Gender-Flip Geek Icons! Race-Flip Nerd War! Gay Batman! Raaaaar!

Thor’s a lady. Captain America is a black dude. Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Spider-Man is a Hispanic kid. Groot is a tree. Adam Christopher and I, along with artist Wilfredo Torres, have reimagined the original patriotic superhero — The Shield, once of Red Circle comics, now of the Dark Circle reboot — not as Joe Higgins, but, rather, as a full-figured ass-kicking woman. It’s exciting stuff. I’m like, It’s not enough! It’s addictive. Let’s see Idris Elba as James Bond. Or Emily Blunt as Jane Bond. Hey, Japanese Batman. Or flip... Read The Rest →

To Kindle Unlimited, And Beyond

You want to talk about Kindle Unlimited. I know you do because folks have tweeted me, asking me about it. I even got a couple e-mails. A whole couple. Almost a few. (People, when will you learn I’m no expert on anything?) First up, if you want to talk about it, I will point you to Mike Underwood’s post here. Also, this GigaOm article is worth the direction of your uncertain, questioning gaze. (If you don’t know the core gist of the Kindle Unlimited service, it’s this: unmoored from the Prime... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Superheroes Plus

Last week’s challenge: @YouAreCarrying Next week is SDCC — San Diego Comic-Con. Which means this week is a lot of comic booky superhero-flavored stuff. News bits in particular (including my own bit of good superhero news with author Adam Christopher). As such, I’ve got superheroes on the brain. Which means this week, you will have them on the brain, too. I want you to write 1000 words of superhero fiction. Except – except! — I also want you to mash it up with another genre. So, superhero fantasy. Or superhero horror. Superhero... Read The Rest →

The Shield: Adam And Chuck Make Comics For Dark Circle

OH, HEY, WHAT’S THAT. Oh, y’know, maybe it’s just Adam Christopher and Yours Truly tackling the rebooted, gender-flipped The Shield for the Archie comics Red Circle revamp, Dark Circle Comics. We’ve got Wilfredo Torres making magic on the art machine. (And we’re totally in USA Today talking about it.) And we join other creators revamping the Red Circle titles, too — Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos on Black Hood, plus Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel on The Fox. Really excellent company, yeah? Yeah. All this under the editorial iron fists of Masters Alex... Read The Rest →

Kate Jonez: Five Things I Learned Writing Ceremony Of Flies

Two petty criminals find themselves inextricably linked when a stop at a roadside bar leads to murder. On the run and out of options, they reluctantly rescue a stranded boy and his dog from a lonely crossroads in the Mojave Desert and decide for the first time in their lives to do the right thing. But this one selfless act unleashes a terrifying onslaught of demonic trouble as they struggle to save the boy—and themselves—from an evil far greater than they ever imagined. 1. We Were Somewhere Around Barstow Barstow,... Read The Rest →

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