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United Media launches Rip Haywire by Dan Thompson

Rip Wire Teaser by Dan Thompson

United Media is launching a new contemporary action adventure comic strip on January 5, 2009 by Dan Thompson. The new feature is entitled Rip Haywire who is a soldier of fortune cast as a comic version of Indiana Jones, James Bond and Jason Bourne. Along for the ride in his adventures are his cowardly dog, TNT, and his ex-girlfriend Cobra.

“Featuring stunning artwork and blending melodrama with deadpan humor, ‘Rip Haywire’ is not only a loving update of thrilling golden-age comics like Milton Caniff’s ‘Terry and the Pirates,’ but also a witty satire of the action genre in general,” says Ted Rall, United Media’s acquisitions editor. “Dan Thompson’s masterpiece sends up all manner of macho icons, from action movie heroes like Schwarzenegger to TV shows like ’24.’ I was instantly hooked.”

Dan Thompson is a freelance artist based in North Carolina. He conceived Rip Haywire as a contemporary comic strip combination of Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible and The Bourne Identity. Thompson has always loved adventure-themed stories, having grown up watching Hanna-Barbera’s The Adventures of Jonny Quest and GI Joe episodes.

Community Comments

#1 Lucas Turnbloom
December/10/2008
@ 4:39 pm

Excellent Dan! Congrats!

#2 Charles Brubaker
December/10/2008
@ 5:10 pm

Been a fan of Thompson’s work since his “Lost Sheep” days. Glad he’s finally syndicated.

#3 Norm Feuti
December/10/2008
@ 5:20 pm

This strip looks like a lot of fun. I hope he does well with it.

#4 steve skelton
December/10/2008
@ 5:39 pm

Fantastic, Dan!

I wish you the best. You deserve it.

#5 Larry Levine
December/10/2008
@ 5:43 pm

Dan, Wishing you great success!!!

#6 Lucas Turnbloom
December/10/2008
@ 6:07 pm

“Lost Sheepâ? was funny as hell. I’m sure this new one will be just as good.

#7 frank page
December/11/2008
@ 5:31 am

couldn’t have happened to a better guy. good luck dude!

#8 DAE BROWN
December/11/2008
@ 8:57 am

Finally Dan the cheap imitations will face your talent… maybe the poor sheep will get a break someday too!

#9 Worth Gowell
December/11/2008
@ 9:05 am

Congrats, Dan! This is great news.

#10 Tom Heintjes
December/11/2008
@ 9:09 am

Excellent! So great to see a new continuity strip getting a shot!

#11 Rick Ellis
December/11/2008
@ 9:14 am

Yeah for Dan!
Congratulations!

#12 Rodd Perry
December/11/2008
@ 10:54 am

Ohhhh!

#13 Stacy Curtis
December/11/2008
@ 3:53 pm

Congratulations, Dan!
Good luck on your new adventure!

#14 J Mahood
December/11/2008
@ 11:37 pm

Looks great Dan..congrats!

#15 Scott Metzger
December/13/2008
@ 2:22 pm

Very, very cool. Congratulations Dan! Best of luck to you.

#16 Quint Nelson
December/15/2008
@ 12:34 am

Dan, you’re da’ bomb! Go Rip Go!

#17 Vlad Kolarov
December/16/2008
@ 3:58 pm

Way to go, Dan! Congrats!!!

#18 Jason Nocera
January/9/2009
@ 4:57 pm

I missed this news story – congrats, Dan! That’s awesome. I hope the initial launch was a good one!

#19 Allan Holtz
January/16/2009
@ 12:26 pm

Is this strip being syndicated to print newspapers or just on the website? Has anyone seen it in a newspaper yet?

–Allan

#20 Einar Lunden
February/26/2009
@ 6:02 pm

For the sake of comics in general, I sure hop this one flies! Such a great concept and it’s well-executed.

#21 Eva Politis
December/13/2009
@ 7:31 am

I got a question for all ya’ who have either successfully or unsuccessfully submitted a comic to the syndicates. How long did it take until you received a response (either positive or negative)?

The question really applies to those who have submitted their material electronically, but I’d love to hear from everybody.

Thanks,
Eva

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