SLEEPING GIANT COMICS might not exist if not for the DEATH BY CHOCOLATE series. Originally conceived in 1994 as a
five-page mini-comic, the original DBC story quickly grew into a 32-page black & white comic. Yurkovich submitted the story to the
Xeric Foundation and was awarded funding to self-publish the tale. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, a psychological story whose lead
character was a man comprised of living organic chocolate, was published in February 1996 to positive industry reviews.
Yurkovich infused the story with irony and a purposely stereotypical "mad scientist" sub-plot.
Following DBC's release, Yurkovich self-published the first two-issue THRESHOLD mini-series, 18th and Market Streets. This was
followed in November 1996 with DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: THE METABOLATORS, a dark, Lovecraftian-inspired tale that tied
together various plot threads from the initial DBC release, and saw the series' protagonist recruited as an agent in the FBI's Food
Yurkovich's third foray into the DBC universe was entitled SIR GEOFFREY AND THE CHOCOLATE CAR. In this surreal, time-travel
tale, Yurkovich's protagonist (under the nom de plume "Agent Swete") encountered Geoffrey, a talking dog from a distant world
eager to learn the art of writing from writer Ernest Hemingway. SIR GEOFFREY was followed by the short yet poignant story THE
ETERNITY PASTA, which appeared in the murder-mystery compilation, MURDER BY CROWQUILL.
SIR GEOFFREY was followed by the ambitious DBC adventure tale entitled THE BROCCOLI AGENDA. This 96-page, multi-genre
saga dealt with the life and exploits of Paul Storrie, a man who, through his own deeds, was cursed by the vegetable he most
loved. Yurkovich combined various elements from prior DBC stories as well as the super-hero universe he created in
THRESHOLD. The end result was a multi-layered adventure that demonstrated Yurkovich's progress as both a writer and an artist.
Summer 2007 saw the publication of DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: REDUX, a 120-page trade paperback. The compilation was
published by TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS (the same publisher that released Yurkovich's LESS THAN HEROES, as well as Alan
Moore's FROM HELL and LOST GIRLS, and Craig Thompson's BLANKETS). REDUX includes DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, SIR
GEOFFREY AND THE CHOCOLATE CAR, THE METABOLATORS, THE ETERNITY PASTA, an all-new short DBC tale, new spot
illustrations, and additional supplemental material. Yurkovich spent months reworking, retouching, and in some instances
completely redrawing the art from these earlier tales. The end result is a polished collection that ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY says
"delivers so copiously that, if anything, you'll go into sugar shock." REDUX is a must-have collection for any comics fan bored by
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