FORTUNE on Comixology

Fortune - CoverSince the comic book FORTUNE went on sale on Comixology earlier this year, e-copies have been sold to people living in nine separate countries. Artist Dillon Samuelson and I appreciate everyone who bought a copy — but especially the person in Malaysia!

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Spain
  • United States

Here’s how you can get your own copy of FORTUNE:

Noir at the Bar: New Jersey on May 24

Noir at the Bar New Jersey May 2015Noir at the Bar is coming to New Jersey this month, and I’m thrilled to be one of the readers.

The event is taking place on Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Tumulty’s Pub in New Brunswick (361 George St.). The lineup is superb:

Jason Butkowski
Angel Colón
Rob Hart
Jon McGoran
Todd Robinson
Alex Segura
Kieran Shea
Suzanne Solomon
Joe Samuel Starnes
Dennis Tafoya
Dave White
And me, Erik Arneson

The whole event is being hosted by the incomparable Jen Conley, one of my co-editors over at Shotgun Honey.

Please join us for what will be a memorable night, guaranteed!


James Craig Arneson

James Craig Arneson and Erik Arneson at Lambeau FieldJames Craig Arneson, 80, was called to Valhalla on April 24, 2015, far too early.

Jim, as he was known by his many friends, had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile, and an infinite love for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. He was the best husband, the best father, and the best grandfather anyone could hope for.

Like his father Einar, who immigrated to the United States from Norway, and his grandfather Martinus, Jim loved and worked for the railroad. As a young man, he helped lay track for the Soo Line. Later, after serving in the Army and successful stints with companies such as Yardley of London, Kellogg’s, Chun King (a division of R.J. Reynolds), and Blue Bell / Wrangler, he worked as an accountant for Amtrak for many years, spending most of his time in the offices at Philadelphia’s beautiful 30th Street Station.

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, on August 18, 1934, Jim graduated from Superior Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and a part-owner of the team. He loved to read, especially detective novels and thrillers, and was always the best person to go to when you needed a crossword puzzle answer.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Jeanne (nee Scoggins); three daughters, Robin Gattis, Sherri Arneson, and Lisa Williamson; a son, Erik Arneson; and five grandchildren, Linsey Wheeler, Craig Gattis, Payton Willamson, Keltie Williamson, and Kayden Williamson. They all miss him desperately but look forward to being reunited with him in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your local SPCA (Jim and Jeanne rescued many dogs through the years), St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Leukemia Foundation, or the charity of your choice.

Dad was awesome.

Update on the Missing DA

Ray Gricar, the District Attorney in Centre County, Pennsylvania, disappeared in April 2005. His county-issued laptop computer and hard drive were later found, separately, in the Susquehanna River. But Gricar has never been found. That was true when I first posted about this case in April 2012, and it’s still true today.

On the 10th anniversary of Gricar’s disappearance, has put together an in-depth analysis of the case. I’d say it’s required reading for anyone who likes true crime.

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg: A Recap

The first-ever Noir at the Bar event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, took place on Monday night — and we had a great time! Nine authors read their work to a pretty much packed room at The Sturges Speakeasy.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! I’m very confident we’ll do it again, so keep your eyes open for information. (The best way not to miss the next event would be to sign up for my email newsletter.)

Here’s the full Noir at the Bar reading crew (left to right): Jon McGoran, Joe Samuel Starnes, Nik Korpon, Don Helin, Merry Jones, John Luciew, Lori M. Myers, Tom Joyce, and Erik Arneson (that’s me behind Mr. Joyce):


And here’s each reader, in order (at least as best I remember the order!)…


Noir at the Bar: Harrisburg – April 13

I hope you can join us for NOIR AT THE BAR in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, April 13!

We have a great lineup of writers set to read their fiction — Don Helin, Merry Jones, Tom Joyce, Nik Korpon, John Luciew, Jon McGoran, John Micek, Lori Myers, Joe Samuel Starnes, and me.

NOIR AT THE BAR: Harrisburg will take place at the Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., Harrisburg, PA. The fun begins at 8 p.m.

See you there!


Word Crimes: “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski, the author of CANARY, FUN AND GAMES and seven other novels, along with hundreds of comic books — including the new THE BLACK HOOD.

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