Linder Art Studio Brooklyn, NY

PRISONER OF THE MIND is a neo-noir thriller 16 years in the making. The story is set in the near future of New York, the unforgiving city.

I decided from the beginning of this project, that it would take as long as it takes to get the job done. When I wrote this graphic novel in 1995 I was working full time as a storyboard artist and illustrator juggling five or six projects simultaneously. I could only devote an hour here or there until it was finished, that was sixteen years ago. 

Now, I still hold true to my original plan, which is, “It takes as long as it takes.” Any great comic book artist will tell you that it requires devotion to a project to pull off a 32-page comic in a six-week period, this graphic novel is more that 300 pages. The good news is, volume one is complete and available for purchase below, along with issue number 1 of the serialized comic book.

This is the first in a series of graphic novel trailers created to promote Prisoner of the Mind. Fortunately, I had the help of a good editor, Thanks Ed, and a talented musician, thanks Chad to bring this thing together. If it makes you want to know more, you can always pick up a copy of the book.

The entire five book story arc is available digitally as a collected graphic novel. Print edition coming later this year.

PRISONER OF THE MIND is a neo-noir thriller set in the near future of New York, the unforgiving city. On the outside the city looks a little different. Buildings are taller, the sky is a little darker, technology is more advanced and machines have replaced some human workers. Nevertheless, people are the same inside, hungry, greedy, and deceitful.

A hardboiled government agent with a perfect service record tries to commit suicide after investigating another agent’s death. Following Coles attempted suicide, he awakens in the psychiatric ward of a hospital, with no recollection of the incident. The psychiatrist Doctor Zane questions Cole and learns that the dead agent he investigated was a close friend from the academy named Tommy. As Dr. Zane digs deeper, he finds out that Cole’s mother was killed in a boating accident and his father was murdered when he was only nine years old. When Cole is finally released from the hospital, he discovers his apartment has been tossed, but oddly, nothing is missing.

His partner, Agent Alicia Reece has a theory of why he tried to kill himself that involves his friend Tommy and his past lover Jasmine, but Cole is still in denial. Through a series of mysterious forensic clues, strange dreams and weird blackouts, Cole begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle. Following the breadcrumbs he obtains classified information from an informant that something more sinister is happening. 

He discovers that his father’s death might be connected, when suddenly the rat is murdered. This sets off a chain reaction of lies, conspiracy and the death of more agents. Cole finds himself on the run hunted by a ruthless killer with no identity.

He soon fears that staying alive will test his moral fiber and his friendships. Cole doesn’t know who to trust and sometimes he even questions himself. He tries everything to get to the bottom of it, but the only person holding the key is abducted right before his eyes. Frustrated, Cole seeks the help of his cousin Smitty, that works on the wrong side of the law. 

Every, question leads to more when Cole pays a visit to his father’s grave to retrieve a secret stash that has fatal consequences. Will Cole stay alive long enough to see justice for Tommy and reveal his fathers killer? Will Cole discover who he’s chasing and who is chasing him? Will he re-unite with Jasmine, his former lover and clear his name, or remain a wanted man?

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