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July 11, 2009

One more round: ‘100 Bullets’ tonight at Meltdown Comics

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Tonight’s the night. Go to Meltdown Comics to pay homage to unforgettable decade-long run of “100 Bullets” and to also support a good cause …

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If you haven’t been captivated by 100 Bullets,” here’s the perfect introduction: The good folks at Meltdown will be hosting a “100 Bullets: Last Shot” goodbye party to coincide with the release of “Wilt,” the 13th and final collection of the  Eisner- and Harvey-winning Vertigo series.

Totaling 100 issues, the noir-style “100 Bullets” has the distinction of being the longest-running comic book series to be produced, without interruption, by the same writer (Brian Azzarello), artist (Eduardo Risso) and cover artist (Dave Johnson). Azzarello and Johnson will both be on hand tonight.

During its run of nine years and eight months, the murder and mayhem saga revolved around the mysterious Agent Graves, who gives select people a handgun, 100 bullets, a photograph of a person who supposedly caused pain in that person’s life and the promise that, no matter how brutal the crime, the bullets would never be traced back to the shooter. What appeared at first to be an exercise in vigilante fantasy turned into something far more complex, however, as greater conspiracies were revealed.

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All the proceeds will benefit the Hero Initiative. The event will feature food, cocktails and an auction of artwork from the two artists from the series. “Wilt” will also be available for purchase with a limited edition tip-in plate signed by both Azzarello and Johnson. A Q-and-A session with the creators will round out the festivities.

The event tonight is the talk of the town, at least among comics fans. There will ba torch singer performing and plenty of the industry elite on hand. Consider the ticket, which includes food, an open bar, guaranteed seating, valet parking, a “100 Bullets” shot glass, a T-shirt and more, are available for $150 each from the Meltdown website

If that’s too much for the budget, there are tickets available for $50, which will include admission to the night’s events, food and drink.

– Michelle Castillo

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