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This Issue's Cover

Just goofing around, wondering what to do about my "Bouchercon" cover this year. Not that I do them every year, but this year, I'm going to Raleigh, and I am highly stoked. I'm on a great panel, I've never been to the South before and I have some news about an exciting project my wife, Diane (aka mystery writer Diana Killian, D.L. Browne, Josh Lanyon, etc.) and I are working on. And of course tales will be told, friendships renewed and new ones begun, and many many drinks will be consumed.

But I digress...

This month's cover is a slap-and-paste Photoshop jobbie. I knicked the background from the web, knocked it around a bit, and then took a photo of a special customized POP! figure my pal Xander sculpted and hand-painted for me, and jammed him into the mix, hoping to right a long-standing wrong.

It seems the POP! folks (they're everywhere!) have figurines of just about everyone who ever bounced across a TV or movie screen or a comic book page. Every character who ever appeared on anything from Batman to Breaking Bad to Game of Thrones to Frozen seems to have been honoured with their own figure -- but not Chinatown or The Maltese Falcon or Mannix or even good ol' Jim Rockford.

Where's the P.I. love?

I mean, really. I mean, we already have at least one POP! figure running for president, but there's no vinyl figure of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe?

Where is the love, indeed.

So I commissioned Xander to come up with something, and damn if he didn't knock it outta the park. (in fact, if you have a POP! figure you'd like to see, and can't wait, drop Xander a line -- he does great work, his rates are reasonable, and he works fast).

Anyway, that's the story of this issue's cover. The little guy isn't meant to be any specifis gumshoe -- he's meant to represent all of them, from Lew Archer to Kinsey Millhone, from Mike Hammer to Honey West. I just call him Doghouse.

Doghouse and I will see you in Raleigh. If you want us, we'll probably be in the bar.

Got pulp?

Our good buddy, J. Kingston Pierce, he of January Magazine and Rap Sheet fame, reveals himself to be a crime cover geek of the first degree in Killer Covers, this don't-miss blog. He offers a cover-of-the-week feature, discusses both legendary and hot new artists and illustrators and keeps an eye on the good, the bad and the ugly.

And then, if that isn't enough, do check out Illustration Magazine. Talk about eye candy. This allegedly scholarly magazine devoted to the history of American illustration art is just too delicious to leave to the eggheads. It's published quarterly in full color and each issue features some of the highest quality printing, photography and color reproductions of original art you'll see anywhere. Highly recommended for any gazebo out there with a jones for pop culture and commercial art, but readers here will particularly dig the regular features that pop up on the artists and illustrators who worked on comic books, paperbacks and the pulps. Fun? YES! But collectors will love it too.

Finally, be sure to check out our very own "Dare to Judge This Book: Great Pulp and Paperback Cover Artist."

By the way, if you 've enjoyed our covers over the years, But if this is your sort of thing, have patience. We are planning to eventually have a sort of gallery of previous covers, reproducing the full-size covers. I'll save some brimstone for you. In the meantime, you can take a gander at the collage of covers we used for our tenth anniversary issue right here.

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