by Brian LeTendreI am beyond excited to announce that my new horror novel Lovecraft's Curse is available in digital and print!
This story is not only an homage to the greatest horror writer of all time, but the beginning of a new series set in the world of the Parted Veil.
Here's the skinny:A horrific childhood incident cast a shadow over Fela Barton’s life for fourteen years. Now a 20-year-old college student, Fela survived her first semester of living on campus and is finally ready put the past behind her. Until the nightmares start again. Fela’s dreams hold the key to the madness that has plagued her family for generations. But as she searches for answers, a terrible evil gets closer to finding her. Only one person can help Fela now--and he’s been dead for over 70 years.You can get the digital versions of Lovecraft's Curse for $3.99!
You can grab the Kindle version of Lovecraft's Curse on Amazon by clicking here.Over at Drive Thru Fiction, you can get Lovecraft's Curse in PDF, ePub or Mobi digital formats for $3.99, and you can grab the print version of the book for $9.99. If you buy the print version, you can get the digital versions for a buck more! Click here to get the book in your preferred format on Drive Thru.
If you're on Goodreads, please add Lovecraft's curse to your bookshelf!
Here's a quick teaser trailer for the story. Thanks for checking it out and I hope you dig Lovecraft's Curse!
by Brian LeTendreHi gang! As you may or may not have heard, my next horror novel Lovecraft's Curse will be out digitally this Friday! In celebration of that, I am discounting the other stories set in that universe (which I call the Parted Veil).
First up is a short story called Private Showing. Here's a quick teaser:
Something about the old colonial on Sachem Street led Nita Young to contact the real estate agent as soon as it went on the market. But is she touring the house of her dreams, or reliving her worst nightmares?
This short story provides an origin story for Nita Young, a character who appears in both Courting the King in Yellow and Lovecraft's Curse. The events of this story take place well before the events of Courting the King in Yellow, and no knowledge of that story is required to enjoy Private Showing.You can grab Private Showing for free on the Kindle store right now by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy Private Showing, and stay tuned for news on Courting the King in Yellow in the next day or so!
by Brian LeTendre
Secret Identity was out in full force at New York Comic Con 2013 last weekend. And while we’ll be talking about the new show and the news that came out of it for weeks, I wanted to put together some quick impressions that I got from this year’s show. So, in no particular order, these are five things I took away from NYCC:
Holy Cow, The People
Saturday and Sunday are always jam packed at NYCC, but this year, Thursday was the most crowded I’ve ever seen it, and Friday felt like Saturday. Sure enough, when ReedPOP revealed the attendance numbers, they were record-setting: more than 130,000 people attended NYCC this year, putting the show on par with San Diego in terms of numbers. And it’s only going to get bigger.
Marvel and DC Take a Step Back
While I mentioned both of the big two, the real shocker here was DC--they had no booth at NYCC. Let that sink in. The second biggest comic publisher at the second biggest show in the country, and no booth. Worse, I attended the DC All-Access panel and the lack of enthusiasm on DC’s part was very concerning. DC barely showed up this year.
Marvel had a markedly bigger presence than DC, but their booth was pretty unimpressive as well. They had a small stage, a signing area, and an exhibit featuring the car (Lola) from the new S.H.I.E.L.D series. In contrast, Marvel had props from Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier at San Diego this year. Very disappointing to see they didn’t bring the same enthusiasm to NYCC.
Everyone Else Stepped Forward
While Marvel and DC were dropping the ball, every other publisher at NYCC took a step forward this year. Archie, Oni, Image, BOOM!/Archaia, Valiant and Dark Horse not only showed up, but they had great booths, tons of signings and interacted with fans throughout the show.
The Oni panel I attended was packed with talent and the books being announced were exciting (Keep an eye out for Letter 44 and The Auteur in particular).
Archie killed it with their Afterlife with Archie display, and that book was the talk of the show.
To me, the message was clear: the rest of the publishers out there are no longer looking for Marvel or DC to set the pace for the industry. Each of those companies are aggressively coming after the big two, and we as readers are going to benefit from it.
Artist Alley was the Best It’s Ever Been
Without a doubt, the most inspiring thing about NYCC 2013 for me was the level of talent and diversity to be found in Artist Alley. From industry vets to first-time exhibitors, Artist Alley was lined with amazing artwork and original comics. I spent more money on comics and art this week than at any previous NYCC. Anyone who walked the aisles of Artist Alley was reminded that there is plenty of originality and diversity in comics if you just take a little time to seek it out. There was truly something for everyone.
ReedPOP Runs a Tight Ship
Despite the record numbers that attended the show this year, I actually felt like the show floor was more navigable than it had been in years past, particularly on Saturday. ReedPOP implemented a new badge policy this year, where you had to check in and out of the show. It could have been a disaster in terms of delays, but things flowed very smoothly for the most part. The army of volunteers and show staff really worked hard to ensure people got to experience as much as much as possible, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.
All in all, we had an absolute blast at NYCC this year. Thanks so much to ReedPOP for their continued support in allowing us to cover the show each year. We’ll be featuring the interviews we did for the next year, and as I mentioned, we’ll be talking a lot more about NYCC on future episodes of Secret Identity.
One of the coolest places to stop while at New York Comic Con is the Abrams ComicArts booth (#2228). Not only will you find some amazing books like 'Star Trek: The original Topps Trading card Series' and 'Bazooka Joe And His Gang'. But it's not just about selling books...
Panels Creating Educational Comics That Kids Actually WANT to Read with Abrams ComicArts editor Carol Burrell
Thursday, October 10, from 1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A08
60 Years of Bazooka Joe with Ira Friedman, Jay Lynch, Talley Morse, R. Sikoryak, and Kirk Taylor, moderated by Abrams ComicArts editorial director, Charles Kochman
Thursday, October 10, from 3:45–4:45 p.m., Room 1A01
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde with Frank Cammuso
Friday, October 11, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, Family Room 1B02
ABRAMS presents The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Panel with The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen. Panelists include Martin Olson (The Lord of Evil), Olivia Olson (Marceline the Vampire Queen), Jessica DiCicco (Flame Princess), and insane illustrators Celeste Moreno and Mahendra Singh, moderated by ABRAMS editor Eric Klopfer
Friday, October 11, from 5:30–6:30 p.m., Room 1A08
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: The Secret Origins of Comics Censorship! with Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman, CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein, and professor Carol Tilley
Friday, October 11, from 5:30–6:30 p.m., Room 1A03
Kidding Around with Design with Abrams editorial director Charles Kochman and design expert Chip Kidd (author of GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design and associate art director of Knopf)
Sunday, October 13, from 1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15
Signings Frank Cammuso signing The Misadventures of Salem Hyde
Friday, October 11, 12:00 noon, Booth 2228
Matt Dangler signing Faeryland
Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m., Booth 2228
Jennifer George, granddaughter of Rube Goldberg, signing prints and advance copies of The Art of Rube Goldberg
Saturday, October 12, 3:00 p.m., Booth 2228
The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen signing The Adventure Time Encyclopedia
Saturday, October 12, 6:45 p.m., Autographing Area Table 21
Sanford Greene and Trevor Pryce signing An Army of Frogs
Sunday, October 13, 11:00 a.m., Booth 2228
Frank Cammuso signing The Misadventures of Salem Hyde
Sunday, October 13, 1:00 p.m., Booth 2228
The Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen signing The Adventure Time Encyclopedia
Sunday, October 13, 3:00 p.m., Booth 2228
by Brian LeTendreYou may remember me getting really excited about the new Kindle Worlds platform a while back, especially once Valiant Comics joined the program. My Camp NaNoWriMo project for July was to write a story for Valiant's X-O Manowar property, and I am very happy to say that the story is now available on the Amazon!
The story is called Centurion, and you can grab it for $1.99 right here.
Here's the description:
After being captured and enslaved by the alien race known as the Vine, Aric of Dacia stole their most powerful weapon and used it against them. Donning the X-O Manowar armor, Aric took the fight to the Vine on their homeworld of Loam and defeated them, freeing what was left of his people in the process.
Now, as Aric tries to forge a new life for his people, he learns that the Vine have a weapon of their own--someone from Aric's past who now conspires with the Vine to get the Manowar armor back and destroy what is left of the Visigoth people. As Aric comes face to face with his past, the future of his people is in jeopardy.
Centurion is a standalone story that takes place between issues #14 and #15 of the current X-O Manowar comic series.
I hope you dig it! If you do, please leave a review on Amazon, as it really helps.
by Brian LeTendre I am very happy to announce thatMaking Ear Candy: The Audio Confectioner's Guide to Podcastingis now available in both digital and print!
The Kindle version is available through Amazon, while you can get the print version, as well as PDF, ePub (Nook, Kobo and others) and Mobi (Kindle)over at Drive Thru Fiction. Digital versions are $6.99, print is $11.99, and you can grab print and digital in a bundle at Drive Thru for $13.99.
Here are the links:
Drive Thru Fiction--Print and Digital Versions
Check out the back cover copy and trailer:
Are you interested in launching your own podcast?
The world of podcasting is more accessible than ever, but when you’re just starting out, the options available in terms of recording, editing and delivering your podcast can be overwhelming.
Making Ear Candy: The Audio Confectioner’s Guide to Podcasting provides a complete recipe for creating your own podcast. From choosing your subject matter all the way to getting the word out about your show, this guide is aimed at providing simple answers and helpful advice from a podcaster with over seven years of experience producing podcasts about pop culture, writing, design and small business administration.
If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, Making Ear Candy can help you get your new show off the ground and create your own recipe for success.
You can also check out the books landing page (makingearcandy.com) for updates, errata and supplemental material. I plan on doing some podcast episodes about topics covered in the book that will be posted on the page.
Thanks for reading!
ARCHIE COMICS TEAMS WITH TAPJOY TO BECOME FIRST COMIC BOOK PUBLISHER TO OFFER ADVERTISING SPONSORED DIGITAL COMICS
Archie Comics furthers expansion into digital content, offering fans new ways to acquire their favorite comics!
Archie Comics, one of the leading mass-market comic book publishers, iVerse, a leading digital content distributor, and Tapjoy, a leading mobile advertising and monetization platform, today announced a partnership that will offer fans a new way to acquire their favorite digital comics for free. Beginning July 18, the Archie Comics App, available in both iTunes and Google Play stores, will integrate the Tapjoy Mobile Value Exchange® model where consumers engage with advertisements to earn virtual rewards to spend on more than 2,000 Archie Comics.
The new digital offering from Archie Comics and iVerse marks a significant shift in how publishers are making their premium content more widely available to consumers. Archie Comics will be the world's first digital comic publisher to utilize virtual rewards and the mobile value exchange model to enable consumers to buy their digital comics.
"The teams at Archie Comics and iVerse are pioneers when it comes to digital distribution of some of the most beloved comics ever created," said Steve Wadsworth, President and CEO, Tapjoy. "Enabling consumers to simply watch a video or engage with an ad to obtain their favorite comics is an industry-first, and makes Archie and the town of Riverdale more accessible to consumers across the globe."
"We're thrilled to partner with Tapjoy and embrace a new way for our consumers to get the comics they love," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics Publisher and co-CEO. "Making our great content catalog available through a new free-to-own model establishes a new opportunity for how people read comics and will bring even more fans to the Archie universe."
By simply watching a video, taking a survey or engaging with an ad, users will be able to earn credits to unlock Archie Comics via the Archie Comics app. This will give fans an opportunity to add to their digital comics library without going over budget. Archie previously broke new ground by becoming the first comic book publisher to release digital comics the same day as the print edition and continues to blaze trails in unique and innovative steps towards maintaining its status as a leader in the digital marketplace.
Tapjoy is a global leader in helping app developers and publishers monetize many different types of mobile apps including games, movies, books, videos, and text messaging apps. This partnership further expands Tapjoy's developer network in the publishing space and opens the door for all types of premium content publishers to offer their content to more fans globally.
The wait is finally over! My second book 'Comicopolypse' is available for download courtesy of our great friends at Drive Thru Comics. I'm very excited about having this book finally done and ready for you to devour.
'Comicopolypse - How to Survive The Comic Con Experience' is a guide for those who have never been to a comic con and have no clue what to expect or the show veteran who is looking to make it a more enjoyable experience. This book will help you pack, organize and execute a plan that will make any show more enjoyable and help you get more stuff done.
I'm really proud of this book. It was a lot of fun to write and put together and I think you'll really like it. It's certainly more accessible than my first book 'Pow-Bam-Sell' because that was written for a very select audience. This book is written for anyone who loves comics, cons and wants to laugh!
The book is available in a downloadable format for $4.00 at by going to http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product/116538/COMICOPOLYPSE---How-To-Survive-The-Comic-Con-Experience.
While you're at Drive Thru Comics, check out all the great comics available, but only after you bought my book. If you do order the book let me know and I can send you a file containing all the covers. I hope to have print copies available within the month.
And also.... head over to Drive Thru FICTION and download a copy of Brian's amazing book. 'Courting The King In Yellow'.
So enjoy and thanks for your support!
As I put the finishing touches on my latest book, 'Comicopolypse - How To Survive The Comic Con Experience' I thought to myself... "how about a little tease for everyone?"
In the world of writing books (at least for me), the easy part is the writing. Once you are done, there are the edits, the cover stuff and the formatting to upload to the printer. Since I'm in that stage and am about a month away from having physical copies I thought i'd give you all a little taste of the book with the introduction! This will give you a little glimpse of what the book is all about.
First... this is what writer John Layman (Detective Comics and Chew) had to say about it..
"Matt Herring knows comics, and knows how to talk comics. And when he talks, he's always got something interesting to say."
INTRODUCTION – HERE I GO AGAIN
While I finished my first crazy day at New York Comic Con 2012 I made a call home to my family because I missed them, not because I had to check in or anything. When I spoke to my wife and super editor Amy, she told me she had an idea. My first thought was she was going to tell me ‘when you aren’t home the house is so much quieter and runs smoother’ so the idea was “DON’T EVER COME HOME!” Boy, I was way off. She told me I should put together a book about surviving a comic show, like a survival guide. Amy has watched me prepare and plan for comic book shows for many years and felt that I had a lot to offer since I can successfully navigate and get most of the things done that I plan to do. I was also shocked that she was encouraging me to write yet another book! Since I just finished my first book (POW-BAM-SELL, The Guide To Comic Book Marketing) I wasn’t really that interested at all in starting another one yet or even ever, but the idea was really intriguing. Soon my brain was swelling with words and ideas and well… here I am, back at the keyboard.
Comic book shows, no matter their size, can be a literal ton of fun. After all, comic cons are a place where we all get to not only prolong our adolescence but we get to celebrate the hobby and lifestyle that we all love so much. It’s like our Mecca. We get to hang out with other fans and meet the creator’s whose work we read each month. I have been a comic book fan and collector since 1974 but didn’t attend my first comic con (a large show in Boston, MA) until November of 2001. With all the guests in attendance I was a bit overwhelmed and didn’t know what to expect, what do or how to plan for the event. After I left the show I began to think about how I could make the next one that much better and get that much more done. As the years and show miles have piled on, so have my show experiences and so has my show preparation. With this experience comes my ‘survival tips’ on making the Comic Con experience that much more enjoyable.
Getting ready to attend a comic book show can be a lot of fun. However, if you don’t do it with organization and planning it can be an incredibly frustrating and overwhelming time. Despite the fact that I’m co–host of the Secret Identity Podcast and attend shows as part of the media (ooohhhh ahhhh I know, so cool), I still plan for a show the same way I did before I became part of the press. Since I’m still a comic book fan first, I love getting my comics signed by the creators, waiting in line with other fans and chatting with the creators whose work I admire. No matter if I’m meeting a creator at their table or at a scheduled interview, I still plan ‘the meet’ the same way.
What I will hope to do over the next 50 or so pages is help you to prepare, pack and have the best time you possibly can at (fill in the name of the show you plan on attending).
Enjoy the ramble,
Matt (Matman) Herring
by Brian LeTendreWhen Amazon announced their new fan fiction initiative Kindle Worlds recently, speculation immediately began as to how soon we'd see comic properties join the party. The prevailing theory was that DC would get in on the mix first, as WB-owned CW properties like Vampire Diaries were among the first licenses announced for Kindle Worlds.
Yesterday though, Valiant and Amazon dropped the bombshell that X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong and other well-known Valiant titles would be participating in Kindle Worlds.
To be clear, this means that you can write stories about the Valiant characters and be compensated for doing so.
This is megaton news people, and I expect this to have a major effect on the comics industry moving forward. Make no mistake, Valiant is just the first comic publisher to jump on board with Kindle Worlds. There will be many more to follow, and I can envision this initiative becoming a recruiting pipeline for comic writers in the very near future.We'll be talking a lot more about this going forward, and I can't wait to see who joins the initiative next. Fingers crossed that Marvel opens the doors for the Spider-Man 2099 epic I've been planning in my head for 20 years now.