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Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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ymmv .011 – Top 10 Writing Swipes from the Books of 2015

I didn’t want to do a best of list [too subjective] and writing about my favourite 10 books of 2015 just seemed like a snoozefest [because it is one] so instead, in the flavour of the column, I wrote about 10 books from 2015 that I would wish to steal something from in my quest to make better comics. As such, I now present to you, for your consideration:

ymmv .011 – Top 10 Writing Swipes from the Books of 2015 [LINK]

If you read these books, then maybe you’ve already done some tracing from them, and if there’s something you haven’t yet dug down on , well, have at it with my Stamp of Approval.

Or if you think swiping is for losers, well, you’re probably right. I’ll just see myself out then.

NOIRVEMBER 2015 ebook coming!

My series of NOIRVEMBER posts from Noirvember last year will be available as an ebook on the 19th of January for 99c on Smash Words from Four Colour Ray Gun. You can pre-order it now, if’n you like. It’s in multiple formats and represents nearly 40k of my thoughts and words and misconceptions about life and art.

PREORDER NOIRVEMBER 2015 – ESSAYS AND RAMBLINGS EBOOK NOW! – LINK

I’ve tidied up the posts a touch, and added a CURRICULUM ADDENDUM section at the end of each chapter to give you the boring deets I didn’t want to didactically drop into the essays – plus sometimes some links to scripts and rad pdfs and other cool stuff.

It also features this ace cover from Christopher Kosek!

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If you want, all the posts are still right here [LINK] but there’s something cool about being able to have this on your tablet, just waiting for you, or maybe you just buy a copy to share with friends. Or maybe you have that site-to-pdf Chrome extension. Or maybe I die destitute and alone.

NOIRVEMBER, the ebook, coming January 19th – tell your friends [who don’t already read this site, follow my twitter, like me] – [LINK] for the preorder, or the order if you are accessing this post post-Jan 19.

NOIRVEMBER 021 ~ Crime Factory Magazine

Deep in the south of Melbourne, where the seediest denizens of the criminal hatchery crack open their shells and come out to play, there is a renaissance publisher of fine crime goods that you are going to need to familiarise yourself with.

Meet Crime Factory Publications, you’re going to get along just fine [LINK]

Y’see, CF are the premiere Aussie collating figureheads of local noir, pulp, bravado, and unintelligible slurry. They publish a digital magazine called CRIME FACTORY and it features prose shorts, non-fic fabulousness, and reviews and news all about the crime genre. If you are interested, then you are certain to find this interesting. And if it’s cutting down trees that tickles your noir bone, then you can get your mitts on their short fiction collections and selections available through their site.

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But what makes CF a noir enterprise? Well, I have no doubt the puppet overlords currently running the show, Cameron Ashley strapped to the front of their war rig, are going to die sudden, soon, and broke for their efforts. Running an indie publishing house isn’t something you do for the happy ending, y’dig?

But along the way, the highlights will be worth the shallow grave.

But before we send the flag to half mast and recount their final times of trapped anguish and terror, let’s analyse the summits upon which they stake a flag for Melbournian crime appreciation and distribution.

The semi-regular magazine is what lured me in. There’s something about a well designed online magazine that will always grab my attention. It fits neatly in your hand when you read it on the tablet, and you can collect a whole day’s worth. That fills me with joy. And this magazine is worth a day of catching up on because the stories are fantastic, the reviews and op/ed pieces are insightful, and the design fu on display is cracking. The covers especially are always a delight.

They also put out KUNG FU FACTORY and PINK FACTORY [the underground all smut bonanza you don’t want your neighbours to see] and every time one of their publications lands, it’s cause for the shades to go down low and your brain to go into study mode.

I’ve been lucky enough to contribute short fiction to them as well as a piece on BODY HEAT for the Pink issue and just connecting with the team and seeing the words up in pixel print has been enough to get me motivated and excited.

Then CF started dabbling in anthologies and it was LEE that really grabbed me by the collar. A selection of prose shorts about Lee Marvin not constrained by actual canon or continuity. Such a rad idea I am genuinely surprised it hadn’t been done before. The moment I caught wind of the announcement I emailed Mr Ashley to congratulate him on such a fine idea and he volleyed back that they had an opening left if I’d be interested in writing about Lee Marvin.

Like you even have to ask, right?

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Now the book is broken up into different times of his life where a fictional lens can make him a living crime icon and so I instantly shoot back to CF EiC that I’ll come aboard but they gotta let me write about Old Man Lee Marvin. As I’m typing that message, he sends me the two options available. Yeah, you know how this plays out.

So I put together ‘1986: AND THE GUNSLINGER FOLLOWED’ wherein Lee Marvin races his muscle car against death. I can only hope the story is anywhere near as rad as it feels in my heart. It starts off as such:

“The son of a bitch in the black Camaro had been following Lee for weeks.”

To be contained in that collection, behind that gorgeous green cover, was a dream come true. But that’s not why I love Crime Factory.

No, it’s their ethic, their dedication, their commitment to holding quality high. CF set about doing things the only way they should be done, goddamn well and so the only outcome is you holed up on the thirty-third floor of a hotel, a bottle of whiskey in your hand, and looking all the way down to the pavement through that sheer pane of ceiling-to-floor glass. Looking down and thinking. Then getting back to the damn Underwood because you’ve got more in you.

If you’ve got more in you and your Underwood, then you need Crime Factory in your life. Enjoy. Or don’t, it’s all pretty bleak. [LINK]

STUCK IN THE GUTTERS #1 – Digital Comics Magazine

For a long time, I’ve wanted to put together a digital comics magazine. Something to download, to squirrel away on the iPad for a rainy train trip, to savour and enjoy in its levels/layers of interrogation and design. I’ve wanted this thing but I lack the time to write it, even the time to edit it, and certainly the design fu to put all the pixels in the right place. But that want only grew and grew.

Then, enter Leo Johnston, comic commentary enthusiast/wizard, who has created and curated STUCK IN THE GUTTERS, a digital magazine about comics and also featuring comics. An initiative that brings together an array of creative/analytical minds to pull apart comics and put them back together again.

You can back the Patreon to support the issues [LINK]

Or you can go to Gumroad and get the first issue right now for PWYW [pay what you want], so that could be zero dollars, or maybe a little more to share around the bullpen kitty [LINK]

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Cover by Alberto Muriel

So, what are you buying? Well:

THOR & WONDER WOMAN: MODERN MYTHOLOGICAL HEROES – a great article by Rudy Trevizo about the two titans from the Big Two and their recent runs.

STRANGE LOVE – a column by Jeremy Holt about breaking into comics.

LICENSED COMICS DON’T HAVE TO BE BAD – an argument by Jess Camacho that some licensed comics can be very good.

CAST OUT: PART I – a slice of a comic by Kelly Williams that’s absolutely gorgeous.

THE CIRCLE GAME – an article by Alex Mansfield that discusses the rotating wheel of nostalgia and comics.

USING COMIC INFLUENCES IN YOUR WORK – is a great article about, well, it’s in the title, and Tyler Hallstrom lays it all out against Jack Kirby, Todd McFarlane, and Mike Mignola. It’s a great exploration.

And FURY MAX JAM SESSION – wherein Dan Hill and I just loosely chat about the FURY MAX run from Goran Parlov and Garth Ennis. There’s no structure, just a chat, and it was loads of fun. You can expect:

Dan Hill: But in the ‘real world’ of the MAX universe (which for all intents and purposes is *our* world), what would this entail?

Ryan K Lindsay: Whoa, whoa, whoa! The MAX universe is really just our world, whoa, shit, [grawlix] you’ve just blown my pea-sized mind. That’s so goddamn true. Oh, man, I’m not recovering from that at all.

So if all that seems like it’ll be up your alley – and why gd wouldn’t it be – then get on over and pick up a copy. Because the world needs more comics analysis and stuff, get some.

CRIME FACTORY 17 Out Now – FLETCH

Crime Factory is a superb online crime mag you have to get down on.
CF 17 just went live. Do it.

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I wrote an article in it about FLETCH the movie and the way it mashes up crime and comedy in this perfect weird blend.

T’was truly a blast to write and I think you’d dig it.
No, not you, the one in the back. “You, there! Why don’t you ever comment or share the link? You are here every week, I assume you have reasons, yes? Oh, no. Oh…well then, good day, sir.”

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…

pink factory cover

“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.

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