Monday, October 06, 2008

Crime writers who also write comics

While crime comics have always been part of the comics landscape, there seems to have been an upsurge in the past few years (fueled, somewhat, by the growing number of crime and thriller novelists also writing comics). On October 10, crime fiction convention Bouchercon and Crimespree magazine will host a signing at Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.

The guest list boasts several novelists who also write comics: Max Allan Collins (The First Quarry, Road to Perdition, Criminal Minds: Finishing School, Ms. Tree -- not to mention several years writing the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip); Greg Rucka (the Atticus Kodiak series, Adventures of Superman, Gotham Central, Queen & Country); Victor Gischler (Gun Monkeys, Shotgun Opera, Punisher), Duane Swierczynski (Severance Package, The Immortal Iron Fist), and Gary Phillips (Shooter’s Point, High Rollers).

Also on hand will be crime comic writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), and crime webcomic "Odd Jobs" creator Tim Broderick (Cash & Carry).

The event will be held 1-3:30 PM this Friday. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is located at 301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 212201. Additional information is available at

"Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is something that every fan of popular culture should see at least once, if not more," says Jon Jordan, editor of Crimespree. "Crime fiction has long been a vibrant, vital part of American pop culture and it can be found in the pulps, comic strips, comic books, radio programs, television shows, and movie material featured at GEM."

"The old walls between the world of prose fiction and non-fiction on one side and comic books on the other have been shattered in the last few years by people like Max Allan Collins and the other Bouchercon guests who will be signing here at the museum," said Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, GEM’s Curator. "This is a great celebration of that."

Bouchercon 2008 guests of honor include Lawrence Block, Distinguished Contribution to the Genre; Laura Lippman, American Guest of Honor; John Harvey, International Guest of Honor; Mark Billingham, Toastmaster; Robert Rosenwald and Barbara Peters, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Thalia Proctor, Fan Guest of Honor. Bouchercon also hosts the Anthony Awards, which recognize the achievements of creators in the crime genre in an array of categories ranging from Best Novel to Critical Work, as well as panels and discussion groups. A presentation from DC Comics on their new Vertigo Crime line is also scheduled.

Related links:
Adapting Richard Stark's PARKER
Crime comics: CRIMINAL
10-4: 75 years of DICK TRACY
Defending Comic Books
SINISTER SIX: Are You In Or Out?
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