Cartoonist Steve Lafler Will Release "Scalawag" in April 2005, His Third Graphic Novel With Top Shelf Productions of Marietta, GA.

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Following the premise of LaflerÂ?s earlier title "Bughouse", the action is set in an indigo toned, Â?insect noirÂ? Manhattan of the nineteen fifties; the characters are bug headed hipster bop musicians.

"What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? That one thing you can’t tell your friends, your spouse, your parents, even yourself? Maybe no one knows, but you still did it! You’re nothing but a no good, low down Scalawag." —Dennis the piano player, rationalizing his reprehensible deeds.

Following the premise of Lafler’s earlier title "Bughouse", the action is set in an indigo toned, “insect noir” Manhattan of the nineteen fifties; the characters are bug headed hipster bop musicians.

Our view into this world is focused on Bughouse, a jazz band comprised of Jimmy Watts, tenor sax, Slim Watkins on piano (then Dennis on piano after Slim dies), Ralph Rojas, drums, and Bones the bass player. Jimmy’s wife, Julie, manages the band, while Ralph’s main squeeze Liz Fuller provides exuberant fan support.

Dennis, the new piano man in Bughouse, is by all accounts a very funky player and a genial chap. But before long, the real Dennis inevitably reveals himself as a gambling, lying, cheating, two-timing, drunken thief and all around Scalawag. Only when he encounters his doppelganger “Dennnis”, does Dennis reach his epiphany—that the real force at the center of his life is love (or perhaps an extremely Machiavellian cartoonist.)

Scalawag is a 144 page trade paperback, retailing for $12.95.

For further information, contact Steve Lafler at [email protected] or 510 653-1355. Website: http://www.stevelafler.net

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