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Acts of Violence: An Anthology of Crime Comics

Acts of Violence cover art

Here is a sneak peak of the cover art. Artist Fiona Staples delivered a high caliber piece of work.

If you frequent my blog and follow my work you will know my comic The Three Princes is part of a crime comics anthology. I have been talking about this anthology for more than a year , but have never revealed its name, its publication date, or the other stories and creators featured within. I’ve been waiting…

…waiting for the book to be sent to the printers so I knew without a doubt the anthology would see the light of day. Creating an anthology has proven to be quite the undertaking. For example, I first got involved in August 2008, the artwork was for The Three Princes was completed in March 2009, and the completed book proofed, approved and sent to the printers just a couple weeks ago. But now that the release of the anthology is less than a month away I feel comfortable telling you more about it.

To start, the title is Acts of Violence.

The following information is taken from the back cover:

ACTS OF VIOLENCE is a collection of short stories in the pulp tradition. It doesn’t shy away from bullets or bloodshed. It tackles characters with flawed judgment and loose morals. The storylines are ripped from the filthy underbelly of the world in which we live. ACTS OF VIOLENCE peers into the shadows and shines a light on what scuttles on the periphery.

In THE THREE PRINCES, a trio of young friends is schooled on the alcohol and blood soaked streets of Prohibition era America.

A rookie lawman must protect a killer from the desperate and despairing parents of a murdered girl in SIX O’CLOCK NOOSE.

A drug addled ten-time loser seeks to break the chains of misery that bind him in REGGIE-TOWN.

And in THE ORCHARD, two cops take a late night drive into broken morals and violence.

Featuring the talents of Toren Atkinson, Ed Brisson, Chad Boudreau, Dino Caruso, Damian Couceiro, Todd Ireland, Kevin Leeson, Manoel Magalhaes, and Marvin Mann and cover art by Fiona Staples, ACTS OF VIOLENCE unveils a roster of new voices in hard-boiled crime comics.

I managed to get a PDF version of the finished stories into the hands of comics writer and novelist Mike Carey (The Unwritten, Lucifer, Hellblazer) and he had this to say:

“A dark, rich anthology. There are acts of violence in profusion: also addictions, betrayals, uneasy consciences, moral ambiguities, bad choices and inadequate redemptions. Most importantly of all, there are strong creative voices, using the comics medium to do ambitious things.”

That quote appears on the back cover. To have such a favorable review from an established industry professional is a great endorsement of the anthology and the work of its creators. It is also means a lot to me personally because I am a big Mike Carey fan. His work inspires me.

In the coming weeks I will post more information about Acts of Violence. There is a lot more to tell and show but you have to keep coming back to my blog to get all the goods.

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