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Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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NOIRVEMBER 008 ~ The Shining

The first rule of THE SHINING is: forget the movie.

Yes, Kubrick made a horror masterpiece. The tone and timbre of that flick is intensely on point. Kubrick is a weird case in that he spent his career bouncing from genre to genre, defining them and mic dropping but he was never able to make THE definitive flick of those genres because his pieces were always more style over character substance. There are moments where this isn’t the case but on the whole people remember HAL before they can name more than one astronaut on the Discovery One, and before those men they probably remember the man-apes from the opening sequence.

And when it is that Kubrick makes a truly iconic character, it is because of their hollow nature. R. Lee Ermy’s Gunnery Sergeant in FULL METAL JACKET, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s married couple in EYES WIDE SHUT, and Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. These are all fantastic monuments of the silver screen but when they meet their downfall, if they even do, it doesn’t sting as much because they kinda feel like they started on rock bottom. Which is the mammoth problem with Kubrick’s version of Stephen King’s greatest novel – Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance as insane from the start [or at least quite unhinged] so his drop to murderous father isn’t a fall so much as it is a restrained mental patient finally laying back under their restraints and accepting the darkness inside. It’s a lateral move, not downward.

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The book however is a downfall as epic as any you will find, and it’s so utterly tragic because it is real. It’s a father always worrying he’s on the edge, sometimes nudging a toe over the line, but he wants to be good. He wishes he could be great but you get the vibe he’d settle for better than bad. But it all slowly unravels and it’s brutal to follow as you read.

Because, and here’s the dirty little secret, reading THE SHINING isn’t scary, it’s heartbreaking. Jack Torrance fails at his most important job and it kills us all inside, especially because we all knew he couldn’t really do it all along, himself included. Once we find out he once broke his son, Danny’s, arm because he lost his temper, well, the seeds of doubt were not only sown but they were fertilised and the liquid nourishment of alcohol was all it ever needed to grow more, with Torrance not having the mental tools to know how to tend to that garden.

The concept of the shattered man holding it together with trembling fingers is great noir fuel. Because you want it to go one way and when it goes another that’s killer, but when it’s his own fault for that downward curve, you just hate. You hate him, you hate alcohol, you hate the world for setting these things up.

The other major aspect of the book that the movie neglects, or at least adapts poorly, is the state of the Overlook Hotel. The hotel isn’t just haunted, it’s aggressively evil. It’s a conduit to our worst and so it aligns with Jack’s hidden interior to make it exterior. It takes over him, in a way, but it also feels like an acceleration of Jack’s natural timeline anyway. Even in the end, as Jack elects to try and save the Overlook from a volatile boiler, it feels like it’s Jack’s choice to do this. It’s is he who elects the method of his own downfall. But with him gone, imagine how much the world will improve for his family.

That’s not actual logic, but it is a choice made daily by people, sadly. And so, in that end, THE SHINING becomes this great exploration of one man’s inability to be good and so slowly spiralling down into pure evil until he implodes in and with it.

Yeah, heartbreaking.

RKL NOTE: THE SHINING was my favourite novel for well over a decade, in which I read it more than once, and found I could constantly just pick it up and flick through and lose myself for 80 pages. It’s amazing.

My new favourite novel is THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon. It isn’t really a noir.

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Words about WORDS FOR PICTURES – and Breaking In Links

The subheading for this book by Brian Michael Bendis is ‘The art and business of writing comics and graphic novels.’ And that is exactly what you get.

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I get asked at cons a lot about what sort of things can help you write comics. I’m not asked this because I’m anything special but more that I just talk about process so much that people assume I know what I’m saying. Jokes on them but it whiles away the hours on the con floor.

So when people ask me for tips and advice and whathaveyou, I invariably tell them to get Scott McCloud’s stuff and simply devour it. Set up the bbq, decant the HP sauce at room temp, and imbibe those pages like your future career writing Spider-Man depends on it. Because it most certainly does.

There is no denying the dominance of McCloud and his complete coverage of the comic medium structure and the accessible way he lays it all down. That layer and level of craft has been owned and so I was so pleased to see Bendis’ book is not an attempt to go this path. No, Bendis instead delivers the perfect partner volume to McCloud’s work.

WORDS FOR PICTURES treads water in a few ponds and all of them really important.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is ‘must read’ stuff for people right when they make the decision that they want to make comics and break into comics. I wish beyond belief that I had this book a decade ago. It’s full of the little tips and tricks about breaking in that I had to hunt around and find or stumble across over the course of years of living the life. Here, this book presents it all to you in one handy weekend read.

I’ll repeat this – WORDS FOR PICTURES IS MUST READ FOR THOSE EMBARKING ON THE JOURNEY OF MAKING AND BREAKING INTO COMICS.

There is no way around this, there are lessons here you need to learn. There are lessons here you have no doubt been told by someone else already but you weren’t sure if it was right. It is right. It’s here in this book, please read it a few times, learn it, love it, and then jump into the four colour waters, it’s always warm in here.

To give a quick rundown – this book drops knowledge and science on some of the early tripping blocks creators, and especially writers, face.

The editorial round table on how to meet editors, stay in contact with them, and not be a pest is worth its weight in gold.

The artist round table about what they dig and loathe in scripts is fantastic. Learning how to write for your artist is super hard – and a lot of that is because nascent writers don’t have many artists with which to collaborate and experiment so we have too many scripts written in a vacuum and not considering the collaborator. This chapter breaks down a lot of what you need to hear and the sooner the better.

The page with Kelly Sue’s pitch docs on it is just glorious. These are the sorts of things we don’t see anywhere near enough of. Trying to find, share, download, hack, ask politely for, and imagine pitch docs is hard so here we get a peek into some good ones – especially because Kelly Sue is irreverent in hers and that will free your mind – it did for me.

If you need to learn the art of comics, read McCloud, if you need to learn the art of making comics, read Bendis. I think it’s that simple.

Now, I know the book isn’t without its faults. It almost felt a little too quick to read. I would have liked to see more process about script breakdowns and real craft – though once you start talking about scripting gutters and the like then you run into McCloud territory so I see why this line was drawn. This book might not be perfect in the way McCloud is but I don’t know of anything better, and I know Bendis drops enough knowledge I wish I had five years ago that I know this book is completely worth it.

So the next time someone asks me what they need to help them make comics I am going to send them to this book, in a heartbeat.

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If you dig this book, or want to know more about the things you need to be a writer with a level head, click these links.

Bendis runs a process blog – dig it – http://bendiswordsforpictures.tumblr.com/

Bendis also runs his own tumblr where you’ll get a stack of comic art to adore but he often goes on jags of answering tumblr questions and some great stuff can be found therein – http://brianmichaelbendis.tumblr.com/

I have delivered a comic writing workshop before and you can download the presentation here – https://ryanklindsay.com/2014/05/18/comic-writing-101-at-comicgong/

I also run the Process Junkie tumblr with Dan Hill – it wants to be Bendis’ page pretty badly – http://processjunkie.tumblr.com/

The Comic Writer Services 2.0 page, curated by Dan Hill, has enough process links to fill a month – and I heartily endorse you calling in sick for a month and just getting your read and your learn on – seriously – do this – http://comicwriterservices.com/

Chuck Wendig is a guy who writes often and with passion about writing and all that craft jazz – I wouldn’t tell you to try to be like him, only so many people can get away with that sort of malarkey without alienating themselves completely, but he does drop some great grist for the mill – http://terribleminds.com/

Buy Scott McCloud’s books – http://www.bookdepository.com/author/Scott-McCloud

I like reading film scripts – I have scored many for download from this great flick site – http://cinearchive.org/

Stephen King’s ON WRITING could possibly round out my personal holy trinity of books about writing/making comics – http://www.bookdepository.com/On-Writing-Stephen-King/9780340820469

I like my writing craft books to have a personal tone. King’s author writing voice is something I could read for months on end – and I dig STORY (to degrees) and some of those other staples but if you want great ground level sensible stuff that has worked wonders for me, hit up the McCloud/Bendis/King triumvirate.

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That’s it, now go read something every day, and write something every day.

Go. Enjoy.

Pink Factory Lives!

PINK FACTORY is an all-smut adults-only NSFW magazine published through Crime Factory. Let’s get that straight, this is not for kids. You should be 18 to read this mag, okay? This is a magazine, so articles and stories, not straight up smut but it’s so smeared in smut and all that good stuff that you really need to be prepared for it.

Right, so with that in mind…

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“Trapped by Sexuality: The Downfall of Matty Walker in BODY HEAT” is an article I wrote for this issue and it looks at the standard noir accoutrement of sexuality but how BODY HEAT kind of flips it so instead of a tool, it’s a trap, and not just for the witless sap caught in the femme’s web. I’m really proud of the article, and I looove BODY HEAT, so this is something I really wanted to do and love that is now out there.

You can buy the book on the CRIME FACTORY site for a song.

You can also tell all your friends about it.

Then you can really just look at the contents page shaped like a peen and the real history of bukkake article and totally know this magazine was the best purchase of your week.

I hope you dig, responsibly.

What Is Best In Life? – 2013 Style

It’s always educational to reflect on the year you just imbibed. I have to admit, having a new baby (and it making two for the house) and scoring some larger writing gigs meant my pop culture intake was down a lot this year. I kept abreast of the best comics around but everything else suffered. Nonetheless, here’s some stuff I dug in 2013.

Top Comic – FATALE

I read the first 3 issues of this and then completely fell off. The singles I bought kept stacking up. The more I hadn’t read the more insurmountable it felt to catch back up, but I kept buying the floppies and I know I’d get there one day. And holy cats am I glad I did.

FATALE is the sort of comic that does what it does exactly as it should so if you want a crime horror comic then this is quite simply perfect for you. For my wheelhouse, this comic is king. I spent a sick day off work reading like 14 of these issues in a row and it was insane how good this book is. I’ve long been a fan of SLEEPER/CRIMINAL/INCOGNITO and this book ably joins the gang as a perennial favourite. Philips is just at the top of his game now where he’s stacking these panels densely and with intense purpose. The writing from Brubaker is airtight with every word feeling like it slipped from an aging paperback. The pacing and plot are great but there’s a tonne of little lines and moments that will stop you and inspire you. I wanted to go write for days straight after reading these issues.

I’ll also say, yeah, I dig this book more than SAGA. And I dig SAGA a lot but this book is just that touch more perfect, and more perfect for me.

Honourable Mentions

HAWKEYE – the top cape book right now (sans capes). This book does so many things right and it’s a process treasure trove.

THE MASSIVE – I love the singularity of this book, it’s like nothing else. The characters all pop, the art teams are so damn fine, and I’m liking the whole painting this story provides.

SEX CRIMINALS – I did not see this coming at all. This romance comic (and that’s what it is) is so damn real and beautiful. This should be the only Valentine’s Day present anyone ever needs again.

LOCKE & KEY – it finally ended and I’m so damn sad.

EAST OF WEST – another entry I was dubious about and yet caught up on the first trade’s worth of floppies and my oh my this book is tight. Hickman delivers a slew of simply amazing lines and Dragotta’s always been great.

ULTRANOVA – my favourite indie one-shot this year, Peterson and Ferrier drop a cerebral sci fi tale that stuck with me all damn year. Buy it on the cheap right here and thank me later!

HIGH CRIMES – the best Monkeybrain book by far this year, Moustafa and Sebela craft this beautiful and intricate character study amidst high altitude crime shenanigans. Also, possibly the best covers of the year.

FIVE GHOSTS – Man, this pulp massacre is just fun to read and so pretty to look at.

DAREDEVIL – Samnee and Waid brought me right back into the fold this year. Some great stories and always gorgeous.

THE WAKE – this is basically an action movie with solid characterisation and I’m digging these mermaids.

SAGA – it is a very good book, don’t you know?

STRANGE NATION – I know I write a column in it, but that doesn’t stop this book thoroughly entertaining me with every issue.

D4VE – only one issue dropped but it was so good. Ramon and Ferrier are doing a book like nothing else, and the sort of thing that should insta-open any door in the industry.

BLACK SCIENCE – I finished reading this and could see the problems with it and yet didn’t care because it was so much fun. I like fun comics.

Special Shout Out

FEAR AGENT LIBRARY EDITION VOL 1 – I finally read this beast and it was beyond brilliant. The art at that size is like nothing else. Remender feels really pure and raw in these pages. It’s pulp sci fi. There is every reason for me to love this book. I don’t even mind that Vol 2 keeps getting delayed. if it’s going to come out this good, I’m happy to wait.

Top Book – Fiction – JOYLAND

This tight pulp thriller from Stephen King through Hard Case Crime was better than I had expected. King is back on a high for me after the very very good 11.22.63 so I hoped for this and he really delivered. The overall plot isn’t too insanely intricate, and parts of the resolution do less than wow, but the craft with which King plans and executes his chapters is like a study of razor precision. There are many great lines in this book and that’s something I really appreciate now – someone who beyond plot knows how to use their words.

This also has me hoping for DOCTOR SLEEP to be good. I’m a fifth of the way in, and I’m enjoying it, and I’m such a fan of THE SHINING that it has to prove itself as good enough to exist so here’s hoping for the coming weeks/months.

Top Book – Non-Fic – MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY

This was a stellar read. I’m kind of the ideal audience as I love comics but also love the behind the scenes malarkey just as much but I cannot state enough how interesting some of the history of Marvel Comics really is. As someone who kind of knew some of this, and knows all the people and characters, this was a perfect read. Sean Howe did a very good job assembling this.

Top Movie – PACIFIC RIM

I’ll have to admit, I think these are the only two flicks I saw at the cinema this year. Admitting this makes me so sad. And while iron Man 3 might prove out to be the better film, I give this to PACIFIC RIM because it was just so enjoyable to watch. I haven’t felt that happy and in awe for a while so it made for a very rad night out. And sometimes I just want a flick to entertain me on the purest level. It’s like PREDATOR, brilliant because it entertains. This flick, the same thing. Though this screenplay was a touch more off in places (really off in some) but I could overlook the cheese and obvious set ups and logic holes just so I could get on with enjoying the show.

Honourable Mentions

IRON MAN 3 – a Shane Black cape flick that plays out exactly how you’d imagine such a flick to play out.

Top TV – BREAKING BAD S5 Part 2

Really, how could there be anything else? This show is the great American novel written in front of us over 6 years. This show had the best writing of any and the character arcs were beyond anything else ever attempted and the writing offered it up but every single actor nailed it. The show ended on a perfect noir note. There will be little else this good in our future.

Honourable Mentions

HANNIBAL – this show is my selection to take up BREAKING BAD’s throne. Deft writing, creative cinematography, superb acting, and an end note that if they can stick it right in S2 will show the world this series is a true contender. And I wasn’t even going to watch this show because who the hell needed more Lecter in our lives? I humbly rescinded my first opinion and now cannot wait until February.

THE WALKING DEAD – I continue to enjoy this show.

Special Shout Outs

TERRIERS – whoo, boy, this show was built for me. I really hope it gets kickstarted one day VERONICA MARS style because that would be immense. I also wish it was a comic, and I could write it.

THE WIRE S4 – I finally watched this. It seems THE WIRE is taking me years to watch. But when I pop a season on, I shotgun the hell out of it. And this one was about teaching so it hit me very hard.

Top Music – ENTER THE DRAGON OST

I discovered Spotify and my life has changed. Man, they have everything on there. So I’ve fiendishly been making playlists for projects but I also set up a list titled OST madness and it’s got a tonne of soundtracks on there, and first up is the ENTER THE DRAGON OST. It’s just great, for starters, but I also wrote a kung fu one-shot you’ll be seeing this year and the dna of this music is infused to its pulpy core.

Top Podcast – LET’S TALK COMICS

This is a late entry but it’s kind of the perfect podcast for me. It’s not shilling, it’s just career talk, process chat, open words. Great creators come on and discuss how and where they started and then every step along the way to breaking in and staying in. It’s fascinating stuff. It’s like the best parts of Word Balloon, which I still love.

Honourable Mentions

NERDIST – with the right guest, this show is amazing.

NERDIST WRITER’S ROOM – I find I don’t even know half the names but it’s all writing process (mostly tv but it all rings true). They also now have a comics themed segment of eps on the pod, and it’s pretty good.

WORD BALLOON – always good, Siuntres knows how to do his job.

VODKA O’CLOCK – this gives smaller creators the chance to chat (myself included) and I like that view from the underground, plus Amber is a top host and superb person.

POP CULTURE HOUND – another great interview show, and they get a wide variety of good guests.

COMICS EXPERIENCE MAKE COMICS – this started on the iFanboy podcast and is now it’s own thing. Good, short, clear, snippets of process talk focusing on one section of the game at a time.

THE Q+A – film chat pod where Jeff Goldsmith asks all the right questions.

FATMAN ON BATMAN – when they have the right guest, and Smith doesn’t get in the way, this can go some really interesting places.

Top iApp – WUNDERLIST

A late discovery but something that’s clearing up my head. It’s just making lists and you have the ability to tick off what you’ve done and it moves down but you can still see it all. You can also add due dates, this helps me not freak out too much. It’s also free, which means the world to me because I am cheap.

Honourable Mentions

ComiXology – gotta love the sales.

Zite – an intriguing media reading aggregating/personalising app that’s bringing me new content to read (when I ever have the time).

Coffitivity – this sounds like such a stupid app, but I kind of love it 😐

Dropbox – perfect for viewing the pretty art people send me on the fly.

Top Kid – My Second One

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She is gorgeous, adorable, cute, insane, and constantly learning little things (tonight she played peek-a-book with her towel and my heart grew three sizes). The perfect person to round out our little family.

So, that’s been my 2013. I hope yours was just as rad 😀

Examining Lois Lane – A Book of Essays

Examining Lois Lane: the scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart is a book of essays all about the intrepid reporter and all round fantastic character Lois Lane. It is edited by Nadine Farghaly, published by Scarecrow Press, features a slew of smart people talking about Lois Lane, and it also opens with an essay from me.

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You can buy a copy now on Amazon in print or Kindle-fied.

My essay is titled: “Full Disclosure: A Statement of Love for Lois Lane” and it analyses one fantastic issue of ALL STAR SUPERMAN by Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison. It’s a fun essay, one I enjoyed writing because it cuts to the core of the relationship between Superman and Lois Lane.

Other essays tackle heady topics like Lois Lane’s place on television, in Silver Age comics, and on the big screen. It’s well worth a look for any solid Lois Lane fan. And you can actually read all of my essay, bar one page, in the ‘Look Inside’ preview up on Amazon.

Enjoy.

SCRIBBLES FROM THE UNDERWORLD – in Crime Factory 14

I wrote a prose short story titled SCRIBBLES FROM THE UNDERWORLD which you can now find in Crime Factory 14 available through the Crime Factory site.

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Crime Factory 14 – featuring SCRIBBLES FROM THE UNDERWORLD – download now

I’m really proud of this short. I wrote it just weeks after my second was born. I spent a lot of time rocking her, sitting with her, and pacing the house trying to keep her asleep/quiet/happy/all of the above. All that pacing and holding kept me from my desk but I was not going to let that stop me writing. I wrote a few different things on my phone in those first weeks/months (a one-shot, some other scripting, some reviews and articles) but I found the small screen size and my even smaller sized brain from lack of sleep and light most of the time to not be conducive to delving into the good and deep stuff. I wasn’t going to work on any epics on my little iPhone 3.

Then I saw a post on Joe Hill’s tumblr about a prose short he’d written about action figure obits – it’s awesome, scope it out – and it sparked a little corner of my brain. Then, around the same time, he was asked a question and his response was basically, write what you can when you can. Short, small, inconsequential, gargantuan, just always add grist to the mill. Both of those posts sparked me to write SCRIBBLES FROM THE UNDERWORLD.

My story is actually a fictional magazine article about the writing detritus found in a Victorian pub when the cops raid it. Notes in pockets, scribbles next to the urinal, it’s all tallied. So, the narrative has no cohesive whole, but I like to think it still paints one hell of a picture. It’s not long to read but I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it, especially if you hail from old Frankston way like I do…did.

To wet your whistle, here’s a little tease:

‘On the stormy afternoon of Friday the 11th of June, 1982, a squad of police officers raided the Downtown bar and made a slew of arrests and acquisitions. A known hot spot for the Melbourne underworld, thirty-five arrests were made with seventeen successful convictions stemming from the day. History would dub this day ‘The Last Drink’ as the Downtown would shut its doors and never reopen. Those who scurried away from the long arm of the law found new places to imbibe and plan for another rainy day.

The names and photos from ‘The Last Drink’ went down in history but what was never revealed were many of the material items recovered from the raid. Numbers of weapons and street value of drugs made good headlines but the little things that could fall through the cracks could and did. Until now.

With the aid of Victorian Police, we can present to you some of the stranger evidence collected on that day in the Downtown. Below you can read samples of the quirky paperwork taken from the thugs’ pockets, hidden cracks between tables, written on the bathroom walls, and crumpled in the bins. In their own words, we present to you the men of the Melbourne underworld and their secret thoughts and musings.’

Download Crime Factory 14 – scope my story on Page 99 – enjoy yourself.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS in Comics Shops this Wednesday

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL hits comic shops globally this Wednesday, the 28th of August 2013.

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This book of essays, edited by me, and contributed to by a devious set of analytical minds, is a passion project that I am so excited to see hit stores. It looks at Marvel’s Daredevil character from a multitude of angles.

You can see all the major essay information here.

Needless to say, if you like Daredevil then this book is massively for you. I hope you enjoy.

SHOT IN THE FACE – a book of essays about TRANSMETROPOLITAN

Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan is the latest book from Sequart and is edited by Chad Nevett. The book analyses TRANSMETROPOLITAN, the pulp gonzo comic from Darick Robertson and Warren Ellis.

The book is now available on Amazon as a PAPERBACK – and a KINDLE EDITION.

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One main reason you should try the book, other than it being about a superb long form piece of comics and commentary, and other than it including a smorgasbord of some of the finest writers about comics right now, is CAFFEINE IN MY FINGERS: JOURNALISM OF THE FUTURE VIA ZAPRUDER TWEETS AND WOODWARD/BERNSTEIN FEEDS – an essay I wrote analysing the changing face of journalism presented in the book.

I thought TRANSMETROPOLITAN was extremely prescient in unpacking the evolving and new school way of disseminating information and it predated certain elements of the open dialogue world we have today. It was a blast to write and an honour to be amongst such sharp minds.

The rest of the book features essays and pieces by Chad Nevett, Julian Darius, Kevin Thurman, Patrick Meaney, Sean Witzke, Greg Burgas,  Johanna Draper Carlson, Sara K. Ellis,  Jason Michelitch, Chris Murphy, Brett Williams, with a superb cover from Kevin Colden.

If you dig TRANSMETROPOLITAN, this book is a must read for you. If you dig smart comics and then deconstruction of those books in detail, this book will scratch all your itches.

Enjoy.

Sydney @SupanovaExpo, Table A4, and Ryan K Lindsay

I will be a guest and artist alley tabler at the Sydney Supanova this weekend from the 21-23 June. I’ll be at Table A4. I’m really looking forward to chatting with people and just generally lounging about in a comics atmosphere – and it’s certainly a great show for this. If you are interested in buying any of the stuff in which I’ve written words you can find the details and prices and images below.

FATHERHOOD – a comic one-shot $4

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This one-shot comic from Challenger Comics features art from Daniel Schneider, colours by Paulina Ganucheau, letters by Brandon DeStefano, and design from Christopher Kosek. It’s a 22 page standalone story of a father going a little crazy trying to please his daughter. There’s also a back up essay by me on fatherhood, and the cover is pure liquid gold.

Because I’m Australian, and thus postage to the world is hard to afford, I also have the digital version of the book available on the Challenger Comics site. It’s 99c so feel free to get into it.

I’ll also have rad print posters of the cover for $5 each and cool stickers for $1 each.

MY LITTLE PONY MICRO SERIES: RAINBOW DASH #2 – a comic one-shot $5

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Rainbow Dash is getting schooled by some very nasty cloud gremlins. How is she going to save Equestria from the saddest event in their lives? Also, how will this book reference MILLER’S DKR, FIGHT CLUB, THE SIMPSONS, and BLADE RUNNER, amongst others?

This one-shot tale set in the MY LITTLE PONY world and focusing on Rainbow Dash features super fantastic art and colours from Tony Fleecs. It’s one of the most fun things I’ve ever written and it’s completely all ages.

I will also have a variety of the US-only variant covers that weren’t available in Australia, so if you want in on that action I don’t feel like gouging so the flat price for any issue is $5.

OXYMORON – a HC comic anthology $25

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This book is a collection of comic shorts all about the Oxymoron character from ComixTribe. There is a rogues gallery of creators associated (Paul Allor, Jason Ciaramella, Joe Mulvey, Mark Poulton, Daniel J Logan, John Lees, and a hell of a lot more). I wrote a short story in there, with art from Daniel J Logan, and it’s pretty brutal. Perhaps not for the kidlets but definitely something to sink your teeth into. And all the other stories are dynamite as well. To top it off, it’s an oversozed HC because our Kickstarter went gangbusters.

Treat yourself to this now as I’ll be the Australian exclusive seller of this fine volume. I’m only stocking 24 of these beauties and they are a variety of the variant covers so get in early if you want the A CLOCKWORK ORANGE inspired one or perhaps the jam cover is more to your tastes.

If you aren’t at SydNova you can try your luck on Amazon.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL – $15

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This analytical tome of essays – of which I edited, contributed some, and contracted others into – explores the themes and narratives of Marvel’s Daredevil character. I write about Matt Murdock’s storied love life and how the Brubaker/Lark/Gaudiano run is inspired by cinematic noir from the 70s. Other luminary scholars, including Tim Callahan, Julian Darius, Matt Duarte, write about topics from Mike Murdock, to Daredevil’s relationships with Spider-Man and the Punisher, as well as the science fact involved in the creation of this blind vigilante. As a gigantic Daredevil fan, I can assure you this is the book you need to read.

Because I don’t want to mess around with change, and I’m such a good bloke, I’m selling the book at SydNova for $1 off retail at a clean $15 (though that’s American retail and the book will probably cost you more at your LCS when it drops in August). You are welcome.

BLIND DATES AND BROKEN HEARTS: THE TRAGIC LOVES OF MATTHEW MURDOCK – $5

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This Sequart Single volume takes my major essay from the above book and produces it as a standalone purchase. It’s slim, it’s sexy, and it’s only $5; and it’s all from me. I analyse and discuss Matt Murdock’s forays into the romantic battlefields with Karen Page, Elektra, the Black Widow, Typhoid Mary, and Milla Donovan. There is also a special Coda inclusion – but you’ll have to buy it to find out who that is.

Again, if you buy the main book it has this essay so you don’t need it. This is more a sampler or something for the Ryan K Lindsay Completist :)

If you won’t be at SydNova, you can buy it in print and in digital format on Amazon.

LEE – a prose anthology $15

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The superb people at CRIME FACTORY have put together an anthology of short stories all about and starring Lee Marvin – I know, right? It’s the coolest idea ever. And I was honoured to be asked to contribute so you can get a tale of old man Lee Marvin in his aged years racing death. It’s a pulpy tale and completely surrounded by even better stuff.

Also, the cover is amazing.

THE DAY I DESTROYED THE WORLD – a comic one-shot anthology $6

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The esteemed group at the ACT Comic Meet (legends behind the triumphant BEGINNINGS anthology) decided to make up an anthology one-shot based around the title above. Teams put together two page stories and I’ve got one in there that’s no doubt embarrassingly amateur compared to what surrounds it – and I say this because I wrote it, but also illustrated and lettered it and that’s always going to be ‘interesting.’

You can score a copy from the ACT Comic Meet table over at J1 or I will hopefully have a few on my table throughout the weekend. You should probably buy it for Emma Stewart’s cover alone – it’s boss.

COME CHAT

I should be at my table for most of the weekend. I know I’m on at least one panel (details to come) and I absolutely have to go back issue bin diving but otherwise I’m there for a good time so come along and share it with me. I promise you, I’m a man who knows how to chat 🙂

I’ll also have Ben Rosenthal sharing my table and being a nuisance and selling copies of SCW and DARE.

Jin Chan Yum Wai will be shilling HIGH SCHOOL ROMANCE next to us.

Queenie Chan will be on my other side, which I’m excited about, and next to her is Tristan Jones.

Facing off across the alley is the intimidating force block of Mark Brooks, Jon Sommariva, David Yardin, and Tom Taylor so that should be fun.

Then around the corner is Chris Claremont and George Pérez, so that should be even more fun.

I hope to see you at SydNova, it’s a great show.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS Interview on Geeks of Doom

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS: EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK AND DAREDEVIL is available for pre-order through your LCS right now for August delivery or if you don’t have a local store to support then you can pick it up on Amazon now. I did an interview with Geeks of Doom for it you can scope below.

Ryan K Lindsay Interview with Geeks of Doom about The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil

This one was a blast to conduct and I’m pretty certain I say a few coherent things in it.

Enjoy.

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