Fortune: Print Copies Available

Fortune - CoverIf you’d like a print copy of the comic book FORTUNE, written by me and illustrated by Dillon Samuelson, here’s some good news:

Indy Planet has print copies available for $3.99.

Indy Planet also has digital editions available for $0.99, and FORTUNE remains available as a free download from NoiseTrade.

Thanks to everyone who’s downloaded it so far! Dillon and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the response.

#1 on NoiseTrade’s Mysteries & Thrillers List

NoiseTrade Mysteries 25 Sept 2014The comic book FORTUNE was released yesterday on NoiseTrade and the response has exceeded my most optimistic hope.

To the best of my knowledge, FORTUNE peaked at #1 on NoiseTrade’s Mysteries & Thrillers list, #2 on Comics & Graphic Novels, and #6 overall. Amazing.

UPDATE: This morning (Sept. 26), FORTUNE hit #1 on Comics & Graphic Novels. At the moment, it’s also sitting at #1 on Mysteries & Thrillers and #6 overall.

Huge thanks to everyone who has downloaded it. Illustrator Dillon Samuelson and I are very grateful, and we hope you enjoy reading it!

The special NoiseTrade edition of FORTUNE includes the complete 12-page full-color comic, four pages of Dillon’s black-and-white sketches, my comic script, and the original short story. All told, it’s 27 pages of greasy goodness.

You can download FORTUNE (free) from NoiseTrade.

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Fortune Comic Book Now Available

Fortune - CoverFORTUNE, a crime fiction comic book, is now available.

I wrote the script — based on my short story of the same name about two entrepreneurs in the field of recycling used cooking oil — and Dillon Samuelson supplied the incredible art. Click on the cover to see a larger version and get a real taste of Dillon’s artwork.

You can download FORTUNE for free from NoiseTrade.

The NoiseTrade edition includes the complete 12-page comic, four pages of Dillon’s sketches, the comic script, and the original short story it’s based on. All told, it’s 27 pages of greasy goodness.

We’re very proud of it, and we hope you enjoy it!

(We’re also working to make FORTUNE available in print and in digital comic format; we hope to have news on those fronts soon.)

If you’re still not sure you want to download the comic, take a look at the very nice things some great writers have said about FORTUNE:

“FORTUNE is like a fat, juicy slider from some greasy spoon at 2 a.m. – it satisfies a craving you didn’t know you had and lingers in your gut far longer than you’d like. More, please!”
Duane Swierczynski (writer of Ex-Con, Judge Dredd, Godzilla, etc.)

“Don’t let the name fool you: FORTUNE ain’t about no million-dollar heist. It’s a gritty, morbidly funny tale about the folks scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive, and the slippery nature of ill-gotten gains.”
Chris Holm (author of Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye, etc.)

“A life of crime isn’t all fast cars and fast women. Sometimes it’s fast food, too. It’s hard to stop once the taste for that easy, greasy money gets under your skin, but you never know when the next score could land you in the deep fat.”
Jon McGoran (author of Drift, Deadout, etc.)

“FORTUNE grabbed me at the beginning and wouldn’t let go. In just a few pages, Arneson and Samuelson have created a comic with a tight, timely story, complex characters, humor, and suspense. I loved it.”
Merry Jones (author of Elective Procedures, Outside Eden, etc.)

“Dark, funny, weirdly constructed and twisted, FORTUNE has an ending both unexpected and inevitable, like the best of noir fiction. The shadowy illustration nicely fills in the narrative gaps. Perfectly paired.”
Joe Clifford (author of Lamentation, Junkie Love, etc.)

“No fangs. No wings. No rubber suits. A comic book that would’ve made John Cassavetes proud.”
Tom Pitts (author of Hustle, Piggyback, etc.)

“Under the cover of darkness, two thieves go after the grease. FORTUNE is a fun, oddball crime story with moody, excellent artwork.”
Jen Conley (editor at Shotgun Honey, author of “Finn’s Missing Sister”, etc.)

Huge thanks to Duane, Chris, Jon, Merry, Joe, Tom and Jen for being generous enough with their time to read our comic and share some kind words!

Now go download FORTUNE for free from NoiseTrade!

Please note that FORTUNE is intended for adults. It’s crime fiction and contains some cussing.

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Fortune Comic Book: Available Wednesday

Fortune Promo 2Dillon Samuelson and I are releasing our first comic book, FORTUNE, on Wednesday, Sept. 24 – just two days from now!

FORTUNE will be available as a free download on NoiseTrade, and we’re also working on a way to make print copies available.

I posted a preview of Dillon’s primo artwork a couple of days ago, and before that a few comments about FORTUNE from writers I admire.

Here are a few more in that latter category:

“Don’t let the name fool you: FORTUNE ain’t about no million-dollar heist. It’s a gritty, morbidly funny tale about the folks scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive, and the slippery nature of ill-gotten gains.”
Chris Holm (author of Dead Harvest, The Wrong Goodbye, etc.)

“FORTUNE grabbed me at the beginning and wouldn’t let go. In just a few pages, Arneson and Samuelson have created a comic with a tight, timely story, complex characters, humor, and suspense. I loved it.”
Merry Jones (author of Elective Procedures, Outside Eden, etc.)

“No fangs. No wings. No rubber suits. A comic book that would’ve made John Cassavetes proud.”
Tom Pitts (author of Hustle, Piggyback, etc.)

“Under the cover of darkness, two thieves go after the grease. FORTUNE is a fun, oddball crime story with moody, excellent artwork.”
Jen Conley (editor at Shotgun Honey, author of “Finn’s Missing Sister”, etc.)

We can’t thank Chris, Merry, Tom and Jen (not to mention Duane, Jon and Joe) enough for the kind words!

FORTUNE releases in two days, on Sept. 24. If you want to be among the very, very first to know when it is available, sign up for my email newsletter.

Bouchercon 2014 Author Focus Panel

Bouchercon 2014This year’s Bouchercon — the Annual World Mystery Convention — is taking place in Long Beach, California, November 13 to 16.

If you’ve never been to a Bouchercon, it’s highly recommended. The convention is packed with authors and readers, and it’s an amazing thing to be a part of.

This year, I’m excited to have an Author Focus Panel on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 12 p.m. (that’s high noon) in Harbor Room A. The Author Focus Panels are smaller, more intimate discussions than the larger panels, and they last for just 20 minutes.

I’m still deciding what I’ll do with my 20 minutes, but I’m going to do my best to make it entertaining. So if you’re going to be at Bouchercon on Saturday, Nov. 15, at noon, come check out what’s happening in Harbor Room A.

Fortune: Art Preview

Next Wednesday (Sept. 24), Dillon Samuelson and I are releasing the comic book FORTUNE.

Jen Conley, an editor at Shotgun Honey and author of stories like “Finn’s Missing Sister” (shortlisted for the Best American Mystery Stories of 2013) and “Hatpin”, said this about the comic:

“Under the cover of darkness, two thieves go after the grease. FORTUNE is a fun, oddball crime story with moody, excellent artwork.”

She’s dead on about Dillon’s art; it’s incredible. Here’s a preview:

Fortune Promo Panel

FORTUNE will be available as a free download on Sept. 24. Mark your calendar, or sign up for my newsletter to be among the first to know when it’s available!

(Click on the art for an even larger version.)

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Fortune Comic Book: Available 9/24

Fortune Promo 1On September 24, my friend Dillon Samuelson and I are releasing the comic book FORTUNE.

FORTUNE is based on a short story I wrote that first appeared on Shotgun Honey and was later featured in Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes anthology, but I have to say the comic book version is my favorite. Dillon’s artwork really captures everything that I visualized while writing the story. He did an amazing job.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. We’ve been very fortunate to have some great writers say very nice things about the comic. Like this:

“FORTUNE is like a fat, juicy slider from some greasy spoon at 2 a.m. – it satisfies a craving you didn’t know you had and lingers in your gut far longer than you’d like. More, please!”
Duane Swierczynski (writer of Ex-Con, Judge Dredd, Godzilla, etc.)

“A life of crime isn’t all fast cars and fast women. Sometimes it’s fast food, too. It’s hard to stop once the taste for that easy, greasy money gets under your skin, but you never know when the next score could land you in the deep fat.”
Jon McGoran (author of Drift, Deadout, etc.)

“Dark, funny, weirdly constructed and twisted, FORTUNE has an ending both unexpected and inevitable, like the best of noir fiction. The shadowy illustration nicely fills in the narrative gaps. Perfectly paired.”
Joe Clifford (author of Lamentation, Junkie Love, etc.)

FORTUNE is a 12-page crime comic. It will be available as a free download on NoiseTrade (along with some extra features). We’re also submitting it to Comixology (though that process can apparently take a little while), and hopefully we’ll have a way to order print copies as well.

So mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 24! (If you want to be among the very first to know when FORTUNE is available, sign up for my email newsletter.)

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 9

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastNow available for your listening pleasure: The ninth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast!

On this episode, public radio reporter Scott Detrow reads my story “Sole Operator,” originally published by Out of the Gutter Online’s Flash Fiction Offensive.

Enjoy!

Don’t miss a single episode: Subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes and Stitcher.

Did you like this episode? Let us know by posting a comment here, on Twitter or Facebook — or, best of all, rate the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks!

Word Crimes Hits 1,000 Downloads

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastEpisodes of the Word Crimes podcast, on which public radio reporter Scott Detrow and I highlight exciting crime fiction short stories, have now been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

That far surpasses my expectations when Scott and I started the podcast in January. Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and listened to an episode!

(If you haven’t listened yet, check out our catalog here — then subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher to make sure you don’t miss a single episode. Coming soon: stories by Chris Holm, Steve Weddle, and more.)

Because I’m a bit of a stats geek, here’s a closer look at how things have gone:

  • Download #1: January 6, 2014
  • Download #500: June 18, 2014
  • Download #1,000: September 7, 2014

So it took us more than six months to reach the 500-download mark, but less than three months more to reach 1,000 downloads. Here’s to reaching 2,000 downloads sooner than that!

Word Crimes Podcast: Episode 8

Title 18: Word Crimes PodcastThe eighth episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

On this episode, public radio reporter Scott Detrow reads “Kick,” a fantastic short story by Jen Conley that was originally published by Literary Orphans.

Enjoy!

Don’t miss a single episode: Subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes and Stitcher.

Did you like this episode? Let us know by posting a comment here, on Twitter or Facebook — or, best of all, rate the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks!