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Well, one book and one comic, but still. 

CRIMINAL #6, the second part of CRUEL SUMMER, reveals the way this one will be unfolding, as this issue is focused on Teeg Lawless and what brought him to the scene where we saw him in issue 5. The scope of this story is bigger than any of the CRIMINAL books we've done so far, so I decided to bounce from character to character each chapter. So sometimes events will happen between chapters, or two characters might experience a scene differently, but I think it allows me to build something more expansive and a bit more layered, instead of just plot plot plot...

Anyway, here's the first five pages of issue 6: 

Sean and Jake are really doing amazing work here, as always, right?

Because of that layered storytelling style I mentioned above, CRUEL SUMMER is a story that will require the reader putting some of the pieces together themselves to get the full picture that's buried in there. THE FADE OUT was like that at times - like the bathroom scene is never explicitly explained, but if you read closely it's all there - so I guess I'm bringing some of those lessons over to CRIMINAL now, too. So far it's been both fun and challenging to write, which is how it should be, I think.
Also out this week 
The hardback version of BAD WEEKEND is also in stores this week. I've talked about this in the last few newsletters, so I'll keep it short. It's an expanded version of the story that we serialized in issues 2 and 3 of CRIMINAL, about ten pages of new material... Not a new ending or anything like that, but some stuff I didn't have room for, scenes at the convention itself. Here's a peek at one of those scenes: 
The book is beautiful. It's on the same paper as last year's MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES hardback, and it should be available this week wherever you buy your comics or books. If your shop has some in stock, please thank them for me for their support, and if you don't see any on the shelves and you were looking for it, then please let them know (because they will not read your mind).
Some links to recent press
Here I am being interviewed at the Hollywood Reporter. 

Here is a really nice write-up about the book and CRIMINAL, in general. 

Here is an interview I did at The Beat. 

Here is the nice write-up that Bad Weekend got at Forbes. 

And here is me and one of my favorite crime writers talking about conventions and television at Vulture.
If you're attending the San Diego Comicon next week, I'll be there this year, on Wednesday Preview Night and a few times a day on Thursday and Friday at the Image booth. I don't go to many conventions anymore, but with Bad Weekend coming out, I had to. Please come by and say hi and get some books signed.

I'll also be at SKYLIGHT BOOKS in Los Angeles on August 1st, in the evening, doing a Q and A and signing books. 
A new comic recommendation
I've been lucky enough to see the first few issues of my friend Matt Fraction's new comic from DC, SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN and I just want to make you all aware of how fucking out there it is. This is Matt and Steve Lieber having way too much fun and messing around with the formal aspects of comics at the same time. 

I've seen a lot of this comic, and for those of us who still miss the Fraction and Aja Hawkeye series, this is finally a new monthly fix in that genre with that same level of invention and craft, so keep your eyes peeled for it. It's going to be that crazy book that everyone is talking about a few months from now. 
Andrew Gerald wrote in to ask: 

If Norman Lear approached you to write for any of his produced shows, which would you pick and why?

Thanks for this, Andrew. I had to think about it a lot. Because as much as I love All in the Family and all its spinoff shows (and I watched every single one of them when I was a kid, even Maude), I don't know that I'd have enjoyed writing on any of them, or been a good fit. 

But FERNWOOD 2 NIGHT, the fake talk show starring Martin Mull and Fred Willard, that would probably have been a blast to work on, because I love creating fake things, and that was such a bizarre show, ahead of its time. 

This show launched in 1977, and when I was in high school I had a friend with some episodes on video tape and we would watch them over and over again. You can probably find some episodes out there on Youtube, I'm sure. 
CRIME NEWS and other links
I've got a variety of both crime and crime writing related links here for you. 

This story here is pretty terrifying. I'm sure slashing your own throat goes down well with the judge. 

This article is another one that makes you just realize how doomed we are, but I had to share it anyway, because that's who I am, I guess. 

I would suggest reading all three parts of this story, because it's really messed up and fascinating. 

This article about Charles Dickens made me smile. 

And it's always good to be reminded how great James M Cain was. If you haven't read any of his books, maybe this'll make you want to buy one. 
Okay, that's it for this time. Remember to look for those books this week, and send any questions for the next newsletter to:
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