Pet Spotlight: Andrew Martin ‘s Pets He Near...

When I was nine, my parents bought me a kitten for my birthday. It was a stunning surprise, and very touching, since my parents had divined that I wanted a kitten, even though I hadn’t gone on about it very much. It was not that I never whined, just that I never whined about that particular subject, since there was no history of pet-owning in my family, and my father especially gave the appearance of being anti-animal. The arrangement of the surprise was perfectly executed, which was also uncharacteristic of our family, since we never went in for the sentimental theatricality even of candles on cakes. I had been subtly kept away from the...

Review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Volume 1

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, Volume 1, Six issue Trade Archie Comics Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli Cover: Robert Hack Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy 7/13 Sabrina Spellman is back. I’ve never read or watched Sabrina before this, and honestly, I don’t care. Whatever it was before doesn’t matter now–because Sabrina is back and her new adventures are blood-packed and disturbing. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has sent another hit from the Archie Horror department with the CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. Along with the Archie and Jughead reboots, Sabrina’s story is being retold from the very beginning;...

Five Things: Poison Soup for the Noirish Soul

If you’re like me (Sam the Eagle voice: “And you MUST be”) you have a noirish soul. Like any kind of a soul, this occasionally needs tending to, looking after, I mean. Feeding, like a racehorse from Hell or a bonsai tree somebody gave you once but nobody really wants anymore and you’d get rid of it but, like, you can’t just throw away a dang tree, right?, especially a bonsai tree. Why, it might have a spirit in it. Maybe even a long lost relative. Hell, I forgot what I was talking about (see Item 5 below). Oh, yeah, noir things. Nourishment for the noirish soul. Five things, in fact. Here they are: 1. Movie: Out of the Past (1947): Even...

The Tom King and Mitch Gerads interview

Dan: Tom King, your previous career as a former operative for the CIA has become the stuff of legend among the Comic Book Community. Has SHERIFF OF BABYLON – a book about post-Saddam Husain Iraq – always been a book you’ve wanted to write? Or is it a case of art imitating life? Tom King: In all honesty, I didn’t really want to write directly about my CIA stuff. I don’t know, it felt a little cheap somehow and maybe I also kind of didn’t want to spend time in that world for all those PTSD guilt reasons. But, Vertigo had come to me asking for a crime series and this setting just seemed to fit; there was so much to explore here, which is the...

The Chuck Wendig Interview

Dan & Kate: STAR WARS: AFTERMATH: LIFE DEBT came out July 12, 2015, and INVASIVE is due out a little over a month later on August 16th. Both works are rooted in science fiction, with INVASIVE being that much closer to science fact. Tell us how you go about switching brain gears from the pop-culture phenomenon that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, to the world of INVASIVE – which may be closer than we realize? Chuck Wendig: As it turns out, the brain has something called a ‘narrative clock.’ It’s similar to all the other little clocks we have ticking in our heads – biological clock, our sleep clock, and so forth. The narrative...

Jon Interviews Writing Maven Wendy Corsi Staub

Jon: I want to start by digging into something that kind of blows my mind. You’ve written over eighty books. You have at least two books a year coming out. What is your schedule like?  Do you have time for anything besides writing? Wendy Corsi Staub: The short answers are hectic, and no. When I say I work seven days a week, 12-14 hours a day in my home office, I’m not exaggerating. When I’m not traveling, that is what I’m doing. It’s not ideal, and I worry that it’s going to kill me, but it’s been necessary. I’ve honestly had to sacrifice just about every shred of personal time to make this career work, with two exceptions. The first: I’ve...