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Hundreds of Archie Comics Newly Available For Kindle

Archie Comics have been all-ages favorites for nearly 75 years.  Now, it's easier than ever before to keep up with the adventures of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and the entire Riverdale gang.  The Kindle Comics store now features more than 1,700 Archie Comics titles, including the newly re-launched Archie comic by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the upcoming New Riverdale titles as well as Archie Horror and Dark Circle comic series.

Archie Comics #1The expanded selection is part of an agreement between Archie Comics, comiXology and Amazon that was announced earlier today.

While Archie’s graphic novels have long been available in the Kindle Store, the hundreds of single issue titles debuting today include many popular series and characters from the Archie Comics catalog 

Kindle readers will also have same day as print access to new releases, including the new Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the upcoming Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes and Life with Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone.

“As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary, it’s an ongoing priority for us to engage our fans in new and innovative ways,” said Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics.  “We are very pleased to continue serving our readers around the globe through the comiXology platform, and extremely excited to reach a brand new reading audience through the Kindle Store.”

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Humor in Crime

Authors S.G. Redling, Karen MacInerney, and Johnny Shaw discuss what it means to be funny in crime fiction.

  

 

Q&A: Bill Willingham on the "Fables" Finale

This week sees the publication of "Fables #150," the final chapter in the critically acclaimed, award winning Vertigo series.  Creator Bill Willingham shares his thoughts on the end of his 13-year storytelling odyssey, and what he hopes to accomplish with the final installment.

Fables_150How do you feel now that FABLES is coming to an end?

BILL WILLINGHAM: Well, it’s weird. Like anything else, it’s done in stages.

Has it come to end when the last issue is out? Because when that finally happens, I will have not been working on FABLES for almost two, two-and-and-a-half months or so. I mean, it came to an end when the decision was made to wrap it up. It came to an end when my part was done, but I’m still seeing wonderful pages of art for stories come in. It was very incremental. And I think, in one sense, I would have liked to have done that sudden plunge off the cliff all at once. No chance on changing my mind.

It was very much that falling off the cliff, but before that you’re sliding down some kind of slippery slope and so there’s many chances where you can almost kind of turn around and recover. And maybe that was a bit more anxiety-laden than the sudden version. But, yeah it happened in increments. I don’t know that it ever built up to the point where this was the moment where it was like, “Okay, that’s it. It’s over.”

What is it like to have your creations turned into things like the FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US video game and digital-first comic series of the same name?

BILL: It’s pretty cool. When we started the discussions on doing a comic adaptation of the game adaptation of the comic—which seemed a little bit odd—when that started, and I was flirting with the idea of do I really have time to do this myself, I would have probably done a much stricter, just straight adaptation using their lines of dialog and using only those scenes that occur in the game.

I don’t know that it would have occurred to me as it has to Matt [Sturges] and Dave Justus to expand on all of that. To do a little background on those things that occur in the game that lend themselves to, well here’s the backstory of this and here’s the backstory of that. So I’m delighted by it. For a couple of reasons: one, just like when the game came out—even though I had some advanced knowledge of it, sort of kind of knew where the story was going—it was nice and exciting to see and to be able to play the game and to be surprised by it. Because I’m just about the least surprised by any issue of FABLES person there probably is. That was nice, and now the comic adaptation of THE WOLF AMONG US is doing the same thing. They are doing a very wonderful, very fresh and faithful adaptation of the game, but still supplying new material. It comes as a pleasant surprise to me

In terms of FABLES and all the ancillary series, what’s been the most memorable moment for you over the last 13 years?

There was a gradual moment when it sort of dawned on me over a period of time that this series might actually have legs. That it might have found enough of a readership to keep going. And then it’s continuing to find new readers. I think that’s memorable in the sense that I don’t quite trust it. Even now that we’re wrapping it up, I’m still hoping that FABLES is going to catch on someday...So, yeah just that realization.

Before FABLES, I did quite a few things for Vertigo that would get some nice attention, but very uninspiring sales. So to see that we might have a successful book on our hands—was kind of nice. I wish I could pin that down to a moment, but it’s still dawning on me.

With all the storylines merging at the end of FABLES, what’s been the most challenging part of writing that kind of culmination?

Well the practical challenge was don’t forget anything important. And now every tiny, tiny little potential plot thread has not been neatly tied up. We’ve alluded to certain things but we couldn’t possibly take care of every single question any reader might have.

That said, I hope we got all the big stuff. That all the big stuff, the important stuff is resolved in some way.  Maybe not resolved in the way the readers hoped and expected, but at least resolved.

The less-practical and perhaps more important version of that is in each case where we’re tying up plotlines and storylines, there was a lot of pressure to say to myself, is this important enough for this character? Am I serving this character well enough by saying this is what happens to them? And multiply that times however many ridiculous number of characters we’ve had—that was a pretty big consideration.

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Exclusive Audio Excerpt: "The Price of Justice" by Marti Green

Best-selling author Marti Green shares an exclusive audio excerpt from The Price of Justice the newest book in her Innocent Prisoners Project series.

 

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Good Guys Gone Bad

Authors Reed Farrel Coleman, William Lashner, and Harry Hunsicker discuss their favorite dynamic characters and why good guys that go bad are so appealing.

  

SG Redling Reviews "Weavers" by Aric Davis

51ow+LvfNqL[1]SG Redling, bestselling author of Flowertown and The Widow File, reviews the new thriller Weavers by Aric Davis.

It’s not what you think.

Aric Davis doesn’t tell the same old story the same old way. He’s not afraid to get dark or weird and he proves it again with Weavers. The title comes from the term used to describe the ability to sense and manipulate human emotion that manifests itself as colored threads. Only a handful of people in the world have the ability to weave and, unsurprisingly, not all of them use that skill for good. We meet a young girl just coming into her powers and the old woman mentoring her; a twisted drunk using his gift to fund a crime spree for him and his psychotic best friend; and the government agents who will use any tools available to capture, study, and harness the powers of these telepaths.

But Davis doesn’t let the story turn into any old ‘Men in Black’ trope. He loads the characters with shades of gray, and keeps the story hopping in unexpected directions. Best of all, he bases the psychic phenomenon in reality – no magic aliens here -  to the point where you might find yourself wondering if you’re really in control of your own thoughts at all times.

The ending suggests this might be the start of a series. I’m excited to see where it goes.

- SG Redling

 

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My Book in 15 Seconds: Authors From Britain

Can British author's Simon Wood, Mel Sherratt  and Alan McDermott get you hooked on their books in 15 seconds or less? 

 

 

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Summer Road Trip Playlist

Teen and Young Adult author Leila Sales shares her ultimate track list for summer travel. Her book, "This Song Will Save Your Life", is available now.

51Urn9haLgL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_As the trainers at my gym who want me to spend more money keep shouting, summer is almost here! And with summertime comes many responsibilities—very few of which, it turns out, are getting “the perfect beach body.”

Some items on my pre-summer to-do list include stocking up on Lactaid pills so I can drink too many milkshakes; throwing away the twelve-foot inflatable backyard pool that I tried to set up last July but couldn’t figure out, so it’s been sitting there in a pathetic twelve-foot rubber heap ever since; and creating my summer road trip playlist. Let’s start with the playlist, because it’s the one that least requires leaving the house.

 

Making thematic playlists is one of life’s great joys. That’s part of why I wrote my most recent novel, This Song Will Save Your Life, about a teen DJ who becomes the star of the local indie rock nightclub. Music is her passion and salvation, an escape from her day life, when she’s mercilessly harassed and feels almost completely alienated. Music is the thing that makes her feel like she’s not alone, like her people are out there. I got to come up with lots of playlists for the book, and now I get to come up with another, because it is SUMMER ROAD TRIP TIME.

Summer road trip playlist:

Bang!” by the Raveonettes

The chorus goes, “Kids wanna bop / Out in the street /  Fu-fu-fun / All summer long.” That is some Beach Boys sentiment right there. I can’t think of a more summery statement.

Oh My God,” by Cults

This would be a terrible song choice if you were stuck in traffic, but I can’t think of anything better if you’re cruising down an open highway with all the windows down. Or maybe you’re in a convertible? This song sounds like you’re in a convertible.

One Kiss Don’t Make a Summer,” by Lucky Soul

Lucky Soul is a British girl group. They sound like the Supremes would if they were recording in the twenty-first century (and were from London).

Marathon,” by Tennis

I refuse to listen to this song in the winter, but in the summer I won’t go a week without playing it.

Summertime,” by the Sundays

This one is particularly good for driving at night, like maybe on your way to a dilapidated neon motel in Dewey Beach, for example. Your windows should still be rolled down, though. It’s summer. Your windows should always be down.

My Friend Has a Swimming Pool,” by Mausi

This was going to be my theme song last summer, for when I got that inflatable pool set up. Now it’s mostly just an uncomfortable reminder of the state of my backyard.

The Pop Singer’s Fear of the Pollen Count,” by the Divine Comedy

Easily the greatest paean to allergies of all time.

“Mint Car,” by the Cure

When the Cure’s depressed, there’s nobody more depressed. But by the same token, when the Cure’s happy, there’s nobody any happier. The happiness in this song is almost manically intense.

The Boys of Summer,” by Don Henley

A classic. Not to be played in July, clearly. Listen to it in early September, ideally while driving through an abandoned beach town. Slowly start to roll up your windows.

 

Q&A with Anna Banks

Anna Banks, author of the New York Times–bestselling Syrena Legacy, answers questions about her journey as an author, her favorite books, and her new contemporary YA stand-alone, "Joyride!"

JoyrideWhat was it like deciding you were going to be an author? What drove you to finally say, “I’m going to write this to publish!”?

Ugh! This question always makes me sound like a jerk! The truth is, I picked up a book one day and started to read after a very (very!) long dry spell of not reading at all. As I read the book, I thought to myself, “Hey, if this author can get published, then surely I can get published.” (Insert unfeminine snort here.) It’s not that the prose was terrible or the plot shot through, it was that the author made writing seem so easy. And as I learned, easy reading is freaking hard writing.

If you could launch any book into orbit around a planet in our solar system, which book and which planet would it be, and why?

 It’d be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to a planet called Kepler-186f. Pride and Prejudice has proven to be a timeless piece here on Earth, and Kepler is the planet most like Earth, so just in case we inhabit it one day, I want to make sure Jane Austen will be waiting there for us.

Alternatively, I would launch a self-help book on how to survive in space, just in case someone ever, you know, needs it and stuff. As it turns out, there aren’t any self-help books like this yet, so umm, someone should go ahead and write that. . . .

Joyride will be the fourth book of yours released. How do you think you’ve grown or changed between your first book and Joyride

Thanks for asking this question, because it’s an important one. Writers need to always be testing themselves to make sure they’re growing in their profession. One way that I’ve grown is by including more diverse characters in my books. I realized that diversity deserves to be read, and readers deserve this diversity. An author cannot represent real life in a book without representing all the lives that make up life. To me, it’s that simple. 

If you could swap lives with any other author who is writing currently, who would it be and why?

John Green, hands down. I want to know what it’s like to wake up and just be naturally awesome at everything I attempt.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

When I was twelve years old, I stole a car and drove across three state lines with it. It was the only bad thing I ever did, but it did balance out all the other bad stuff I didn’t do! That entire experience was part of the inspiration for Joyride.

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