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The first issue of "Choker," the new comic book series from award-winning artist Ben Templesmith ("30 Days of Night," "Welcome to Hoxford") and writer Ben McCool, hit shelves this week and is already generating a lot of positive buzz around the comics world.

A moody detective story set in a dark, technology-fueled world, "Choker" follows private investigator Johnny Jackson as he tracks down an escaped killer. McCool and Templesmith kicked off a nationwide tour promoting the six-issue Image Comics series this week, with signings this weekend in New York City, then moving on to Orlando, Seattle and various other cities around the U.S. The pair dropped by MTV News yesterday to chat about the project and offer an introduction to the gritty world of "Choker."

"'Choker is essentially what might have happened if Raymond Chandler went out on a 10-day bender with Philip K. Dick," laughed McCool. Read More...

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