they didn’t have to relocate to the coasts to work in the industry.

Okie Comics is a chance for Oklahoma artists to get together and get their work out and into the community,” Provine said.  “After seeing so much potential through the years in regards to the talent we have here in Oklahoma, I wanted to put something together that said sure, Marvel and the other comic book publishers are great, but here’s what we can do locally.”

With stacks of books ready to hit the stets of the Metro next week, Provine said that after six months of planning and production, when he picked up that first copy from the printer’s earlier this week, it was like “an angelic chorus ringing” in his head.

“There’s no reason, with all of the technology and awesome stuff that we have today that you have to go to New York or L.A. to be a writer or artist,” Provine reiterated. “There’s been a big shift in publishing, stemming from technology. Now we’re in a situation where you can get stuff printed very cheaply and effectively, which has caused quite the transformation in the independent publishing community with magazines and newspapers. If people can do it for news, why can’t we do it for comics?”

For those who can’t wait to check out their local newsstands and magazine racks next week, Okie Comics will hold a special launch party on Friday, December 1st, starting at 6 p.m. The party takes place at Paseo Plunge, 2010 Paseo. Admission is free and everyone is invited to join the celebration with snacks, prizes, and free introductory issues of Okie Comics.

“When people pick up a copy of Okie Comics, know that you’re supporting not only the arts and culture of Oklahoma, but something new that we are hoping people like,” Provine added. “But, mostly, it really is just an awesome magazine with a wide range of stories, from comedy to some action to even a weird western artist Jerry Bennet did for us with a pterodactyl attacking cattle trails back in the1880s. This is something truly fun and original in Oklahoma City.”

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