NoirCon 2016 – Oct. 26-30 in Philadelphia

noircon2016NoirCon 2016 is taking place in Philadelphia next month (Oct. 26 to 30) with a great lineup of noir-focused panels and events.

I’m excited to be a part of the opening night Noir at the Bar reading which takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 26, at the Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St., Philadelphia.

The list of readers is outstanding: Vicki Hendricks, Jon McGoran, Kent Harrington, Lono Waiwaiole, Andrew Nette, S.A. Solomon, Joe Samuel Starnes, Jonathan Woods, Lanny Larcinese, and many more.

The rest of the conference includes panel discussions on topics like Forgotten Innovators of Suspense, 70s Noir Movies, and The Rough, Rural South of Larry Brown, plus events like a screening of Oren Shai’s film The Frontier, Meredith Anthony’s play Murder on the Main Line, and a keynote address by Woody Haut.

I’ve been to three previous NoirCons, and they’re always a great time. Organizers Lou Boxer and Deen Kogan do an outstanding job.

Join us if you can!

Discussing FORTUNE on The Comics Panel

I recently appeared on The Comics Panel, a YouTube show produced locally that takes on all sorts of comic-related topics.

The gang was kind enough to let me talk about FORTUNE, the comic book I created with Dillon Samuelson. We also talked about the true-crime essays I’ve written for the back of THE BLACK HOOD comic book.

Many thanks to the entire Comics Panel team! I had a great time.

If you’d like to read FORTUNE, it’s available here:

3 Netflix Recommendations

Here’s a quick look at a movie and two television shows Beth and I watched on Netflix (and enjoyed!) recently.

Swerve, an Australian crime film:

Halt and Catch Fire, an AMC show about creating computers in the early to mid 1980s.

The Lava Field, a show about an apparent suicide in Iceland. (Although the only trailer I could find is subtitled in Dutch, the U.S. Netflix version is subtitled in English. Also, it looks like this is called The Cliff in some places — and the four episodes currently on Netflix appear to be season two, although they tell a self-contained story.)

Broke Hack Mountain

broke_hack_mountainSix writers. One cabin. Very limited cell service.

What could possibly go wrong?

Rob Hart organized a writing retreat over the long Fourth of July weekend, christened it Broke Hack Mountain, and it was extremely productive. Rob invited Todd Robinson, Jon McGoran, Josh Bazell, Dan Krokos, and me to come along, and we spent a ton of time pounding away on our keyboards. And eating. And making fire. And eating. And snoring.

Rob’s summary of the weekend is great: Broke Hack Mountain: A Recap, and Tips for Planning Your Own Writing Retreat

Extra thanks to my wife Beth, who sent me to the cabin loaded up with fruit salad, grapes, bananas, and more. She saved me from a diet of exclusively bacon and steak!