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pressreleasecover.pngArthur Bonaventure always wanted to be a hero. His constant search for a ‘dare to be great situation’ led him through several styles of martial arts, multiple universities in various countries and ultimately a tenured professorship in Princeton University’s English department. Though he achieved all of this by the age of 30, Bonaventure managed to find nothing but frustration. In his mind, his passion had netted him zero. He was just another man tired of being surrounded by the ennui that seems to birth so many great men only to relegate their contributions to textbooks, films or advertising slogans.

It wasn’t until he began an affair with a young, female student named Diana that the disaffected Bonaventure stirred from his defeatist, solitary existence. Her exuberance and idealism inspired Arthur to become involved in activism. It was only a matter of time before Arthur’s hero obsession took hold as new love only fueled his desire to make a difference. Buddhists have plenty of sayings about desire. A rage still burned inside of Arthur. This was more than enough material for the CIA veteran known as Rx to work with. When Rx is hired by a corporation to assassinate a labor union organizer, Arthur’s profile as an anti-corporate activist makes him the ideal candidate for the modified, modern MKULTRA methods used by Rx for over forty years. Dubbed ‘Operation Blackjack’, Arthur is kidnapped, drugged and tortured before he is planted as a mole in a goodwill visit to Southeast Asia.

Diana, now pregnant with Arthur’s child, tags along. While the experimental drug used on him affects his adrenal glands and further conditioning is supposed to trigger his rage and eliminate a specific target, something goes wrong. The target lives and a massive explosion leads to an international scandal implicating both the CIA and the corporation. The mother of his child is murdered by a private military contractor. Arthur barely escapes and winds up stateside, addicted to a mystery drug and unable to piece together what happened to him. With only fragments of information to go on, he calls himself ‘Jack’ and struggles to survive long enough to expose the truth behind what happened to him.

John Wilkey To Appear At Garden State Comics Fest


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pressreleasecover.pngCreator John Wilkey will be making his first ever convention appearance at Garden State Comics Fest on August 23.

‘John Wilkey’s Rx’ is a black and white conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man who creates an international scandal implicating both the CIA and a major corporation when he fails to assassinate a labor union organizer. Having been drugged and tortured in a mind control experiment, the man known as ‘Jack’ must stay alive long enough to piece together the details of what happened to him while the disgraced parties attempt to clean up their mess.

The CIA’s early exploits leading up its MKULTRA days provided a real life, historical basis for the story’s otherwise quirky action and characters. MKULTRA involved the spy agency’s documented experimentation with drugs and other questionable practices involving torture for the purpose of developing new forms of warfare. The most notorious participant in these activities was a Dr. Ewan Cameron who believed he could use these techniques to make any human being a blank slate and then use a method he called ‘psychic driving’ to make a subject do his bidding. This man and his total lack of regard for the human soul became the basis for the story’s antagonist, Rx, and his life’s work. Whereas the real MKULTRA fell apart in the early sixties, this twisted individual invented new drugs that gave him the edge needed to continue his work for forty more years. His perfect track record for breaking people and forcing them to carry out assignments was CIA legend until ‘Jack’ comes along.

As the sole creator of this graphic novel, Wilkey has only dealt with artists he has never met and bore the belief that he would one day hold his book in his hands, more or less on his own with only a few loyal supporters. Now, he is beyond thrilled to have a chance to meet comic book fans and share the fruits of his labor with each of them.

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