Bender: The Complete Saga

by David Frizell, Michael Frizell

Cover: Bender
Part of the Bender series:

Murder Runs in the Family.

In the wake of the Civil War, a family of serial killers preys on unwary travelers along the edge of the new frontier.

Fortune hunters trek the Osage Trail, heading west as the Gold Rush beckons. Others seek cheap land with fertile ground on which to put down roots. Outside the sleepy hamlet of Cherryvale, Kansas, the Bender Inn greets weary travelers. Kate Bender, an enchanting, effervescent beauty, is the Inn’s mysterious proprietor. Single men, pockets stuffed with cash, line up to sit with this Venus of the plains and discuss their prospects for finding riches or starting a family. So beguiling is she, they never suspect her to be anything but genuine.

When reports of disappearances along the Osage Trail mount, an investigation leads the U.S. Marshals to Cherryvale and the Bender Inn, only to find the property abandoned and livestock rotting in the field. The Benders have disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a dozen bodies in shallow graves—and parts of many others. Even more disturbing are the satanic runes carved into the slab under what the locals have dubbed “The Devil’s Inn.”

Built upon historical record as well as legend, Bender: The Complete Saga's terrifying narrative is as haunting as it is alluring—and may well become the definitive work on the exploits and ultimate fate of the West's First Family of Murder.

Publisher: Skye

About the Authors

David Frizell

Degreed 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.”

Michael Frizell

Michael 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.