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:

Free Comic Book Day 2016

Fortune - CoverToday is Free Comic Book Day! I’ll be visiting my local shop, Comics and Paperbacks Plus in Palmyra, PA, to grab a few of the free issues being made available by Marvel, DC, Archie, Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite, and many other great publishers.

If you can make it to a local comic book store today, it’s well worth a visit.

If not, here’s a free comic book you can download right now: FORTUNE. It introduces two hard-working entrepreneurs in the field of recycling used cooking oil. The only problem? They don’t have the permission of the restaurants where they’re getting the oil…

Chris Holm called it “a gritty, morbidly funny tale about the folks scraping the bottom of the barrel to survive,” while Merry Jones called it “a comic with a tight, timely story, complex characters, humor, and suspense.” Other great people have also said nice things.

I wrote FORTUNE and Dillon Samuelson provided the incredible art. It’s based on a short story of the same title that was published by Shotgun Honey and included in Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes anthology.

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

Black Hood #10 – Available May 4

The Black Hood #10Issue #10 of THE BLACK HOOD, Duane Swierczynski’s tremendous comic book about a cop addicted to painkillers who’s trying (in his own twisted way) to the streets of Philadelphia safe, will be available tomorrow, May 4.

Greg Scott’s art, Kelly Fitzpatrick’s coloring, and Rachel Deering’s lettering are perfect for the gritty story that Duane’s telling in THE BLACK HOOD.

If you still need to be convinced, a preview of issue #10 is available at Comic Book Resources.

This issue also includes an essay I wrote about a child who is best known, tragically, as the Boy in the Box. His remains were found in Philadelphia in February 1957 and he’s never been identified.

This is my sixth essay for THE BLACK HOOD, and it’s probably the one I’m most proud of. Even if you already know something about the Boy in the Box, I think you’ll learn a few new details. I read many of the original newspaper articles written in 1957 immediately after the body was found. In those early days, there was a lot of optimism that the boy would be identified and his killer(s) brought to justice.

Many thanks to Duane and editor Alex Segura for including my essay. The main cover is above right; the variant cover is below.

The Black Hood #10 Variant

Pennsylvania’s Last Hanging in Black Hood #9

Black Hood #9 EssayIssue #9 of THE BLACK HOOD is out now.

Writer Duane Swierczynski‘s excellent crime story continues to gain steam and new artist Greg Scott is outstanding.

And tucked neatly into the back of the issue is a non-fiction essay I wrote about the last prisoner to be executed by hanging in Pennsylvania.

This is my fifth essay for THE BLACK HOOD, and it’s always an honor to have my work included in the pages of such a great comic. Huge thanks to Duane and editor Alex Segura for including me.

THE BLACK HOOD is published by Dark Circle Comics.

Black Hood #9

Black Hood #9 Variant

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. 17

Black Hood #9THE BLACK HOOD #9 will be out two weeks from today (i.e., on Feb. 17). 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 the last Pennsylvania prisoner to be executed by hanging.

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

Black Hood #9 Variant

Post updated to correct the release date and the topic of my essay.

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).


The Black Hood #7 – Out on 11/25

The Black Hood #7Issue #7 of THE BLACK HOOD will be available one week from today — on Wednesday, Nov. 25 — and by my estimation this is the best issue of what’s already a great series.

This issue begins a new story arc (so it’s a great time to start reading even if you haven’t been following the series from the start), and writer Duane Swierczynski has crafted a terrific plot. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

He also nails the complex, emotional relationship between Greg Hettinger (the police officer who is also the vigilante known as The Black Hood) and his speech therapist, Jessie Dupree. And Greg’s self-doubt… and everything else.

The art by Michael Gaydos is amazing, of course, and I love the special Philly touches sprinkled throughout. Colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick is likewise outstanding.

Finally, I’m excited to once again have a non-fiction piece in the back of The Black Hood. This one’s about H.H. Holmes, often referred to as America’s first serial killer. He killed dozens of people in Chicago, just one in Philadelphia — but that one… well, it’s all right there in the comic.

Issue #7 will be available with two different covers, the main cover (above) and one variant (below). The Black Hood is edited by Alex Segura and published by Dark Circle Comics.

The Black Hood #7 - variant cover