STAGGER LEE the GN creators Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix appear at Comic Relief with prizes for hat wearing.

“Stagâ€? Lee Shelton shot Billy Lyons dead during an argument over a Stetson Hat. It happened in a St. Louis saloon on Christmas Night, 1895. More than 100 years and as many song versions later, Bay Area authors Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix take an entertaining and bold look at that ‘Bad Man Behind The Myth & Song’ in their new graphic novel, STAGGER LEE. McCulloch and Hendrix launch a Stagger Lee “101â€? Tour Party at Berkeley’s Comic Relief Book Store on September 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. At 7:30 pm the creators will host “101” presentation featuring a slideshow and Q & A. Wear a Stetson Hat & Win A Prize!

When: Sept. 30, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m.
What: Author Book Signing, Reception/ STAGGER LEE Book Tour
Who: Derek McCulloch and Shepherd Hendrix
Where: Comic Relief Book Store, 2026 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94704, Wear a Stetson Hat and win a prize!
Public info: 510-843-5002

Chances are you’ve heard about Stagger Lee in one of the many recordings available by artists like Ma Rainey, Mississippi John Hurt, Lloyd Price, Bob Dylan, The Clash, Ike and Tina Turner, and Nick Cave. McCulloch and Hendrix listened to more than 30 renditions for inspiration while writing and drawing their book. “STAGGER LEE” explores this mythical translation in song handed down over the years. The authors weave together an intricate fictional narrative using available historical record, a twist or two when facts are missing, and a rare social perspective on nineteenth century culture, language, politics and race.

Since its release in May from publisher Image Comics, Inc., “STAGGER LEE” has garnered critical acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Miami Herald, St. Louis-Dispatch, Library Journal, grassroots bloggers, and legendary rock critic and historian, Greil Marcus.

“STAGGER LEE” recently recieved a starred review in the Library Journal, which can be read on the internet at http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6373003.html. Information about “STAGGER LEE” and the book tour can be found at McCulloch and Hendrix’s blog for the book, http://staggerlee.typepad.com/stagger_lee/. The authors can be heard discussing the book on a podcast available at http://www.prwebpodcast.com/releases/pod435519.htm.

Comic Relief, located at 2026 Shattuck Ave (at University Ave., near the Downtown Berkeley Bart Station), features the finest selection in America of graphic novels across all genres, and has hosted numerous artists, writers, and creative iconoclasts over its 19 year history. The store is open from 10am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 9 pm Sunday, and can be reached by phone at (510) 843-5002, by email at [email protected], and can be found on the internet at www.comicrelief.net.