New Comic Book Series Brings Popular Maxim Writer Full Circle
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-- Assignments Such as POW torture, sniper training and an interview with Anna
Kornikova give Myatt Murphy the Experiences Needed to Complete Comic
(New York) September 12, 2001: A leader of today’s generation of new writers, Myatt
Murphy comes full circle this November with the release of his first comic book series,
Two Over Ten (produced by Second 2 Some Studios). The series is a dark story about the
hidden abilities that have always existed within each of us and is meant to answer all the
unexplained mysteries that exist throughout the course of history.
Murphy joins the ranks of other noted comic book writers including film director Kevin
Smith, television’s Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Max Allen
Collins (long-time writer for the Dick Tracy comic strip series) as one of the first in his
field to bring his fresh writing style to the comic book industry.
For the past eight years, Murphy has built a reputation as one of the Nation’s leading
young magazine writers, writing over fifty features a year for publications such as
Cosmopolitan, Details, Esquire, GQ, Maxim, Men's Health and Penthouse. Combined
with international issues, Murphy’s work reaches more than 40 million readers annually.
In 1994, as a part-time researcher at Men’s Health, Murphy was interviewed for an article
in Boy’s Life about comic book collecting, his lifelong passion. Ultimately, that profile
story about Murphy’s advice on collecting comic books made the cover of Boys Life,
which inspired Murphy to start writing for magazines himself. Several years later,
Murphy became one of the most successful and youngest magazine writers in the
"Comic books provide an escape for readers," says Murphy. "There’s more
self-awareness to be had from comic books than many people are willing to give them
credit for, and I believe that my time spent reading about heroes accomplishing
extraordinary things gave me the strength to take on unusual assignments as a
Murphy has wrestled alligators for Maxim magazine, worked in an undercover narcotics
unit for article research, crawled two hundred feet below the ground cave diving for Men’s
Fitness, spent three days in an Amsterdam brothel getting sex tips from hookers for
Cosmopolitan and even spent three days in a POW torture camp for Details magazine.
"After three days in the POW camp, I sold out my country for a glass of water and a
handful of peanuts," apologized Murphy.
On the celebrity front, Murphy has interviewed stars from every walk of life, from
Steven Baldwin and Regis Philbin to Dennis Rodman and Michael J. Fox. "I was even
flown down to Miami to supervise Anna Kornakova on a photo shoot for an article I
wrote about her," says Murphy, "I think I still have a scar from pinching myself about
fifteen times a day for two weeks."
Murphy hopes to use his regular presence on the magazine newsstands (he’s usually
found in at least three features every month) to change people’s perceptions of comic
books in a positive way. Besides constantly adding comic book references in almost
every article he writes, Murphy has managed to get artists like Joe Maduriera
spotlighted in high-profile magazines such as Men’s Health and Maxim. "Getting millions
of readers to recognize the talent that exists within the comic book industry may not
solve the problem, but it’s not a bad first step."
"Whedon, Collins and especially Kevin Smith have brought a certain credibility to the
industry by sharing with their audiences that comic books have been and always will be
an acceptable form of entertainment for adults," says Murphy, "With any luck, my series
Two Over Ten, combined with my magazine experience, will have the same impact.
Besides, I need something to do while I wait for Anna to return my phone calls."
Two Over Ten #1
Within the folds of restless slumber, 17-year old Casey O’ Beirne unknowingly stripped
away the special powers we each hide behind our souls, until touching a single child
accidentally returns some of these "Givens" back to their rightful owners. Now, she must
collect them before humanity unravels…and end the life of an innocent baby responsible
for a world that’s no longer right. Plus: What happens when an idiots life falls apart,
leaving him stranded at a copy shop in the middle of nowhere? He must be at his new
job…as God! One of America’s top magazine writers Myatt Murphy brings the humor
he’s known for in Maxim, Penthouse and Details to this debut back-up story!
b&w, 32pg $2.95
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Contact Myatt Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due out this November, a sneak peek of Two Over Ten can be seen on page 3 in the
September issue of Previews this month.]