Cult Favorite Paradigm Shift Hits Shelves

Dec 2nd 2007
CHICAGO, IL – December 3rd, 2007 – Indy webcomic favorite Dirk Tiede will be bringing his long-running online manga Paradigm Shift to stores this February in a handsomely packaged trade paperback, marking the beginning of national distribution for this popular webcomic series.

Strap in for a ride through Chicago's dark alleys and side streets as detectives Kate McAllister and Mike Stuart follow a trail of victims mauled by neither man nor beast. Called “a wonderfully written and drawn police thriller” by, and described by Newtype USA as a clever hybrid of slick Japanese style and smart American storytelling, Paradigm Shift is a police procedural punctuated by sardonic humor, explosive gunfights, and supernatural horror. With its intense action, old-school manga feel, and gritty, authentic Chicago backdrop, this paranormal detective thriller delivers twists and turns that will leave readers gasping for more.

Paradigm Shift originally appeared in the starting lineup of the exclusive online comics portal, ModernTales, and now thrills thousands of fans worldwide with weekly installments at Site founder Joey Manley said, “Paradigm Shift reinvents everything it touches… Tiede's beautiful, engaging art and strong writing make for a very auspicious debut.” The series is applauded by fans and critics alike for the meticulous care taken in its detailed depictions of the artist's home city of Chicago. “I was inspired to draw the comic after I moved here a decade ago,” Tiede said, “I work from photos I take around the city of places that will fit into the story.”

A professional illustrator by trade, Tiede's work has appeared in the books TOON ART: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and WEBCOMICS. A regular on the comics and anime convention scenes, he also makes frequent guest appearances to speak about the process of creating manga and the business of art at schools such as The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Art.

Paradigm Shift – Part One: Equilibrium (ISBN-13: 978-0-9789717-1-7) collects the first volume of online material, including a special bonus section detailing the process of creating the manga, and is priced at $9.95. Released as a 100 page black-and-white, digest-sized soft cover, the books ship in February from, distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors (Order Code: DEC073615 F).

Sample art from the manga is available upon request. Read the ongoing webcomic at and see more of Tiede's work at

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