Hard Case Crime Comics Nov20

Hard Case Crime Comics

  Hard Case Crime has been consistently publishing great books for a long time now. This fall the opened a new door and have started publishing comics. It is safe to say if you are a fan of their books you will love these comics. And what a perfect fit. Crime fiction has always translated well in comics and there has been an upswing the last few years with some great stuff to read.   The first two comics from Hard Case are TRIGGERMAN and PEEPLAND.         PEEPLAND is written by two of my favorites, Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, both authors with true bonafides when it comes to this genre. The tale is set in...

Gary Phillips: The Hardest Working Man in Crime Fi...

Gary Phillips just might steal James Brown’s title of being the Hardest Working Man in Show Business – his output certainly shows as much. This year he’s already published 3 THE HARD WAY through Down & Out Books with three more projects to see release in October. Philips, a long-time native of L.A. living near where he was born and raised, writes some of the most realistic crime fiction in the genre, filling his stories with characters that fit right into the context of their times. His restless devotion to bettering his craft shows, as Philips is still publishing some of his best work even after twenty-three years of being a...

Fortune’s Unknown Soldier: The Influence of Hugo Pratt’s CORTO MALTESE Oct14

Fortune’s Unknown Soldier: The Influence of ...

I first heard the name “Corto Maltese” when watching the original Tim Burton Batman movie as a boy. It was mentioned in passing by reporter Vicki Vale, who’d shot an article for TIME magazine about the small, fictional war torn nation. It wouldn’t be for another 16 years that I’d learn what that particular Easter egg meant, or how much of an impact it would have on my life. The character of Corto Maltese was born out of the imagination of an Italian comic book artist/writer named Hugo Pratt, and into the pages of a magazine called Sgt Kirk in the year 1967, when the Gentleman of Fortune floated into the story...

Interview with Devin Faraci, Writer on KILLER INSI...

Interview with Devin Faraci KILLER INSIDE ME Jon: Devin, I’m a huge fan of the work of Jim Thompson, my favorite is THE ALCOHOLICS. What made you pick THE KILLER INSIDE ME to do an adaptation of? Devin: IDW had already chosen it! Chris Ryall came to me; he knew my writing and listened to my podcast, where I said I was a big fan of Jim Thompson. He had the rights to this book and took a chance on me.   Jon: I don’t like to even guess what was going on in Thompson’s head when he wrote the book. And having seen the film adaptation I don’t think I would have wanted to be around Casey Affleck while they were filming. Did Lou Ford get into...

Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnished gold Aug20

Harley Quinn: The bad gal with a heart of tarnishe...

  Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel. The delightful mistress of mayhem first appeared in 1992’s Batman the animated Series episode in the seventh episode called “Joker’s Favor”, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini*. At that point she was a mere devoted sidekick to the overtly psychotic Joker. One would think he would steal the show. Yet despite his antics, Harley developed her own following. A year later, she made her first appearance on paper in the comic based on the series**. In the twenty four years that have followed, she has become a fan favorite. This popularity is due in no small part to the fact that she’s...