The Black Hood #6 – Out on 10/28

The Black Hood #6Issue #6 of THE BLACK HOOD releases later this month — Oct. 28, 2015, to be precise. And I’m excited to have another essay featured inside.

If you’re not familiar with THE BLACK HOOD, a bit of background: It’s a great crime comic written by Duane Swierczynski and set in Philadelphia. The protagonist, Gregory Hettinger, is a Philly cop who gets addicted to painkillers and lives a secret life as the vigilante known as The Black Hood.

Each issue includes a true-crime essay. In issue #4, Duane and editor Alex Segura published an essay I wrote about political corruption in Philadelphia. In issue #6, I’ll be back in the back of THE BLACK HOOD, this time writing about a bizarre Philadelphia murder ring which operated in the late 1930s and claimed dozens of lives — perhaps more than a hundred.

THE BLACK HOOD #6 also features art by the legendary Howard Chaykin.

It’s never too early to order THE BLACK HOOD (published by Dark Circle Comics) at your local comic shop! Issue #6 will be available with four different covers, the main cover (above) and three variants.

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The Black Hood #6 Variant
The Black Hood #6 Variant

The Black Hood #4

The Black Hood #4Today’s publication day for THE BLACK HOOD #4, the fourth (you probably guessed that) issue of Duane Swierczynski’s kick-ass comic book about Greg Hettinger, a Philadelphia police officer who gets addicted to painkillers and lives a secret life as the vigilante known as The Black Hood.

(Published by Dark Circle Comics, THE BLACK HOOD also features incredible art by Michael Gaydos.)

I love this comic, but I’m especially excited about this issue because it includes an essay I wrote about political corruption in Philadelphia.

Each issue of THE BLACK HOOD features a non-fiction article based on some aspect of crime in Philadelphia. Previous issues have featured articles by Jon McGoran, Edward Pettit, and Dennis Tafoya. It’s a real honor to join their number. Huge thanks to Duane and editor Alex Segura for letting me in!

Here’s a sneak peek at my article in THE BLACK HOOD #4:

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THE BLACK HOOD Back Page Writers, L to R: Jon McGoran, editor Alex Segura, Dennis Tafoya, Erik Arneson. Not pictured (because McGoran and Tafoya forgot to take him out of the car trunk): Edward Pettit.

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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:

Reviews of the Comic Book FORTUNE

Fortune - CoverTom Joyce, author of THE FREAK FOUNDATION OPERATIVE’S REPORT and a former reporter for the York Daily Record, recently reviewed the comic book FORTUNE which Dillon Samuelson and I published:

“Fortune” is Noir Done Right

Tom describes FORTUNE as “a fast-paced, efficiently told, wryly funny snapshot of a decidedly unglamorous criminal enterprise.” Which is exactly how I hoped it would turn out.

Here’s how you can get FORTUNE:

FORTUNE was also reviewed recently at BleedingCool.com — on the same page as reviews of Star Wars #1, Hellbreak #1, Conan/Red Sonja #1, and Ultimate Spider-Man #9. Wow.

Reviewer Cat Taylor says “the concept is rather original” and “give[s] the art a few points for originality.” (One minor note of clarification: Comixology required me to list FORTUNE as being part of a series when I uploaded it. The comic is, however, a standalone.)

My thanks to Tom and Cat for taking the time to read and review FORTUNE!

Publishing Books on NoiseTrade

One of the things I appreciate most about indie authors is their willingness to share data on what they’ve tried, helping other authors decide if it makes sense for them. In that spirit…

This year (2014), I self-published three books on NoiseTrade, a site mostly known for indie music but which also provides free downloads of books. As the publishing industry continues to evolve, it seemed to make good sense to experiment with a relatively new service.

Fortune - CoverThe only “catch” to downloading free books and music from NoiseTrade is that you have to provide a working email address in order to complete the download — which of course allows the author or musician to add you to his or her mailing list.

(The site also encourages people to tip the authors and musicians. One source of NoiseTrade’s revenue is that they keep a percentage of those tips. For my projects, I focused much more on downloads than tips.)

The first book I published on NoiseTrade was FORTUNE, a comic book I scripted with art by the amazing Dillon Samuelson.
Continue reading “Publishing Books on NoiseTrade”

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.

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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