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"I have romantic notions of drinking gimlets with Raymond Chandler, waiting out the Santa Ana winds together in some dim bar."

-- author Megan Abbott, July 24, 2016, The New York Times Book Review

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  1. HARD CASE CRIME Launches Crime Comics Imprint!
    Hard Case Crime makes a two-fisted entry into the burgeoning crime comics field with two titles in October. Hitting the newsstands and comic shops first is Triggerman, written by legendary screenwriter and film director Walter Hill and French writer Matz, with art by Jef, revolving around a Prohibition-era gangster trying to set the world right.
    Right on Triggerman's heels comes the deliciously tawdry Peepland, co-scripted by long-time friends of this site, Christa Faust and Gary Phillips, and billed as "a semi-autobiographical neo-Noir mini-series with a punk edge, set in the seedy Times Square peep booths of 1980s New York City." Hmmm... and here I thought Gary grew up in LA.
    And there's more in the kitty. Sometime in 2017, they're set to launch Quarry, based on Max Allan Collins' ruthless assassin.
  2. More Crime Comics!
    Not to be outdone, Image Comics has just launched a new monthly: Kill or Be Killed, the latest from the award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. It's a deliberately pulpy, hard-boiled tale of a young man who is forced to kill people (but only bad ones, apparently). Dark, violent and thoughtful are the buzzwords. We'll see... (August 2016)
  3. Mystery Weekly Magazine
    Yeah, it's called "Mystery Weekly" but Kelly and Chuck Carter's digital mag is published monthly, and presents "crime and mystery short stories by some of the world's best established and emerging mystery writers. The original stories we select for each issue run the gamut from cozy to hardboiled fiction." The monicker, I assume, comes from their free weekly samples, and of course that's the bait. They're hoping you'll love it so much that you'll subscribe to their monthly, printer-friendly PDF version. This digital mag is also available through Magzter, Amazon, Google Play & the App store. And writers take note-- they're always looking for submissions.

    "What is Noir?"
    Always a favourite question (we've had several whacks at it ourselves over the years), The Noir Factory recently decided to take poke as well, and twelve of us answered, including Lawrence Block, Christa Faust,Eddie Muller and Charles Ardai. I think I'm in there simply to cleanse the palate, but there IS a really bad photo of me.
  4. Jessica Jones Goes Home
    Following the success of last year's gritty, street-level TV mini-series revolving around Marvel superhero-turned-Manhattan P.I Jessica Jones, the comic book publisher has announced a new series coming this fall from original creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Whether the new series will return Jessica to her rough-edged roots (YES!), or follow current Marvel continuity which has cast her as just another spandex-bedecked member of the Avengers (meh) remains to be seen.
  5. And speaking of spandex...
    There's no sign of it (or tiaras) in the just-released promos for Netflix's upcoming (September) take on Marvel's Luke Cage. Unfortunately, there's also no sign of Jessica Jones, his significant other, either. But one can always hope. You can watch the first trailer on YouTube.
  6. Quarry to Run in September
    Cinemax's long-anticipated new show featuring Max Allan Collins' Vietnam vet-turned-hitman, Quarry, starring Logan Marshall-Green, is now scheduled to air in September.
  7. With Smiling Bastards Lying to You Everywhere You Go
    The Miami Herald reports that the commemorative bronze plaque at the Bahia Mar Marina's Slip F18, where Fort Lauderdale's most famous resident, Travis McGee, once moored The Busted Flush, has been removed.
  8. The Little Sister.
    Barry Ergang clued me into this little animated gem, now available for viewing (hopefully) on YouTube. The creator, who put this together using elements of an old PC game (which was also based on Chandler's The Little Sister), admits "I don't own the copyrights to any of this material, and I cannot imagine who would." So, sure, the audio's sketchy in spots, its provenance is dubious and the story strays a little too much at times from the original, but what a ride! As Barry says "it seems to have been grafted over an old videogame, but some parts look like it was lifted from Scooby Doo, or possibly the graphic novel (but) definitely worth investigating." FanFic taken to a whole new level.(2015, Brooklyn Multimedia)
  9. Aloha, Hawaiian Dick
    It's been way too long since we've had a visit from B. Clay Moore's slacker P.I. Byrd from Hawaii but he's back, in a brand new mini-series from Image Comics (April 2016)
  10. The Hollywood Ladies of Série noire
    ZUT! The Divine Ms. Sarah digs up two of my fave forgotten hard-boiled dames: MARTY HOLLAND & GERTRUDE WALKER for the LA Review of Books.
  11. Jack Irish: The TV Series!
    Good news! Looks like Acorn-TV is going to be streaming the all-new series starting in May, based on Peter Temple's award-winning P.I. novels. And yes, Guy Pearce will be returning as the trouble-bound Aussie eye, as will the rest of the cast The three made-for-TV movies were some of the best P.I. fare I've seen in years -- smart, gritty, well-acted and directed -- so I've got my hopes up high for this one.
  12. Chandler to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame?
    Adam Lerner and Bill Boyle have launched a fund-raising IndieGoGo campaign to get Raymond Chandler a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the approval of the Chandler Estate and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. This would make Chandler the first writer (who is not also a director, producer, or animator) to get a star.

    They argue that "If there were no Raymond Chandler there would certainly be no Philip Marlowe and if there were no Philip Marlowe there would arguably be no Hollywood Noir or Hollywood Walk of Fame."

    I'm not sure if I buy all that argument, but if there's a writer who deserves that star, it's definitely Chandler. Let's help give him his due.

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