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HEARTBREAK IS BIG BUSINESS

December 31, 1969

Hopeless & Mellon Find Perfect Match for Lovestruck at Image Comics

Berkeley,
CA – 21 June 2011 – This September, Image Comics will bring readers a
love story like no other. Former collaborators on the Gearhead series,
writer Dennis Hopeless (HACK/SLASH TRAILERS 2) and artist Kevin Mellon
(THIS IS A SOUVENIR: THE SONGS OF SPEARMINT AND SHIRLEY LEE, COMIC BOOK
TATTOO, S.H.I.E.L.D.) are now set to debut LOVESTRUCK, an original
graphic novel about the manipulations of a greedy modern Cupid who has
made love his business.

“Love is such a powerful part of our
lives and yet for so many people it’s just an impossibility,†said
Hopeless. “We all have those friends who are talented and charming and
great in every other way but just can’t make relationships work. They’re
always in their own way. Lovestruck is about what happens when these
hopelessly loveless folks are given all the powers of Cupid. But how can
you control love when you don’t believe in it?”


â“Dennis
first came to me with the idea as a follow up to Gearhead and we batted
it around for a while,†added Mellon. â“It was like a light kind of
shone on me and it became something I not only wanted to do, but had to
do. One of the many joys about working with Dennis is that everything we
come up with together, I pretty much HAVE to do. Come hell or high
water.â€


Along with strikingly beautiful cover art by Erik
Jones, Mellon’s clean, detailed line work illustrates the modern
setting of Hopeless’ unconventional love story perfectly. In LOVESTRUCK,
Kali Monroe gets paid to break hearts. When love is a billion-dollar
industry and the closest thing to cupid is a megalomaniacal CEO, what’s a
girl to do?

However, Hopeless and Mellon’s version of Cupid, as
Caleb Goellner of ComicsAlliance put it, “...is far from a cherub… and
bears more of a resemblance to the theoretical lovechild of Marvel’s
Wilson Fisk and Akira’s Tetsuo than a happy naked angel baby dude you’d
want shooting infatuation arrows your way.”

LOVESTRUCK OGN, a
192-page black and white original graphic novel for $16.99, will be
available at a comic store near you on September 7, 2011.