Archive for April, 2009

Wicker Man Studios Press Release: Wicker Man Studios Launches Gun Street Girl on the iPhone App Store

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Wicker Man Studios is proud to announce the launch of a new website specifically for flagship title Gun Street Girl,, from which WMS is already offering its latest Gun Street Girl story, “The Jealous Dead,” on the iPhone App Store. “The Jealous Dead” will cost 99 cents to download (in the US and Canada–other stores may vary), and can easily be read on the iPhone and the iPod touch with Wicker Man Studios’ own brand-new application, a comics reader which will allow readers using these devices to easily read stories panel-by-panel, simply by touching the screen and dragging the panels from right to left; tapping the screen will show thumbnails of all panels in a story so that one can, for example, easily pick up where one left off during a previous interrupted session.

In addition to the brand-new, never-before-seen story “The Jealous Dead,” WMS also offers another GSG story, “Where It All Began,” for free on the iPhone App Store, for new readers to try out the Gun Street Girl experience free of charge, featuring the secret origin of GSG’s main characters, bodyguard Liz Pendragon and down-on-his-luck magician Eddie Caution. All one needs to do is visit the iPhone App Store and search under “applications” for Wicker Man Studios, and then download the stories– “Where It All Began” is free, and all others are 99 cents.

For those who do not own either of these devices, regular PDFs are also offered at the new GSG site of each respective story, to be purchased, in the case of “The Jealous Dead,” using a PayPal payment of 99 cents.

Gun Street Girl’s archives will still be mirrored at the main Wicker Man Studios site of

With a high concept that feels like La Femme Nikita meets Grosse Pointe Blank with a little dash of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Gun Street Girl has won praise from a variety of reviewers, such as Curve Magazine: “Our current rave [for digital graphic novels] has to be Gun Street Girl . . . Sassy, smart, and socially subversive…”

When Gun Street Girl’s Eddie Caution, a heavyset magician and supernatural investigator, meets tough-girl Liz Pendragon while she’s getting herself in trouble defending her girlfriend from the roving hands of some relations of the local mob, he offers her a job as his bodyguard and muscle, and she accepts, having wanted all her life for there to be a way to encounter magic on a regular basis. The two of them investigate ghosts, rescue those kidnapped by monsters, try to stay out of trouble (often difficult), and generally enjoy life.

Barbara Lien-Cooper and Park Cooper, the creators of Gun Street Girl and owners of Wicker Man Studios, have a column on popular culture at the website Comics Bulletin, found at Barbara has written for many websites, and served a one-year stint as Managing Editor of the multiple-Eisner-award-winning print magazine Comic Book Artist. Park is the Editor-in-Chief of indie comics company Septagon Studios, and of the website MangaLife. Together, they also co-wrote the graphic novel Half Dead, published by Dabel Brothers Productions and Marvel Comics, and later picked up again by Desperado Publishing, and the New Media project The Hidden for manga publisher Tokyopop. They both also adapt manga and edit manga and comics for various companies.

Ryan Howe is the illustrator of Gun Street Girl, and the Art Director for Wicker Man Studios. He is also currently drawing the third of his three issues of the political comics project Female Force for BlueWater Productions. The previous two issues he drew both sold out and went to multiple printings.

The new application was created by Dale Zak, a mobile software developer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His website can be found at:

For all inquiries write to: Park Cooper at

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Wicker Man Studios News, April 4th, 2009

Saturday, April 4th, 2009


Okay, this is it… it’s really happening. Or, rather, it’s all set to happen. The obstacle to what I have been waiting on just cleared, and now it’s time to get press releases, ads, interviews, and other stuff ready… and Ryan says he just finished the new ads yesterday…

Much as I’ve been putting off updating news here because of getting ready for Big New Thing, we’ve also been working on various stuff, clearing the decks to work on Life After The Big New Thing. So…


GSG artist Ryan Howe posted this nifty thing he drew of himself being interviewed by a local Canadian newspaper about the Female Force comics he’s drawn and is drawing:



Let’s see… over at MangaLife, Barb and I wrote a lot of stuff:

Here, I talk about Hunter x Hunter the anime:

Here, Barb talks about the MangaBible:

I have fun talking about dingoes in my review of Vertical’s Black Jack v3 and 4:

Barb is deeply moved by Viz’s Real v3 and 4:

Barb uses an excellent metaphor during her discussion of Slam Dunk v3:

Barb worked hard on this review of Gantz v2:

I get to talk even more about the intersection of manga and the spirit of the samurai warrior while discussing Hunter x Hunter v25:

I got a little punchy here:

Barb got inspired talkin’ about that there Death Note:

Oh yeah, and people just can’t stop being inspired by Naruto in my spotlight on volumes 34 through 40.


See what I mean? We’ve been clearing the decks, catching up on stuff, getting ready, battening down the hatches, battening them down again… That’s not even every single thing we’ve written for ML lately– it’s just the most entertaining stuff. Okay wait it might be every single thing Barb’s written lately, but same thing.


Now, other important news is that Wicker Man Studios members Steven G. Saunders and Fictio– I mean Josh Wagner are at the Emerald City con RIGHT NOW AS I WRITE THIS. I command you to HUNT THEM DOWN and BUY THEM AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF DRINKS.

Wicker Man Studios (and Septagon Studios for that matter) ally Dave Baxter is also there. He doesn’t drink as much as the other two– he runs on solar. Or he’s some kind of hybrid or something, at least. Anyway, instead of buying him drinks (he helps keep an eye on Josh too, after all), ask him how to kill a grizzly.


Let’s see what else… here, look at this:

Look down there at number 216! Right above Civil War! It’s Nora, the Viz manga that Barb and I adapt! But consider that this is not a list of things ordered by BOOKSTORES– it’s a list of things ordered by COMIC BOOK STORES. Dude.

Oh, and look! There’s Kamichama Karin Chu, one of the Del Rey mangas I edit! #172, two slots above Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8.

And, again, this is NOT a bookstores list. This is a COMIC BOOK SHOPS list.  Golly.


Okay that is all for now… off I go to prepare letters announcing Big New Thing… check back here in about… 12 days or so.