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Monday, January 18, 2010
  Mystery Writers and Felix Gomez, comic book superhero
Mario here:

This weekend I was in NYC for the Mystery Writers of America board meeting. (I'm the local chapter president.) It was a time for serious work and socializing with a lot of great people.  Last Friday we started the party at a mass signing at the Partners and Crimes Mystery Booksellers in Greenwich Village.

From left to right, Lori Armstrong, Craig Johnson, and Jeff Shelby (spoiling yet another photo).

We spent Saturday in orientation and conducting official business, followed by
 dinner at Bobby Van's Steakhouse.  

Naturally we all took advantage of the open bar, and I helped myself to a parade of Sidecars.

Now for...


Even though I mentioned this in the latest Hollow Fang newsletter, I thought I'd share more details about the comic deal I got with IDW Publishing to do a spin-off comic book/graphic novel of my Felix Gomez vampire-detective series.  

IDW Publishing is based in San Diego and publishes titles that include Terminator, Star Trek, Angel, Lock & Key, Dr. Who, and G.I. Joe with writers such as Clive Barker and Joe Hill.

I've been contracted to write scripts that focus on an aside mentioned in my first novel The Nymphos of Rocky Flats.  Before Felix tangled with the US Department of Energy, he got caught in a rumble with the Han Cobras Chinese drug gang.  This comic book series is Killing the Cobra: Chinatown Trollop.  Issue #1, Deadly Shadows, should be available May 2010.

I've been teamed with a couple of outstanding artists, Pintu and Alberto Dose.

This is a color sketch of the cover, as rendered by Pintu.  Very dramatic and James Bond-ish.

I was curious to see how Alberto Dose would depict the scenes I described in the script.

The pages are first sent as pencil sketches and then black & white inked drawings.  The color, dialog, and captions will be added later.


PAGE 1: 

(the pencil sketch)

Panel One

Present day.  Dusk.  Horizontal view of a harbor with Chinese junks crowded together, basically a squalid floating ghetto.  The lights of Hong Kong blaze in the background.

Panel Two

Another horizontal view, emphasizing the masts, rigging, and electrical wires crisscrossed above the junks.  A blurry image of a man leaping--Spiderman style--in the gap between two of the masts.  Night is getting darker.

Panel Three

High-angle shot of an elderly Chinese woman squatting on the deck of a junk.  She’s surrounded by wash hanging on lines as she washes clothes in a bucket (remember, these people are poor).  She’s looking up, surprised.

Panel Four

Close up of the woman as she continues to look up at the masts.



Full panel. 

Upper left is a drawing of two cobras coiled around the globe.  (It's a beatdown of an undercover DEA agent)

The rest of the panel is the interior of a cabin inside one of the junks.  The view is a low-angle shot behind a man bound to a heavy wooden chair.  The man’s clothes are bloody and shredded and he’s slumped forward.  Two thugs face him.  A muscular brute has his shirt cuffs rolled back and looks like he’s been exerting himself.  Blood dots his shirt.  The other thug, skinny and rat-like, wearing a suit, leers at the man in the chair.  Two more thugs watch in the background.

And in Page 3, we at last see Felix Gomez (on his way to rescue the DEA agent).  Handsome guy, that Felix.


Stay tuned.  I'll post the drawings and a few of the final color pages as they progress.

MARIO!!! Fabulous news -- I'm so thrilled for you!
That is so cool, Mario. Congratulations! Those drawings are freaking amazing.
This is just breathtaking! Especially the interior of that junk. Congratulations on this!
That drawing of the interior of the junk blew me away!
Wow congrats! I'm really excited for you :) Let us know when they start hitting the shelves so I can tell the comic shop to put it aside along with my other regular reads.
OMG! This is so awesome! Congrats, Mario.
The reality is even better than the concept...nice Mario.

Felicitaciones!!! Does this mean you'll make it out to ComicCon this year? Can't wait to see Felix on the comic stands.
PS-- forgot to add, Lori and Jeff-- really nice to see you two again, too!

Suh-WEEET! I am not much for graphic novels or comics, but this will be on my keeper shelf. Can't wait to see it out there.
Love it! Amaaaaazing artwork!
Looking forward to a new Felix story, however it's presented!
Congrats Mario!
Mario, Congratulations! You are a super hero yourself!
Great Job!!
This is so fantastic, Mario! Well done.
That's awesome, Mario! Cool art.
Congrats, Mario.
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