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Dirk I Tiede

Connection to Illinois: Tiede was a graphic artist in Chicago. He earned his BFA in commercial art from Millikin University in Decatur.

Biography: Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago. He holds a BFA in commercial art from Millikin University, but has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember. He began Paradigm Shift as an online comic in 1999, and is a founding contributor to premiere comics portal Modern Tales. His artwork is showcased in the books Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and Webcomics, appears the documentary Adventures In Digital Comics, and was featured in Season 3 of NBC’s Heroes. Dirk works as a professional artist, illustrator and teacher in the Boston area.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Paradigm Shift - Part Three: Emergence
ISBN: 1519621167 OCLC:

CreateSpace 2015

The truth lies under her skin. Detective Kate McAllister has big problems. Not only has the killer left yet another dismembered corpse on the streets, but the Feds are butting into the case. Worse, her nightmares have invaded her waking life, threatening more than just her job — her humanity itself is at stake!

Paradigm Shift - Part Two: Agitation
ISBN: 1517365449 OCLC:

CreateSpace 2015

Change is the only constant. Detectives Kate McAllister and Mike Stuart return to the streets of Chicago to hunt for a savage nocturnal killer, but are they searching for man or beast? Does Kate know more about these grisly attacks than she realizes? Their investigation may have to wait, though, because a new lead opens in an old case that forces them into a deadly showdown with a band of gunrunners.

Paradigm Shift Part One: Equilibrium
ISBN: 1519163517 OCLC:

CreateSpace 2015

A pair of wisecracking Chicago detectives decides to single-handedly take down a gun racket. Only things don't quite go as planned, and a screw-up earns them a reassignment to a new case investigating the bizarre murder of a man found in an alleyway. Little do they know that this mysterious body will soon plunge them in a world far bigger and more dangerous than they could ever imagine.