Alleged Whiskey is a webcomic set in the fictional small town of Hopton’s Vale, California. The year is 1928 and Prohibition is in full swing, forbidding the consumption of alcohol in the United States. Talkies are just starting to become mainstream entertainment and with Hollywoodland just a few hours drive down the coast, Hopton’s Vale is quite literally at the brink of the Golden Age of Cinema. The townspeople are swept up in the whirlwind of Hollywood glamor. The Milky Way Theater (complete with the town’s secret speakeasy, The Mars Bar, concealed in its interior) is the happening place to be.
Although the town has a small population, almost everyone is eager to bask in the glow of Hollywood and most citizens are hoping the movie-making craze will expand up the coast. However, the town’s only claim to fame is its illustrious animal actor, Reginald the Duck. Reginald is the most celebrated duck in show business and has made a number of silent films, much to the delight of the people in his hometown.
Hopton’s Vale: “It’s Temperate Here!”
Jamie Ludovise holds a BFA in Animation & Illustration from CSULB, and has taught a handful of classes in art for youth. When she isn’t entrenched in art, she likes to be vegetarian, watch old movies, and play with her sheltie Roary. She currently lives in San Diego, CA.
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Mercedes Marks has loved comics ever since she realized that Archie & Friends was hilarious. She has since solved the Betty/Archie/Veronica love triangle and moved onto more important things such as a healthy obsession with Doctor Who. She holds a BA in English from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is currently completing a postgraduate degree in publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Jamie & Mercedes have been collaborators and all around pals since they were teenagers and bonded over a mutual love of YA fantasy. They have managed to beat the odds despite Mercedes’ rampant Canadianism, and have previously worked together on the web comic Regicide, a satirical homage to the works of Tamora Pierce. Alleged Whiskey is their first original project as a team.