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Palmsvale cover

  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919224-9
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 152 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919225-6
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Premium Color interior
    • 152 pages
  • Keywords
    • Cowboy movie,
    • Movie industry humorous,
    • Dark humor,
    • Gallows humor,
    • Quirky characters,
    • Comic fiction,
    • Los Angeles spoof

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by Michael Gronnerud

A short distance up the West Coast you will find Palmsvale. Home to a thriving movie industry some may say it is just another sun-drenched paradise, but there is much more to it than palm trees and suntans. Living among its citizens is a weirdo crew of independent filmmakers, who very much understand their underdog situation. Led by a peculiar film director named Zach, this rag-tag bunch set out to make a cult spaghetti western by the name Diablo Rio and risk it all trying to achieve cult movie status. It will without a doubt be worth the gamble, if only they can finalize the script. Poetic and bizarre, Palmsvale is a journey in illustrated comedy. It steps one foot into an imaginary world with a rich layer of full-color illustrations, a fist-full of poems and mind bending analogies. It smoothly applies satire to the modern day mores of Southern California and treats us to an absurdity known as the movie biz. Older teenagers and quirky adults will find this to be rich with irreverent humor.

Michael Gronnerud is a professional author, illustrator and designer, whose work is often described as hilarious, layered and cute. He self-describes his writing as post-modern punk and his illustrations as having an almost mid-century style. He has a few published books, including the witty and minimalist collection known as 107 Illustrations. Michael’s work has been shown in several pop-art galleries. He lives in British Columbia. 


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