This week’s edition of the Small Press Spotlight offers a preview of Antarctic Press’ final issue of Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights. The three-part epic is created and written by Matthew Spradlin (Bad Kids Go To Hell) and produced and written by Sean E. DeMott (Owner of Execution Style Entertainment and producer of Devil’s Carnival, Crow’s Blood).
Based on a true story, the saga centers on Janie, “a 15-year-old street-wise product of absentee parents and a sexually predatory grandfather, who hitchhiked her way from Ohio to Los Angeles hoping to put her past behind her. Janie found her way into Hollywood’s 80’s metal scene madness, selling cocaine at clubs on the Sunset Strip and the Valley to high-powered rock stars, record executives, and the Hollywood Elite. Hot Valley Days and Cocaine Nights tells Janie’s story as she parts ways with her Columbian connections and through flashbacks show what brought this small-town girl to LA and how she earned her big-city drug dealer status. Everywhere she went, Janie was once the life of the party. But now, powerful people in the entertainment business, the Feds, and even her own crew members have other plans for Janie before she leaves the business.”
Read the synopsis for the third and final issue here:
“In the conclusion to this 3-part saga based on a True Story, Janie must finally confront her cartel connection to tell them she is leaving the business and face that decision’s consequences. Concurrently, the dominos begin to fall quickly on their whole operation, as the Feds begin to mop up all the members of her crew. It is quickly realized that someone in her crew is a rat! Will Janie, Erik and her brother Jimmy make it out of the 1980s alive? Or at the very least, with their sanity intact? Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll isn’t always pretty. All good things must come to an end, and 1990 is coming on like a hurricane!
ART: Farid Karami, Andrew Crossley, and Archie Van Buren
WRITTEN BY: Matthew Spradlin
STORY BY: Sean E. DeMott & Matthew Spradlin
Check out some of the panels below, and look for the issue in March. For the first two issues head to the publisher’s website or look for them digitally on Comixology.