"Blunt Force Beating" New Online Crime Culture Site Launched by OptimumWound.com

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"Blunt Force Beating" a new crime culture web magazine launched today in a collaborative effort between Optimum Wound Media and Vancouver artist Christopher Williams. The online journal is an answer to the lack of a full service pop culture website dedicated to documenting the crime genre in all entertainment mediums.

With this new online crime magazine the internet just got a little more dangerous.

When comic publisher and artist / writer Jason Thibault began combing the internet for a website that covered all aspects of the crime genre in the form of a pop culture magazine he came up empty. Enter Blunt Force Beating, a site dedicated to the coverage of crime films, novels, comics, television, documentaries and video games.

Says Thibault, "I couldn't believe that no one had put together a site documenting all of the incredible work being done in the crime genre worldwide. Shows like The Wire, The Shield and Sons of Anarchy have already entered mainstream consciousness not to mention all of the high-quality crime graphic novels such as 'The Hunter' being produced in the comics industry right now. I knew something cool could be put together with the right group of people."

Optimum Wound already had experience both in building a popular online website for creators and publishing crime fiction. When faced with the task of building a new online magazine they enlisted the help of artist and long-time collaborator, Christopher Williams.

“I saw something magical in what Jason was putting forward. A highly-focused site for the crime market was a brilliant idea", adds Williams. "I immediately got to work helping Optimum Wound organize a killer site. This is a passion project and everyone better hold on tight over the next few years as we build the definitive crime culture magazine. The aim is to make it the go-to source for the culture of bad people doing bad things and the vengeance that may or may not follow.”

"Blunt Force Beating" will review film, video and books both fiction and non-fiction that fall within the crime genre and its darker subgenres. As horror culture is already well documented online this site will be quite focused on the crime genre with few exceptions.

In addition to the North American market there will be a strong emphasis on covering international works. Christopher Williams and Optimum Wound co-owner Richard Serrao are already working closely together to produce a series of reviews and essays. In addition a small group of writers have been solicited to add more material to the site. With this new online crime magazine the internet just got a little more dangerous.

For more information visit http://bluntforcebeating.com/

Optimum Wound Comics is a boutique publisher operating out of Vancouver, Canada, specializing in dark crime and genre graphic novels. Founded in 2005 by comic creators Richard Serrao, Jason Thibault and later joined by artist Fiona Ho, Optimum Wound started as an online comics channel branching out into publishing in 2008. Optimum Wound differentiates itself publishing primarily black and white genre work from around the world. In 2008 the publishing house released the graphic novel "Rex" by a highly acclaimed author, graphic artist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj. Their first house book "Optimum Wound: Volume One" was released in September, 2009.

Christopher Williams is a Vancouver based artist and writer. A graduate of The UBC Art History program he spends his time drawing and painting, watching countless films while working on graphic novel scripts, short stories and film reviews. Christopher’s visual art has been shown in Canada, the UK and the United States and is held in a number of private collections.

Jason Thibault
Publisher, Optimum Wound Comics

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