Quote1 I just memorize the lines. Quote2
-- Tyler Graves

Appearing in "The Wild Party"

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Plot Synopsis for "The Wild Party"

In Los Angeles 1948, Charlie Parish wakes up in a bathtub after a wild night of partying. He recalls, as he occasionally does, the night after the Pearl Harbor bombings. He remembers a mandatory blackout ordered across the city so as to avoid giving the Japanese bombers targets for bombing. People recall hearing Japanese planes flying overhead but there never were any.

Charlie pulls himself out of the tub and tries to piece together what happened the night before. He recalls seeing Flapjack Jones at the party at the Brown Derby. He appeared to have been roughed up. He then recalls his one-time writer friend, Gil Mason, had been kicked out due to bugging Bob Hope with movie ideas. Gil called Charlie a traitor, but eventually accepted his help as he slumped down in the alley in a drunken-stupor.

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Not how Charlie had last seen Valeria.

As Charlie cleaned up, he was preparing to leave the apartment. He suddenly found the body of Valeria Sommers sprawled out on the living room floor. He saw strangle marks around her neck and realized she had been murdered. He quickly whipped down the door and all the places he had been to hide any evidence that he had been at her apartment and left.

The next day at Victory Street Pictures, Dotty Quinn types up a publicity bio for Tyler Graves. Tyler tells him he'll memorize the lines as an actor. He asks Dotty why Earl's picture had been shut down. Dotty is shocked as it shouldn't have been shut down for several weeks. She snoops around and is shocked when she speaks with Phil Brodsky on the phone as to what happened.

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Dotty works as a publicist at Victory Street Pictures.

Later, Dotty rushed to Charlie's house. She wakes him up as he sleeps off his alcohol. She tells him about Valeria's death and Charlie attempts to act surprised. She tells him how Frankz Schmitt, the director, was furious when he found out and attempted to change the script and write around Valeria's lines. Earl Rath stepped in and told him to have some decency for the deceased. Dotty then tells Charlie that his car is parked in Earl's front lawn and jokes that it must have been one helluva party.

Later, Phil Brodsky calls Charlie into his office. He tells him the 'story' is Val was never at Earl's party. He doesn't want bad publicity getting out. When Charlie looks at a file on his desk while he steps out of the office, he's shocked to see pictures of Val hanging herself and realizes it is a cover up. Brodsky asks for the names of whom else may have seen her at the party so that they can all pretend she wasn't there. He tells him he remembers Flapjack was there but he can't remember much else.

Later, Charlie meets with Gil at his apartment. They talk about script rewrites that Schmitt has them working on. Charlie pulls out a pair of black panties from his pants and realizes he may have messed up big time.

Solicit Synopsis

The first project from their groundbreaking five-year deal at Image will have Brubaker and Phillips fans, old and new, at the edge of their seats, as they weave an epic crime story unlike anything they've done before.

Hollywood - 1948. A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet's suspicious death. And a maniacal Studio Mogul and his Security Chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.

Bonus: This 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE features more story pages, as well as exclusive back pages articles that are only in these single issues!


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  • The cover of this issue was painted digitally using Frenden brushes in Manga Studio.
  • This issue was an immediate sellout at the distributor level, so the comic went back to print to meet consumer demands. The second printing was released on September 24, 2014; the same day the second issue was released.
  • An article by Devin Faraci, "The Lonesome Death of Peg Entwistle" is included at the end of this issue.

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