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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
@ 4:39 pm

Excellent Dan! Congrats!

#2 Charles Brubaker
@ 5:10 pm

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

#3 Norm Feuti
@ 5:20 pm

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

#4 steve skelton
@ 5:39 pm

Fantastic, Dan!

I wish you the best. You deserve it.

#5 Larry Levine
@ 5:43 pm

Dan, Wishing you great success!!!

#6 Lucas Turnbloom
@ 6:07 pm

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

#7 frank page
@ 5:31 am

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

@ 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
@ 9:05 am

Congrats, Dan! This is great news.

#10 Tom Heintjes
@ 9:09 am

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

#11 Rick Ellis
@ 9:14 am

Yeah for Dan!

#12 Rodd Perry
@ 10:54 am


#13 Stacy Curtis
@ 3:53 pm

Congratulations, Dan!
Good luck on your new adventure!

#14 J Mahood
@ 11:37 pm

Looks great Dan..congrats!

#15 Scott Metzger
@ 2:22 pm

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

#16 Quint Nelson
@ 12:34 am

Dan, you’re da’ bomb! Go Rip Go!

#17 Vlad Kolarov
@ 3:58 pm

Way to go, Dan! Congrats!!!

#18 Jason Nocera
@ 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
@ 12:26 pm

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


#20 Einar Lunden
@ 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
@ 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.


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