Tonight! Independent Bookstore Day @ Papercuts J.P.

papercutsjp Today is Independent Bookstore Day AND Free Comic Book Day - so get out there and support some local biz!

I'll be at Papercuts J.P. tonight at 6:00pm with Paul Tremblay, reading some of our favorite short stories by other authors that inspire us, and talking crime and horror. Both of us will be hanging around afterward for the late night festivities. Check out the full day of events planned for Papercuts J.P., beginning at 11:00am with free muffins from neighboring Blue Frog Bakery and live music.

Papercuts J.P. will also have free copies of the EXPATRIATE zine Ricardo and I put together last year - updated with stunning colors by Mat Lopes. Grab 'em while they last!

Comics, comics, comics

I remember getting into comics with the Image EXPLOSION in the early 1990's. College fund ==> Spawn-1








Though even more than the comics, I remember going to the local comic shop to pick up packs of cards, like this kickass SHINY Deadpool:

marvel-annual-95-flair-powerblast-card-17-deadpool-bf097After that things are kind of a blur... I know I read a lot, but I didn't keep much of what I read... at least it's not around today. (Damn you, ebay!) Though I did keep every one of my PUNISHER comics, which I recently had bound (covered that yesterday.) While I don't re-read much fiction, I do dip back into old graphic novels. But bagged/boarded comics just sit collecting dust. Now that these bad boys are on the shelf, I'll definitely be taking a trip down memory lane.

cue wavy memory transition

Now, with the help of some stellar artists editor co-creators I'm giving it my best to break into this crazy-in-the-best-way industry. More on those projects later this week... first I gotta pimp some recent favs:

God Hates Astronauts - Ryan Browne - possibly my favorite comic on the market. Non-sequitur after Non-sequitur, hilarious action, Tigers-eating-Cheeseburgers, flying whales, NASA's just something you need to see with your own eyes to believe. Save the previous OGN and head straight for the current Image series. Do it.


The Fade Out - Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - Brubaker and Phillips follow up to Fatale. That's all you need to know - well, that and take your time with this one. It's slow and I enjoyed it more when I had the first few issues in hand.


Afterlife with Archie - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla - I've been zombie'd-out for years, but I love this book. The art/production is incredible, and you can really tell the amount of passion that's gone into this series (and its sister book, Sabrina). Unfortunately releases are a bit sporadic, but it's worth it for the quality. Check out the magazine-size issues too if you can find them.


Opus - Satoshi Kon - I'm a huge fan of Kon's work. Dark Horse is re-releasing several of his books this year (planning a binge in a month or so). More on this to come.


Wytches - Scott Snyder and Jock - CREEPY as hell. A must read for horror fans, especially those who enjoyed Snyder's book, Severed. Really looking forward to seeing where this goes.


ZERO #11  - Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Ales Kot - I've grabbed Zero on and off since it came out (I can't read everything ha) but #11 is a killer book illustrated by my friend and Expatriate co-creator, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. He was given a lot of freedom and the art is just awesome.


Already a ton has been announced for 2015. Here's some of what I'm looking forward to:

dc_poster_side_b4Dark Circle Comics - (The Shield, The Fox, The Black Hood) With the recent success of Afterlife with Archie, I'm really interested in how the company relaunches some of their oldest heroes. It doesn't hurt to have talent such as Chuck Wendig, Adam Christopher and David Williams, Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, and Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos leading the charge.













Silk (Marvel) - Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee - Stacey did several fantastic covers last year. Silk will be her first interior work for Marvel, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out. Hoping this book gets a big push.


ApocalyptiGirl OGN (Dark Horse) - Andrew MacLean - Awesome local dude with a very cool and unique style bringing his OGN to Dark Horse in May. Pre-order from your local shop!


(The return of) Rocket Girl (Image) - Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder - I really enjoyed the first arc, especially all of the extras that Amy put into the trade. Check out Podcorn for more on these creators. There is a ton of passion on display in this series.


I don't know much about the next five, but the creators involved are all some of my favorites.

EI8HT (Dark Horse) - Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson


Chrononauts (Image) - Mark Millar and Sean Murphy



Invisible Republic (Image) - Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko


Southern Cross (Image) - Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger


Big Man Plans (Dark Horse) Eric Powell


Those are the big ones off the top of my head. There will definitely be more!

Christmas Sale!

Looking for that last gift? We gotcha covered.



I'm teaming up with Bracken MacLeod to bring you a holiday double feature of crime! FEDERALES and WHITE KNIGHT + a limited edition print by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (ZERO, EXPATRIATE) for $12.00 (shipping included.)

Shoot an e-mail to clirvin(at) or hit us up on Facebook/Twitter if you are interested in this bit of holiday madness.


Zero #11

Zero CoverMy partner in crime on EXPATRIATE, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, has a killer new book out this week! ZERO, written by Ales Kot, is a great series, and while there are overall arcs to the story, each issue is pretty self-contained - so don't fret if you're not caught up on the previous TPBs. Ricardo's work on the cover and interior is stellar and covers a wide range of action and emotion.

Hit up your local comic shop or comiXology and give it a shot!

...And stay tuned for more EXPATRIATE.

ZERO #11

Iceland, one year later. Zero's past comes knocking.

Boston Comic Con

Today! Tomorrow!

BCCI'll be at table D413 with the New England Horror Writers at Boston Comic Con. Stop by and say hello. I'll have FEDERALES, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz's print of Marcos and the protagonist from Bracken MacLeod's WHITE KNIGHT (will also have a few copies of WK on hand as well), some EXPATRIATE scripts, and more.


Annnd be sure to swing by and chat up Ricardo at D804! Expat zines, prints, and commissions to boot.

Hope to see you there!

Playing catch up

tumblr_n5jot6nivj1txnetfo1_1280 I've been caught up in a bit a of a whirlwind lately with several ongoing WIP (and a self-imposed deadline of NECON less than two weeks away!) So here is a bit of a catch all post before the nose goes back to the grindstone...

Noir at the Bar Boston was a huge success! Thanks again to everyone for coming out. You can check out Dale T. Phillip's write up and photos, HERE.

My short story, "Snapshots," is up on LitReactor as part of their crime contest with Thuglit. You can check it out HERE, vote and even leave a comment if you are feeling wild.

I've continued my weekly uploading/republishing of older short stories on Wattpad. This week's story is MOON BOOTS.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and I are plugging away at EXPATRIATE. Keep up with all of the weekly updates, HERE.

...and speaking of Ricardo, Bracken MacLeod and I will have a very cool limited edition print for sale at NECON. Stay tuned for more on that...or if you want to be spoiled, click HERE!

I'm dreadfully behind on my WIP blog update that I owe after being tapped by Meghan's coming. Until then, take a peek at her first novel.

My great friend Errick Nunnally's debut novel, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, dropped this week. AND it was his birthday! You know what to do.

Annnnd, last but not least, today is the last day of the HUGE ChiZine sale. Catch their entire back catalog of e-books for .99/book. You know you want some John Mantooth, Paul Tremblay, Karen Heuler, Ian Rogers, Rio Youers, Christopher Golden...I could go on all day. These guys put out some of my favorite books and .99 is beyond highway robbery. Get some and tell your friends.

Until next time...


EXPATRIATEIt's up! Check out our new home for EXPATRIATE on tumblr. Ricardo and I will be posting weekly updates so stay tuned for more artwork, script info and discussion of the world we've begun to create. Ricardo's work on the pages so far is fantastic ('s like he's inside my head) and I can't wait to see where he takes the comic.

Until next time...onward and upward.

Going to New York Comic Con?

Going to New York Comic Con? Here are a few tables you should hit! SHP-BFTS-banner-851x315

My man Errick Nunnally will be hanging around the Spencer Hill Press booth (#1058) on Saturday. His kick ass debut, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, comes out next March. Meet the man behind what is sure to be a long running series and grab a bookmark while you're at it.


Ricardo Lopez Ortiz - the man, the myth, the legend - and a hell of an artist. I had the fortune of meeting Ricardo at Boston Comic Con this year and enjoyed his artwork so much that I've hired him to bring my comic, EXPATRIATE, to life. While the project is a WIP, Ricardo will have the script for the first issue and a few sketches on hand. Stop by (#AA2) for a look, a chat and save some monies for an illustration - his work is killer (I've got a Judge Dredd commission on my shelf to prove it!)


John Dixon is having the most exciting week of his life. (It's true, he said so.) But seriously, John is doing some incredible work and I couldn't be happier for him. On Friday he'll be signing at the Simon & Schuster booth (#1828) and giving out ARCs of his debut novel, PHOENIX ISLAND, the basis for the upcoming CBS television series INTELLIGENCE, starring Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, and Meghan Ory.

Just make sure you say no if he offers you hot peppers.


I've met Andrew MacLean at Boston Comic Con for a few years now. He formed Brand New Nostalgia (where I found some of my favorite artists) and is Kickstarting the second issue of his terrific comic, HEAD LOPPER. Stop by (#DD5) and check out the first issue as well as some of his other projects.