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Status Report

The seventh issue of The Digest Enthusiast will be out in December. There’s a little work on the cover remaining, when that’s done I’ll order a print proof and hopefully release it soon after. Beginning with this issue, the Kindle version will be a fixed-page layout. Here’s TDE7’s contributor list:

Lesann Berry
Tom Brinkmann
Steve Carper
Peter Enfantino
Richard Krauss
Marc Myers
Michael Neno
Vince Nowell, Sr.
Rick Ollerman
Josh Pachter
Robert Snashall
Bob Vojtko
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

The second issue of the new Pulp Modern is also underway. Editor Alec Cizak is busy finalizing the stories, while I’m working on the photo-conversions, nearing the half-way point. Once those are done, I’ll get started on the layout. Aiming for a December release on this one too.

Pulp Literature is adding “breaking news” emails to their marketing mix. The email will feature updates on Pulp Literature and special offers. Or you can sign-up to receive only their monthly PL eNewsletter. Where? Here.

Ellery Queen Selects: J25

jp25Unlike previous issues of the unpredictable Ellery Queen Selects series, Jonathan Press J25 featured a novel instead of a collection of short stories. John Dickson Carr’s It Walks by Night was the writer’s first novel, written at age 24, starring French detective Henri Bencolin, and had previously been published and reprinted at least a half dozen times by Pocket Books beginning in 1941.

The November Reader’s Digest is out, and besides “The 10 Nicest Places in America” check out page 32. Yup, it’s another cartoon from the prolific Bob Vojtko, the working-class cartoonist and long-suffering Cleveland Browns observer.


Copy This! #44: Brad Foster


D. Blake Werts interviews indie cartoonist and illustrator, and frequent TDE contributor, Brad Foster in Copy This! #44, October 2017. The 34-page, wide-ranging conversation includes Brad’s refections on his leap of faith into freelancing:

“And, at the end of those six months, I somehow had made money to pay off a few more months of bills. So I stayed at it. And that was over three decades ago, and I’m still doing it. Sometimes it’s been great, enough money in the bank and jobs on line I had no worries at all. Other times, and there have been a lot of them, if a job didn’t come up real-soon-now, I was going to be in big trouble. But, somehow, through all those years, I’ve managed to make my way as an actual, full time artist. And I know what a rare thing that is, and how very, very lucky I am.”

As is often the case, this issue of CT! also includes a bonus. This time it’s a brand new, classic-style mini comic by Brad called “Copy.”

To get your own Copy This! #44 rush $2.00 in cash or stamps to:
D. Blake Werts
12339 Chesley Drive
Charlotte, NC 28277

Better yet, subscribe for 12 issues for only $20.00.

Switchblade #3 Special Limited Edition

SB3SLEThe Switchblade surprise mentioned a few days ago has arrived. It’s a special limited edition of Switchblade #3. Along with alternate covers, the issue also swaps the following content with the regular edition:

Switchblade #3SLE
“Close Contact” by J.L. Boekestein (verse)
“Little Rich Street Girl” by A.B. Patterson
“The Lateral Line” by Scotch Rutherford

Switchblade #3 regular
“A Screwdriver for the Skin” by Zakariah Johnson (verse)
“Duke’s Birthday Bash” by Robert Smith
“Baggage” by Joe Ricker

Of course, #3SE also includes a different Editor’s Corner, two new story photos, and a few tweaks to the Author Bios/Acknowledgements. I believe #3SLE is only available in print, and it will only be available for two months—that’s what makes it a limited edition.

Here’s the balance of the content that both the regular and special limited edition share:

Sharp & Deadly Fiction
“Press it Down” by Preston Lang
“The Kid in Love” by Charles Roland
“Family Secrets” by Eric Beetner
“Crawdaddy” by J.D. Graves
“The Rook” by Ehren Baker
“Burning Snow” by Morgan Boyd
“The Lioness Must Hun” by Calvin Demmer

Quick & Dirty Flash
“Ride On” by J.L. Boekestein
“The Price of a Burger” by Richard Risemberg
“Modern Samurai” by Michael Loniewski

Editor Scotch Rutherford also has a T-Shirt line in the works, so keep an eye on the Switchblade website for an announcement.

Switchblade: An Anthology of Noir
Caledonia Press
Editor: Scotch Rutherford
Cover photos: Scotch Rutherford
5” x 8”, 146 pages
POD $7.99

Paperback Parade #99 October 2017

Paperback Talk by Gary Lovisi
“The War of the Worlds: The Beginnings of a Genre” by Gary Lovisi
“Paperback Library Anomalies” by J. Grant Thiessen & Kenneth Johnson
“Universal Variants: Unfaithful Wives” by Wally Green
“Whip in Hand: Sadism and Bondage Art in American Vintage PBs” by Gary Lovisi
“A Cop Called Wolf” by Gary Lovisi
“Eliot Ness in Cleveland” by Richard L. Kellogg
“Mob Hits: True Crime Mafia & Gangster PBs” by Gary Lovisi
“An Epitome of Pulp: The Street of the Lost” by Jay A. Gertzman
“Ace Books, Donald Wollheim and Me” by David Origlio
“Sons of Starship Troopers: Capt. John Farragut & The Merrimack Series” by Gary Lovisi
“Matchless Paperbacks: Firestarter” by Richard Greene

Editor: Gary Lovisi
Designer: Richard Greene
~5.5” x 8.5” 100 pages, full color throughout
$15 + postage for a single issue
$40 for three-issue subscription
Gryphon Books website

Clark Dissmeyer’s Through a Basement Window

CAD500Indie cartoonist Clark Dissmeyer (aka CAD) produced hundreds of comix during spurts of creativity through the years. Many of his comix, created from 1984 to 1986, were never published in mini comix or zines. Fortunately, Marc Myers saved as much original artwork as possible. A few months ago he asked me to help him get them into print.

Marc selected and organized all the pages and wrote the introduction. And he scanned all of the pages. He received some general and some specific input from Clark, but Marc is the editor of the collection. It wouldn’t have happened without him.

Like Bruce Crislip’s The Minicomix Revolution, the book doesn’t include the Larque Press imprint, but our contribution was the design and production. It’s available now from Amazon for $7.99, print only. You can read the description there for more information, and there should be a preview coming in a few days. It’s a terrific volume. If you’re a fan of newave-era comix, you can’t do better than this one.

Barry Baskerville #5

BarryB5Paperback Parade and The Digest Enthusiast contributor Richard L. Kellogg is also the author of the Barry Baskerville series, starring a boy detective inspired by Sherlock Holmes, and illustrated by Gary Kato. Kellogg’s fifth book in the series, Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory, has just been released by Airship 27 and is available from Amazon for $10.99.