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!
Our good buddy Mitch Hallock has launched a new podcast!
SI listeners may know Mitch as the organizer of ComiCONN, or from his years on the IndyCast. In addition to organizing his own annual comic convention, Mitch attends a ton of shows and does interviews at all of them. His new show, Mitch’s ComiCONN-versations, will feature interviews with creators of all kinds. The first episode is up right now, and includes some Star Wars interviews that Mitch just did at NYCC 2013.
You can click here to head to the podcast page to listen to the first episode and subscribe to future ones.
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.
This morning we're heading down to New York to help our pal Vin Ferrante set up the Monarch Comics booth (2018). We'll be hanging out and selling books there all weekend, as well as grabbing tons of interviews for SI. So, if you are at the show, stop by and say hi!
--Brian and Matt
by Brian LeTendreFinally. Finally!
When I got back into comic collecting around 2005 (when Matt and I first met), I decided I was going to complete the part of my original comic collection I loved more than any other--the Marvel 2099 Books. I am a huge fan of Marvel's future universe, and while I had all 46 issues of the Spider-Man 2099 run, I had only partial runs of most of the other titles.
And so, at every store and comic show I went to over the past eight years, I had been looking for those back issues to fill out my collection. I got some in bunches, like a huge run of Ravage 2099 a few years ago that filled in most of the gaps in that run, or the Ghost Rider 2099 find of 2011.
For the past couple of years, I had the number of issues I need down to about ten. I couldn't find them anywhere, and my search had kind of stalled.
The a few weeks ago, a guy named Rob from a comic shop in Oakville, Ontario reached out via Twitter to say he listened to Secret Identity. We got to talking, and the subject of my search for 2099 issues came up. Rob told me to send him my list, and he would take a shot at finding the issues.
This week, I received a package in the mail containing all of the items on my list. My collection of 2099 books is now complete!
I cannot thank Rob or the folks at Comic Connection Oakville enough for helping me fill out a collection that has been years in the making. They will never know how much this means to me.
And now that my collection is complete, I am going to be reading them from the beginning. Stay tuned for my ramblings on the majesty of the 2099 universe!
If you're in Oakville, Ontraio, you need to pay Comic Connection a visit. You can also check them out on the web at www.comicconnectionoakville.com.
Are you sick of all the podcasts and books that Brian and I keep doing? No? Good!
I just posted the inaugural episode of my music show 'The Radio Eclectic'! Each month, I will spotlight a favorite band or artist and counting down my ten favorite songs by them. But it's not just me stringing music together, I'll be telling stories about the bands and songs and sharing some personal memories. To me it's like radio used to be. And of course...the show is all ages!
This episode is dedicated to the Beatles! For me music has always begun and ended with the Beatles. Their songs have been the soundtrack to my life more than any other and I look at this show as a celebration.
Not to mention the impossible chore of narrowing down the Beatles catalog to the ten best songs...then putting them in order!
I hope you enjoy the show and get ready for next month when I count down my 10 favorite songs from Deep Purple!
The latest issue of Secret Identity is here to take you back to the future--of the Marvel universe. In this episode we discuss the return of Spider-Man 2099, and revisit Miguel O'Hara's last trip to the 616. We also discuss Infinity, Codename: Action, Batman: Black & White and Hit List. Enjoy!
Today is the day, people. The first Sunday of the NFL regular season. Those of you who are football fans know what a big deal today is. Like me, you're probably already watching pregame shows at 7am.
Like me, you'll be putting on your gameday jersey shortly.
Like me, you'll be fighting with your wife and children to leave you the heck alone so you can bask in a full slate on NFL games. Because they just don't get it.
But you do. So sit back and soak in the beginning of the new football season. It's here. Enjoy.
And if you're in the Secret identity All-Pros fantasy football league, don't forget to double check your rosters!
Brian and I would like to take this time and thank everyone at ComiCONN for such a great show last weekend!
The venue (Mariott Hotel in Trumbull) is a beautiful place but I think the show may have outgrown the space. There was a bit of confusion to where people were located because creators were spread around within a few different rooms as well as an outside area called the Power Patio. This was an incredibly cool place to be, but if you didn't know where it was, you would have missed out some cool stuff and Flash actor John Wesley Shipp (picture above)!
But the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. The guest list was a great mix of big names, industry legends and indy creators. All the creators were accessible and the list was full of talented people who were also great human beings. This is a huge plus for attendees (and interviewers alike).
So lets talk vendors! This was a great mix of toys, dvd's, and comics priced in the high end or as little as 25 cents! Both Brian and I took advantage of the cheap book and bought more than we will ever get thru in this lifetime.
We got some great interviews that we can't wait to share with y'all and had a wonderful time hanging out with friends.
For the past four years, ComiCONN has grown bigger and better. The staff has brought it from a small local show to a can't miss con that is heavy on the FAMILY and heavy on the fun!