Comics in Crime Fiction – Podcast

The Crime Scene with Eryk PruittOn the latest episode of THE CRIME SCENE WITH ERYK PRUITT, Eryk spoke to Alex Segura (editor at Dark Circle Comics), Tyler Jenkins (artist on the comic series SNOW BLIND), and me about comics in crime fiction.

Our hour-long conversation — which was extremely enjoyable to be a part of; hopefully, it’s also enjoyable to listen to! — aired this morning on WCOM 103.5 FM in Carrboro, North Carolina.

If you missed it there, you can catch it on The Crime Scene’s iTunes podcast feed, or listen right here!

In addition to his work at Dark Circle (where, among other things, he edits THE BLACK HOOD), Alex is the author of the Miami crime novels SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, both coming out this year from Polis Books. He also wrote comic books like the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story and the upcoming ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES.

In addition to SNOW BLIND, Tyler Jenkins has written and/or done the artwork on comics like PETER PANZERFAUST, NEVERBOY, and THE CHAINING.

Black Hood #9 – Due Out Feb. 10

Black Hood #9THE BLACK HOOD #9 will be out one week from today. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: THE BLACK HOOD is a superb crime comic.

Writer Duane Swierczynski is joined by a new artist, Greg Scott (Sam Hill, Strange Attractors), and the preview pages look amazing.

I’m once again thrilled to have a non-fiction essay about Philadelphia crime in the back of this issue. This time, I wrote about a heartbreaking murder case that remains unsolved.

Tell your local comic book store that you want a copy of THE BLACK HOOD #9, or get it digitally! The main cover is to the right; the variant cover is below.

Black Hood #9 Variant

Jon McGoran’s Dust Up – Launch Party on 4/19

Dust UpThe launch party for Jon McGoran’s new biotech thriller DUST UP is taking place in Philadelphia on April 19!

In addition to Jon’s novel, you can enjoy beer from St. Benjamin’s Brewing Company, snacks from Weavers Way Co-op, live music from Rich Ciocco and Matt Davis, and the stunning views from the Skyline Room & Roof Deck atop the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch.

A portion of proceeds from books sold at the event will support sustainable agriculture and education in Haiti, where much of the book takes place.

I read an advance copy, and DUST UP is a fantastic novel. An absolutely top-notch thriller.

Get your (free!) tickets to the event right here.

“American Beauty” in Spanish

Cuentos En EspanolMy short story “American Beauty” — about a down-on-his-luck professional wrestler — is now available in Spanish.

Read it here: Belleza Americana

“American Beauty” was originally published in English in the charity anthology Off The Record 2: At The Movies.

Translation by Carolina Maria Russo-Holding. “American Beauty” is my 13th story available in Spanish. All of the translations are available here.

Off the Record 2 Now Available

Duane Swierczynski Interviewed at Geekadelphia

Black_Hood_8_VariantDuane Swierczynski, writer of the tremendous comic book series THE BLACK HOOD, was interviewed recently by Peak Johnson for Geekadelphia. Good stuff.

Issue #8 of THE BLACK HOOD (that’s the variant cover to the right) is out now, and issue #9 is scheduled for release on February 10.

It’s set in Philadelphia. It’s awesome. And it keeps getting better.

Snow Blind – Great Crime Comic

Snow Blind #1SNOW BLIND is a great crime comic. I’ve read issues #1 and #2, can’t wait for #3 and #4 (it’s a mini-series).

The story is superb (a teenager learns some pretty deep secrets about his parents) and the art fits the tone perfectly. Definitely recommended. It’s available in print from Boom! Studios and also on Comixology.

SNOW BLIND is written by Ollie Masters with art by Tyler Jenkins.

Black Hood #8 Available 1/13

Black_Hood_8THE BLACK HOOD #8 goes on sale January 13, 2016!

Along with a great story written by Duane Swierczynski and superb art by Robert Hack, this issue features an essay I wrote about crime in Philadelphia in the fall of 1940 (when The Black Hood first appeared in comics). It’s a real thrill to be in The Black Hood again.

You can order a copy from your local comic book store or on Comixology.

You can read more about The Black Hood #8 (published by Dark Circle Comics, edited by Alex Segura) at the Archie Comics website.

There are two available covers for issue #8. The main cover is above; the variant cover is below.

Both are very cool, but I think this variant may be the best Black Hood cover yet (and that’s saying something).