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A quick note before running off to Comicon...


This week is a haze of running around and getting stuff done before the trek down to what we used to call the Nerd Prom, until it absorbed the entire entertainment industry. I don't go that often, maybe every third year now, but I grew up attending that convention, back when it was much smaller and almost entirely about comics - no Hall H movie stars or any of that stuff - and this is the 50th anniversary, so I'm looking forward to it. 

If you are attending Comicon, you can find me at the IMAGE BOOTH - #1915 at these times
Wednesday, July 17 @ 6:30PM
Thursday, July 18 @ 12:00PM
Thursday, July 18 @ 5:00PM
Friday, July 19 @ 1:00PM
Saturday, July 20 @ 10:00AM

Also - Image had some convention exclusives printed up just for Comicon, and one of them is a fake book cover for Bad Weekend. These will be available while they last to people who buy the book at my signings. 



Please note: there are only a few hundred of these printed for the convention, I believe, so they will go fast - I don't even have one yet. I hope to escape with a copy or two when no one at the booth is looking. 

And speaking of BAD WEEKEND, I did a commentary track podcast for the book, that you can find here. Apologies for the fact that I was having an allergy attack, so I occasionally sound like I'm about to die from lack of oxygen. I survived. So far. 
WHERE ELSE YOU CAN FIND ME
A few weeks after Comicon, on August 1st, I'll be appearing at Skylight Books in Los Feliz at 7PM, doing a Q and A about BAD WEEKEND with my friend Paul Scheer (of many things, including the podcast HOW DID THIS GET MADE?) and special guest Nicolas Winding Refn. 



And if you can't make it out that evening, then on August 2nd at 5PM I'll be at the launch of the Too Old to Die Young soundtrack at Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd with Refn and Cliff Martinez. 

Please come out and say hi and get some stuff signed. 
CRIMINAL #7 PREVIEW
Sean is just wrapping up the next issue this week, so here is a quick peek, pre-colors, of the Ricky Lawless-centric issue of CRUEL SUMMER. As I said last time, the way these are being told almost feels like each chapter is the beginning of a story, but as you keep reading them, the overlap starts revealing the plot, before the action takes over. 
And would you believe Sean never even played D&D as a kid? 

Anyway, I'll have color previews from the issue in the next newsletter. I think this is my favorite issue of CRUEL SUMMER so far, but I hope to say that about every issue, really. 
Yet another comic recommendation
This is another comic that I've been lucky enough to see the first several issues of in various states of completion, from scripts to pencils to finished art now... and I think it's going to be a big deal. Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch back together for the first time in 20 years, doing a fucking BATMAN maxiseries. 



Here's a link to read about it. Like I said, I've read the first few issues and it's up there with the best work either of these guys have done. I can't wait to read the rest. Put it on your list. 
CRIME NEWS AND OTHER LINKS
Here's a wonderful collection of quotes from one of my favorite writers, Donald Westlake, also known as Richard Stark. 

“Those four guys in the late 60’s who attacked a jewel merchant on New York’s West 46th St. on the sidewalk, so they could steal his jewel-filled station wagon, which they abandoned 2 blocks later because none of them could drive a stick shift. Where would I be without such people?”



And then there is the strange and disturbing case of the US scientist killed in a Nazi bunker... 



And finally, the story that about a dozen of you sent my way, including Matt Fraction... 


 

Okay, that's it for this time... back to packing my bags. 

Send and questions or comments to: criminalcomic@gmail.com and next time I'll have another chapter in my comic book memoirs. 
 
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