Bender, Volume 2

Bender, Volume 2

by Michael & David Frizell

Bender, Volume 1The blizzard of 1871 blankets Southeast Kansas with a supernatural calm.

Despite the weather, the Bender Inn has established itself as an essential resting place for travelers heading west along the Osage Trail. The inn’s beautiful hostess, Kate, has become an essential part of the thriving community, and young men flock to the Bender homestead to help the “low Dutch” family tend the cattle, erect a proper barn, and more in hopes of catching a glimpse of the comely proprietor.

But Kate’s dark desires, the romance-minded Brockman’s insistence that they marry, and the suspicious Pastor King sows doubt about Kate’s virtue among his faithful flock, pushing Kate to the edge of her thin patience, threatening Pa Bender’s criminal activities.

Too many people have gone missing, and the only thing they have in common is a planned overnight stay at the “Devil’s Inn.”

In chapter three, “Clairvoyance,” a harrowing tale by a virtuous woman whose brush with evil and harried escape from the clutches of the murderous Bender family spread amongst the elders of the nearby settlement. Pastor King confronts Kate, causing her to rush her next kill, a man travelling alone to seek his fortune in California.

In chapter four, “Escalation,” a federal marshal discoveries two frozen bodies on the prairie, victims of John Bender, Jr.’s deadly hammer. Meanwhile, George Lochner, a well-respected gentleman, and his daughter journey down the Osage Trail, intent on starting a new life after the death of his wife. The Bender Inn, the only light for miles, lures the weary, broken family to a fateful confrontation.

This deluxe magazine collects two chapters originally presented in Saddlebag Dispatches in one handsome volume! (66 pages, Skye Press, 2017)

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Paperback ISBN: 978-163373264-3
Michael FrizellMichael Frizell is Deputy Publishing Director and serves as the editor for the Skye, Lee, and Tweed imprints. He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

He is the writer of Bender: The Graphic Novel, which is being serialized in Saddlebag Dispatches. The story, presented again in two volumes so far, will have a third and final volume out next year. He also edits The Learning Assistance Review, the peer reviewed journal of the National College Learning Center Association, and his creative nonfiction has been published on the National Gallery of Writing, The Good Men Project, Mensweb, Red Ink Journal, The Moon City Review, and others.

He has written staged parodies of Star Trek: The Original Series and The Next Generation for Harvest Moon Productions. His comic strip, Crewman #4: The Adventures of a Red Shirt aboard the USS Enterprise, can be seen on Facebook. He was also a writer for George Cron’s Class Act Productions, where he wrote staged parodies of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a full-length parody of the classic horror film, Jaws.

As a writer with TidalWave, he writes comics based on the lives of the famous and infamous and have been featured on CNN, NBC, Yahoo, MTV, Politico, Reuters, Entertainment Weekly, AdWeek, and many others and have been translated into three languages. Select nonfiction publications include, from the TRIBUTE line: Christopher Reeve (in conjunction with the Reeve Foundation), Jerry Garcia, Bettie Page, Russell Wilson; the FAME line: Prince, Chris Pratt, Liza Minelli, Miley Cyrus; and the POLITICAL POWER line: Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, and many others. Fiction comics include The Secret Life of Bettie Page, a Cold War era sci-fi action graphic novel, and James Dean: Timeless, a sci-fi western series authorized by the James Dean estate.

David FrizellDegreed in both graphics (Bachelor of Science in Technology in Commercial Graphics) and fine arts (Bachelor of Fine Art in Art ), Frizell has practiced professionally since graduation. He became Smithsonian certified in 2007 as a judge for the Sedona Arts Festival and has participated as a mentor to many art field aspirants. His partnerships with production firm TwentyFourCore, Devco Entertainment and Bluewater Productions has fueled a recent onslaught of new and creative material.

Frizell has had art shows in a variety of states nationally and is internationally known for his work with producer TwentyFourCore for Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust and Disturbed and also Devco Entertainment’s Wednesday 13.

Few artists can demonstrate the biomechanical combination of fantasy and reality that DA Frizell represents in his wide range of work. Adept in media ranging from clay and multimedia sculpture to digital and graphite illustrations, he has developed his craft to an esteemed level of skill and proficiency. Frizell’s illustrative methods stretch the imagination to a nearly abhorrent level without crossing the line to tastelessness, yet he attributes his work to childhood imagery and reflection. Fortunately, the associated memories are from monster movies like Frankenstein, Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon that he enjoyed with his family. His father, an artist himself, would often bring home books like Conan or novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs that stimulated Frizell’s imagination. Aside from the most influential person in his life, his father, Michael Frizell, his biggest Art inspirations are: Frank Frazetta, H.R.Giger, Berni Wrightson, Basil Gogos, Al Williamson, Boris Vallejo, Luis Royo, Hajime Sorayama and Olivia.

Frizell’s art emulates the styles that He grew up with. He utilizes an extensive media base to ensure the development of the illustration fits the project at hand. “When I see my planning, research and imagination transform into a well-defined piece of work, the pride and satisfaction I feel from putting my imagination on paper accelerates my convictions to become a more recognizable fixture in the illustrative community.”

Frizell has worked on professional photographs, comic and magazine publications, stage props for live entertainment, Music CD and DVD covers and interiors, Music Video Backgrounds, apparel, temporary tattoos, stickers and a wide range of marketing souvenirs.

“Through my art, I am able to create a bond with musicians, authors and private collectors to give a concrete visual representation to the subject of mine or their imaginations.”