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It’s October 1990. Saddam has occupied Kuwait, Ghost is still in theaters, and Lorelei Cross lands her dream job interning at the local radio station. Handed the task of sorting and organizing the station’s collection of record albums, she finds something she didn’t expect, and discovers that’s just at the tip of the iceberg.
Mixtape tells the story of the alternative rock era of the 1990s as witnessed and experienced by five friends on the cusp of adulthood. Struggling through the pains of growing up, and united by their love of the music found “left of the dial”, Jim (the rebel), Terry (the geek), Noel (the prep), Lorelei (the bohemian), and Siobhan (the teen queen) move from high school into college life just as the music of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth erupt from the underground and conquer the mainstream. They learn that the bond of friendship they thought would never break have already begun to crack, and the music they thought they’d love forever has already started to fade. They discover that everyone’s life, even theirs, has a soundtrack that will always be with them even as those songs and friendships fade. Written by Brad Abraham and illustrated by Jok & Gervasio (Estudio Haus), Mixtape #1 arrived in stores in April 2012 to rave reviews and a sold-out run. Mixtape #2 will be released in stores in October from Ardden Entertainment, and as a digital book available through iVerse’s Comics Plus app.
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So it turns out the radio station is sitting on dozens of old, rare rock albums in mint condition – Lou Reed, The Pogues, The Clash – and they’re just gathering dust. Nothing wrong with “borrowing” them, is there? I mean, it’s not like they’ll be missed, right? But once pal Terry gets wind of her stash, he comes calling with a stack of C-60s and C-90s. She wants things kept under wraps – she could lose her job if word gets out – and Terry promises to keep her secret safe. Too bad this is Terry we’re talking about …
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And, of course, word does get out about the girl with like, every album ever. And when she realizes her possession of the ultimate record collection has granted her the popularity she’s never had, yet secretly craved, Lorelei is tempted by the possibilities. But the consequences of her actions could have grave repercussions for her future.