Monday, April 30, 2012



By Stephen Jared
Solstice Publishing
303 pages

In the early 1920s, former Army Lieutenant Walter Steale has returned to civilian life and settled down in Los Angeles amongst the glitz of the silent movie world.  His one ambition is to put the horrors of World War One behind him and get on with a normal, peaceful life. Unfortunately his brother, Sam, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, coerces him into working as hired muscle for his crooked boss, Governor Davies.  This leads Steale into brutal confrontations with crazy mob gangsters and a prostitution ring tied to several corrupt politicians.

When a gang boss is murdered in a bombing and then Steale himself is targeted in another, even in his wounded condition he is savvy enough to realize he’s been set up as a patsy by his own brother. To clear his name and stay out of jail, Steale must rely on the courage of Virginia “Ginny” Joy, a beautiful young movie actress whose star is on the rise. As unlucky a couple as can be imagined, Ginny has fallen hard for the veteran doughboy and is willing to jeopardize her own career to save his neck.

Author Stephen Jared is an accomplished film actor with a vast knowledge of early Hollywood history which he deftly employs here by creating a truly authentic background for his wonderfully crafted mystery.  Refusing to mimic classical noir settings, Jared presents a truly straight forward and original narrative that moves at its own leisurely pace.  Then when the reader least expects it, he delivers scenes of gut wrenching violence in such a cold, calculating style, this reviewer was reminded of the late Mickey Spillane’s work.

TEN-A-WEEK STEALE was a nice surprise in many ways, exceeding my own expectations and in the end delivers a better than average tale in a field overrun with cheap knock-offs.  Wally Steale and Ginny Joy make a nice team, let’s hope we get to see them again real soon.


The third annual Pulp Factory Awards were announced and distributed at this year’s Windy City Paper & Pulp Show on May 27th.  The Pulp Factory is an internet group made up of over one hundred pulp enthusiasts, some professional writers and artists, all devoted pulp fans. There are four categories and cover all new pulp fiction and artwork created in the previous year.

The winners this year were works published in 2011 were.

Best Pulp Novel
“Damballa” by Charles Saunders – Published by Airship 27 Productions

Best Pulp Short Story
“Vengeance Is Mine,” by Ron Fortier – Published in The Avenger –Justice Inc. from Moonstone Books.

Best Pulp Cover
Michael Kalula for “Challenger Storm – Isle of Blood” by Don Gates from Airship 27 Productions.

Best Interior Illustrations
Michael Kaluta for “Challenger Storm –Isle of Blood” by Don Gates from Airship 27 Productions.

This is the first time one creator has won two awards.  This year’s nominees and winning tales and art were culled from seventeen publishers of new pulp fiction and art; a welcome sign that this genre continues to grow.

The membership of the Pulp Factory wish to congratulate all nominees and our three winners and to thank the Windy City Promoters Doug Ellis and John Gunnerson for their continued support of these awards.


New Pulp writer Bobby Nash was interviewed by Morgen Bailey for her writing blog site.

You can read the full in-depth interview at

You can learn more about Bobby Nash at

Friday, April 27, 2012


New Pulp Author Bobby Nash is the guest blogger over at author Rachel Hunter’s Life Defined blog today. Bobby tackles an issue he faced recently, creating a compelling novel cover. He goes through the steps it took to create the cover to his latest thriller, Deadly Games!

You can read the entire post at

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Pulp’s Table Talk: Label Me This!

This week, New Pulp authors Barry Reese, Bobby Nash, and Mike Bullock return to the table to discuss author labels and untapped genres.

New Pulp’s Table Talk - Label Me This is now available at or at the direct link:

Join the conversation. Leave us a comment on the blog and let us know your thoughts on this topic. We’d love to hear your thoughts and questions.

Have a question you want the Table Talk Trio to answer? Send it to with "Table Talk Question" in the subject line. Also, let us know if you want attribution for the question, or you'd rather remain anonymous. Please, keep the questions pertinent to the creation of New Pulp and/or writing speculative fiction in general. We'll get the questions worked into future columns.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Challenging the Storm with Don Gates

Florida native Don Gates has produced one of the outstanding New Pulp novels of 2011, with "Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood." Published by Airship 27, with cover and interior illustrations by legendary artist Mike Kaluta, this is non-stop action in the traditional pulp mold. Gates has his pulp chops down, but he brings to these characters a depth that was absent in the early days. He recently took some time to tell us about his inspirations, his new novel, and his plans for future projects.

All Pulp:  How long have you been writing, and at what point did you decide you wanted to write a book?"

Don Gates:  Writing is actually pretty new to me. I did a LOT of creating in my head- daydreaming and stuff like that- but I usually never got things on paper beyond just a rough outline. Before working on this book, I'd start to write things that usually fizzled out before chapter 3. I always loved pulps and always wanted to do a pulp-style story or series, I just never felt I had the right mix of elements, characters, etc. I asked some friends online to let me bounce some ideas off of them, and after finding out what worked and what didn't I had a handful of ideas that I wanted to try my hand at, all existing in the same pulp "universe". Challenger Storm is the first of those ideas.

AP: What do you like to read, and how did it lead you into wanting to do it yourself?"

DG: I like to read the classic pulps (of course) along with newer pulp-like fiction like the Dirk Pitt novels and the Agent Pendergast series, and I love the Destroyer series of paperbacks. Outside of that, I like classic sci-fi & adventure like Jules Verne and HG Wells, and I absolutely love William Gibson's earlier cyberpunk novels. I'm a huge fan of HP Lovecraft, and in the last few years I've come to enjoy JRR Tolkien as well. And of course, I try to read as much of the "New Pulp" crop of authors as possible... there's a LOT of really amazing work out there!

As far as being led to create my own pulp, I can sum that up in one instance: the first time I read Doc Savage. I was home sick from junior high school, laid-out on the couch with the Doc Omnibus #6. Even though I know now they're kind of sub-par Doc Stories when compared to the earlier ones, I didn't know that at the time. All I know is for a few hours I was transported away from home and into an incredibly fun adventurous world. If I can bring any of that feeling to my work, I'm happy.

AP: What were some of your inspirations for Challenger Storm? In some ways, he is a very conventional character, and in other ways he is not."

DG: A lot of the major influences came from Doc Savage of course, but I wanted him to be more human and less godlike. As much as I enjoy infallible heroes like The Shadow, I always appreciate when a series' hero is more vulnerable, and even though you know they're going to win in the end you still worry about them getting into scrapes. I also wanted him to have a motivation beyond the simple pulp-hero credo: "I'm rich, smart, and fit... let's get the bad guys!" I wanted it to be about redemption with Storm: he wants to make up for a past in which he was an awful, selfish, and self-important jerk. The three scars on his face aren't just there as a visual-cue to make him stand-out from other square-jawed adventurers, they're also tied in with his "origin" and serve to remind him of where he comes from and what he went through to change his life.

AP:  It's obvious that you have more than a passing interest in aircraft. Tell us a little about that, and how it informs your work.

DG:  I am interested in vintage aviation, and it's something that I've always been into for some reason. Now I'm not so into it that I can tell you what kind of horsepower the engines on a B-17 Flying Fortress had, but I love the look and elegance of pre-war and WWII-era aircraft. It was a national and worldwide fad during those days, a relatively new science. It's so fascinating to compare that era's air-travel with ours. In those days, they were focusing on comfort, designing airplanes and airships that were like ocean liners in the sky... these days, they pack as many people possible into a cramped, over-sized tin can and shoot you across the country. Sure it's faster, but it's lost a lot of the personality that the golden era of aviation had.

It was during the art process of the book that I found out that Michael Kaluta, who is the legendary artist who did the cover and interior illustrations, is a bit of an aviation-nut too, even more so than I am. I've always been a huge fan of his, and when I found this out it was just another example of a perfect fit for the book. It's funny: when I had come up with the MARDL pursuit-plane (the Witch), I was inspired partially by an old racing plane, the De Havilland DH-88 Comet, but never mentioned this to anyone. Later when I wrote to Michael and asked what he had in mind for his version of the Witch, he emailed me back and told me his design was influenced by the Comet too. It was pure synchronicity, hahaha.

AP: How did "Isle of Blood" come about? Did you write the whole thing and submit it to publishers? What brought you and Airship 27 together?

DG:  I had the cast of heroes created and ready before I had their first story. "Isle of Blood" evolved from 2 things: an idea I had about a lost valley of floating rocks and an old photograph of a wealthy-looking man and his daughter that I found in an antique store. Those elements came into play as plot points A through Z, then it became a matter of coming up with B through Y to bring them together. I wrote the book off and on from mid 2007 through the end of 2009, experiencing the longest setback after my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died before the book was completed, and of course the book is partially dedicated to him.

As far as publishing it through Airship 27, I'd actually wrote the book with them in mind. I really like their books and their production values, and so they were on the "short list" of potential publishers. I sent them the book a few days before Christmas of 2009, and it was accepted shortly thereafter.

AP:  What do you have in mind for the future of Challenger Storm? Do you have any other characters or comcepts you're working on?

DG:  I have quite a few Challenger Storm stories in the works, all in various stages of outlining and plotting. I'm working on the second book now, "The Curse of Poseidon", and had a major idea for a new book that will probably become the third novel. Without giving too much away, it's going to play in H.P. Lovecraft's funhouse a little bit, and if I can pull it off it's going to be kind of epic.

I have lots of other series and characters I'd like to work on. One is a vigilante series called The Cipher and has a secret-identity hook that I hope will grab people, and another is a character I've had in my head since I was about 13: a man-of-mystery character called Codename: Shanghai. There's also a one-shot story told from a Challenger Storm villain's point of view, as well as a stand-alone lost-world adventure. Challenger Storm's legacy involving his son and grandchildren is another thing I'd like to work on a bit also, along with a sword & sorcery book... Like I said, I have a lot of ideas. Finding the time to do all that writing is the thing I have issues with, but I'm trying.

AP:  When did you first learn that Michael Kaluta would be doing the illustrations, and how did that make you feel? That's a pretty big deal.

DG:  The Kaluta thing was something absolutely crazy... I'm still shocked that it happened. I'd been a fan of his for years, ever since discovering his work on The Shadow. My wife Annie contacted him a few years ago with questions about commission work and something about their personalities just clicked and they became email-acquaintances. When Airship 27's Ron Fortier was trying to find an artist to do "The Isle of Blood", Annie said to me "Why don't you ask Mike Kaluta to do it?" at which point I seriously began doubting her sanity. She's not a fangirl, though, and to her he's just a regular guy so she had no trepidation about asking him. Long story short, he said "yes" and he and Ron hammered an agreement out with regards to fitting it into his busy (and I mean BUSY) schedule, and here I am with not one but two dreams fulfilled in a single swoop.

Conan Shines In New Dark Horse Series

Review by Joshua Pantalleresco
I eagerly awaited Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan on Conan.  I’ve been a big fan of Brian’s since he released Channel Zero way back in the mid nineties.  It was angry, rebellious and thoughtful.   Ever since, he has done a number of excellent books including Demo, Local, Northlanders and DMZ.    I’m happy to say so far Conan continues that trend.

This Conan series is a direct adaptation of the story Queen of the Black Coast and deals with Conan’s first serious romantic relationship with the character Belit.  The story begins with Conan’s retreat from the city of argos as he forces himself on board the trade ship Argus.  After a brief and abrupt negotiation, Conan finds himself acquiring passage. 

My favorite part of the story is Conan’s story about how he found himself running for his life.  You get a real glimpse with how he found himself running for his life.  Here is where you get a real good glimpse into Conan’s character and I think this in particular is where Brian Wood shines.  Conan’s run in with the law shows that while he is still young and very brash, yet you understand exactly where he is coming from with his actions. 

He quickly befriends the ships captain Titus who tells him about the dangerous and beautiful Belit, the fierce queen of the black coast who terrorizes trade ships with her cunning and ruthlessness aboard her ship the tigress.  Conan is enticed by the story as her description matches the stories of the winged goddesses of the north that as a youth he dreamed about.

Finding themselves in her waters, and unable to go back to Argos because of Conan, they press on.  Shortly thereafter Belit enters the book right at the end with her and Conan looking eye to eye.

Issue two is the battle between the Argus and the Tigress.  Another great little touch in this book is Conan firing arrow after arrow into the Tigress’ crew as the ship approaches.  He has the opportunity to perhaps hit Belit and waivers.  He says crom as he fires.  Did he want to miss?  Or was he regretful that he was about to kill her? 

The battle intensifies and Conan witnesses the death of Titus and vows to go down swinging.  He becomes an angel of death and proceeds to cut down anything in his path.  In the end it’s Conan facing down the whole crew by himself.  That fight is interrupted by Belit, who views Conan in much the same way he does her; a myth made real.  She makes an offer that catches him completely by surprise and ends the second issue right there.

This review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Becky Cloonan.  Her Conan is devious, young and clever.  Her Conan isn’t the muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger type.  He looks like a lean and capable warrior, which is probably a lot more realistic.  And she nails the character perfectly.  Those splash pages on page two and three of issue one is perfect.  My other favorite conan is him standing definitely aboard the tigress just daring them to come at him, outnumbered and outgunned.  She gets Conan and manages to mix honor and brashness into his demeanor. 

Belit is beautiful, bold and clever.  Page 1 she looks absolutely fierce and as defiant as Conan is later in the issue.  She hasn’t been featured in the book as much as Conan as of yet but I know that will change from here on out.     When she has been on screen she has been able to captivate the pages she has graced herself into.  All in all, you have two very strong and clearly defined characters.  It’s a strong start and worth a read.

Issue three is out now.  I suggest you go and pick it up along with the first two issues.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t recommend this book enough. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Universal Picking Up Charlize Theron Sci-Fi Project 'Agent 13'

The Hollywood Reporter reports that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes'" director, Rupert Wyatt is attached to the Charlize Theron Sci-Fi Project 'Agent 13'.

Universal is finalizing a deal to pick up Agent 13, a sci-fi project that sees Charlize Theron attached to star and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt attached to direct.

T.S. Nowlin  is the writer behind the pitch, which is based on a little known comic book from 1988. It was created by G.I. Joe and Transformers cartoon writer Flint Dille and David Marconi, who went on to pen the Will Smith thriller Enemy of the State as well as Live Free or Die Hard. 

The comic had post-modern pulp overtones, replete with femme fatales and explosive cliffhangers. The main character is male and despite Theron's involvement, will remain that way. (The actress is attached to play another part.)

Sean Daniels, one of those behind Universal's Mummy franchise, discovered the comic and has been developing since at least last year, is one of the producers along with Jason Brown. Theron is also producing via her Denver and Delilah banner as is Union Entertainment.

For more information on Agent 13, check out All Pulp’s interview with Flint Dille and David Marconi from December 2010 at

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pulp Ark 2012 -- Off To A Roaring Start!

Pulp Ark 2012 doesn't officially kick off until later today but organizer Tommy Hancock is reporting that the convention is off to a great start! In just the first few hours, more fans have come through the doors today than attended the entire weekend last year! In related news, sales are strong for those vendors who have already set up their tables and with more authors, vendors and participants arriving over the next 24 hours, it's safe to say that Pulp Ark 2012 is going to be a pulp con for the ages!

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Art: Dave Stokes
Steel City Noir returns to Trip City with an all-new Bite-Sized Pulp Story called "Made To Order" by writer Vito Delsante with cover art by Dave Stokes.

We were outnumbered forty to one. Bobby had already took one in the shoulder. I wasn’t feeling too great, either. Holed up in a motel in some shitty burgh called Kittanning, I picked that moment to tell him.

"Bobby, I’m pregnant."

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012



April 13th Yesterday Christopher Paul Carey and Michael Croteau were guests on the Book Cave doing a podcast all about the ancient civilization of Khokarsa. Give it a listen if you haven't already. If you are not familiar with the Book Cave, hosts Rick Croxton and Art Sippo do a terrific job interviewing a wide variety of people regarding genre fiction, pulps, movies, tv, you know, all that entertainment we love.

In the podcast Chris and Mike mostly talk about the new webpage they created, Explore the World of Lost Khokarsa for the series, and the soon to be released,GODS OF OPAR: Tales of Lost Khokarsa. In case you've been living in a cave we'll point out that this volume contains three novels: HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, FLIGHT TO OPAR, and the brand new conclusion to the series, THE SONG OF KWASIN. The latter title being a collaboration between Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey.

But, then the interview took a turn for the unexpected with the announcement of another brand-new book set in Khokarsa. If there is one complaint many people have about the Khokarsa novels, it is that the Gray-Eyed God, Sahhindar, does not show up enough. Seriously, anyone who has read TIME'S LAST GIFT knows who Sahhindar is, and we want to spend more time with him. A lot more time in fact. Farmer really took the old adage, "leave them wanting more," a little too far in this case. That is one of the reasons Christopher Paul Carey's novella, Exiles of Kho, has us so excited. Not only is it an origin story, but Sahhindar plays a prominent role!

If that doesn't get you excited, how about this: artist extraordinaire Mike Hoffman not only supplies the gorgeous cover art, but interior illustrations as well. It gets even better, read on if you dare... The signed limited edition novella will be published in the late summer or early fall of 2012 (hopefully in time forFarmerCon VII where Chris will be a guest). You can preorder the book now for $15 plus shipping and there are two very compelling reasons why you need to do this. First, if you preorder by June 30th, your name will appear in the book on the acknowledgments page. Second, only a small number of copies will be printed beyond the number preordered. So if you don't preorder the book, there is a very good chance you will miss out on the tale of how Sahhindar significantly influenced the course of events in the ancient civilization of Khokarsa.


Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor discuss the creation of The Ruby Files at Josh Reynold’s blog. Please check it out at

And check out these other Ruby Files interviews:

THE RUBY FILES GETS PULPED! The creative team behind the new anthology interviewed by the PULPED! podcast.

All Pulp’s The Ruby Files Round Robin Interview:

And there’s a free preview download at

You can learn more about The Ruby Files and Airship 27 at
You can learn more about Ruby co-creator Sean Taylor at
You can learn more about Ruby co-creator Bobby Nash at

Visit the official The Ruby Files website at

Monday, April 16, 2012


New pages were added to the official Lance Star: Sky Ranger website at and the official The Ruby Files website at, which gives links to shows, conventions, signing and other appearances made by creators who worked on those title.

Meet The Ruby Files Creators. New Appearances page added.

Meet Lance Star: Sky Ranger Creators. New Appearances page added.

If you’re at any of these shows, please stop by and say hello. These creators would love to meet you. Tell them All Pulp sent ya!


The Spider ™ Argosy Communications. Artwork © Pablo Marcos.
New Pulp Author Martin Powell shared an excerpt from the upcoming Moonstone release of The Spider in "The City That Couldn't Sleep."


Gunfire erupted, bullets splintering plaster and wooden panels. The Spider was a dark-cloaked blur, springing forward with panther-like prowess. He fired twice, dropping as many hooded thugs, splashing their blood and brains ruby-red across the linoleum. Two more shots punched through another masked skull, and severed a spine into gory splinters.

Only one crook remained. Trembling, he tossed away his weapon, knelt upon the sticky blood-slick floor, and surrendered.

The Master of Men laughed again.

"Smart boy," he snarled, gliding closer to his prisoner. "You’ve been cleaning up, all over town. Clever jobs.
Well organized. Not like everyone else. Maybe you’re immune to the Sleepless Sickness. Perhaps you’re the cause of it. We’re going to have a long talk…and I promise you’re going to tell me exactly where—"

The thug’s eyes spilled tears, gasping behind his mask. The Spider tore away the cowl, revealing killer’s contorted face already blackening with poison he’d consumed from a hollow molar.

There was nothing the Spider could do, except watch him die. He wanted to curse his own failure.

Instead, he laughed. And laughed some more.


The Spider in "The City That Couldn't Sleep" is written by Martin Powell with interior illustrations by the legendary Pablo Marcos. Coming soon from Moonstone Books.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Sequential Pulp Comics shared their latest press release for Athena Voltaire with All Pulp.

For more information, contact:
Michael Hudson


Globetrotting aviatrix Athena Voltaire battles Nazis, occult science, and mythical creatures against the backdrop of the pulp era. And now she’s coming in for a landing with Sequential Pulp Comics.
Co-publishers Sequential Pulp Comics and Dark Horse Comics are pleased to announce their publishing plans for writer/artist Steve Bryant’s 1930s heroine.

"Steve and I share a common love for all things pulp and for telling great stories. His character, Athena Voltaire, could not be a better fit for our line of graphic novels," said Sequential Pulp president Michael Hudson. "These stories will have a beginning, a middle, and a true end to them, giving the reader a complete and fulfilling experience. The art and the writing are masterful. I can’t wait to see how Steve and his team develop this wonderful property as we move ahead."

"I can't think of a better home for Athena Voltaire than the Sequential Pulp imprint. Their commitment to adapting genre classics and creating new pulp icons is second to none," said Bryant. "To be published through Dark Horse is the cherry on top. Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Buffy, Battlepug—they put out some of the best comics on the stands today. I’m flattered and humbled to see my book added to such a prestigious line!"

Athena Voltaire

In addition to covering representational rights, the exclusive print and digital publishing agreement calls for an Omnibus edition containing remastered versions of the previously published Athena Voltaire material followed by new adventures, including two graphic novels and an illustrated prose anthology.

With titles scheduled into 2015 and beyond, Athena Voltaire is sure to continue to please her existing fan base as well as those who will be coming aboard through this relaunch. Anyone who enjoys pulp, classic adventure stories, classic and modern comics will fall in love with this heroine who is unlike any other in comics today.

About Dark Horse Comics:
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S., and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

About Sequential Pulp Comics:
Sequential Pulp is a new imprint and production house whose focus is on publishing graphic novels based on classic to neo pulp of all genres. Its books will include both licensed and creator-owned material. launched as a part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was also included in St. Martin's The Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition).

About Steve Bryant:
Steve Bryant began his comics career with the launch of Athena Voltaire as a webcomic, eventually earning him an Eisner Award nomination in 2005, and a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in 2007. Bryant has contributed artwork to publications from Image, IDW, and Ape Entertainment, as well. Outside of comics, Steve has produced illustrations for everything from clip art and greeting cards to theme park design and roleplaying games.
You can learn more about Sequential Pulp Comics at
You can learn more about Dark Horse Comics at

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Sequential Pulp Comics shared their latest press release for A Quatermain Adventure with All Pulp.

For more information, contact:
Michael Hudson

Allan Quatermain may not be as well known as Tarzan or Indiana Jones, but he adventured his way through lost civilizations long before those two characters’ adventures had been put into writing.  The FIRST Action-Adventure Hero Returns in a new series of Quatermain Adventures from Sequential Pulp Comics

Quatermain first appeared in Sir H. Rider Haggard's 1886 novel, King Solomon's Mines, and he set the standard for generations of adventure heroes. Haggard's second most famous character, the iconic Ayesha followed a year later in the rousing "lost civilization" yarn, She. Both Quatermain and Ayesha proved to be so popular that Haggard wrote one of the earliest versions of a "crossover" with Allan and She. Both characters have proven to be remarkably durable over the decades in both print and film and continue to thrill audiences today.
With a resurgence in pulps and classic adventure at an all time high, Sequential Pulp’s Michael Hudson felt a graphic novel series built around the adventures of Allan Quatermain was due and thus was born the first two books A Quatermain Adventure: King Solomon’s Mines and A Quatermain Adventure: She. Michael Hudson says, "Our version of King Solomon's Mines is the first in a series of wild adventures that take Quatermain and his companions all over the world...and even beneath it. The second graphic novel in the series is an adaptation of She, which blends elements from both the original novel and She and Allan. I’m thrilled to have two creators well versed in adventure comic storytelling in Mark Ellis and Pablo Marcos on King Solomon’s Mines. The work that has been coming in is stunning!"

When offered scripting reins on the project, veteran action-adventure novelist Mark (James Axler) Ellis saw it as an opportunity to "re-imagine" Quatermain and his milieu. Ellis says, "Quatermain is not just the template for all modern adventure heroes, but for the 'Englishman who went native' character archetype. I thought it would be interesting to examine that a bit in our series. So Pablo and I decided to present Allan as younger man, more dynamic, with a touch of the savage about him. And that extends to sexy female characters such as Princess Ignosa in King Solomon's Mines."
Quatermain remains popular with movie studios. Such actors as Stewart Granger, Richard Chamberlain and Sir Sean Connery have portrayed him. Recently Sonar Entertainment announced a 10 episode TV series entitled Quatermain, expected to go into production on location in Africa later this year. Sequential Pulp’s King Solomon’s Mines will solicit mid 2013 followed by She.

About Dark Horse Comics:
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the third-largest comic-book publisher in the U.S., and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

About Sequential Pulp Comics:
Sequential Pulp is a new imprint and production house whose focus is on publishing graphic novels based on classic to neo pulp of all genres. Its books will include both licensed and creator-owned material.
Mark Ellis:
The author of 50 novels and the creator of the best-selling Outlanders SF novel series, Ellis is no stranger to action-adventure. He has written what is generally considered the best comics version of Doc Savage, as well series based on popular TV shows such as The Wild, Wild West and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He has also created comic/graphic properties such as Death Hawk, HP Lovecraft’s The Miskatonic Project, Star Rangers, and The Justice Machine.
Pablo Marcos:
Pablo Marcos has worked in comics and commercial illustration for decades. A native Peruvian, Marcos is one of Peru’s leading cartoonists. His first U.S. work was in Warren Publishing’s Creepy #39 in 1971. Marcos has been associated with Batman, Dracula, Conan the Barbarian and his signature character, the Zombie for Marvel’s black-and-white horror comics magazine Tales of the Zombie (1973–1975). He has also illustrated many young adult adaptations of classic novels including King Solomon’s Mines for Great Illustrated Classics and Baronet Publishing.

You can learn more about Sequential Pulp Comics at
You can learn more about Dark Horse Comics at

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Allan Quatermain may not be as well known as Tarzan or Indiana Jones, but he adventured his way through lost civilizations long before those two characters’ adventures had been put into writing.


Big Bang Comics and Pulp 2.0 Press Announce New Digital-First Comic Strip

Featuring Knight Watchman at C2E2

Veteran Warren and Shazam Award winning writer Steve Skeates on board the

Sunday comic strip-style webcomic with Knight Watchman creator Chris Ecker

At C2E2: Pulp 2.0 Press MPB (Mad Pulp Bastard) Bill Cunningham joined Big Bang co-creator Chris Ecker in announcing a new, color Knight Watchman serialized comic strip story that will feature the storytelling of Shazam Award-winning comic book legend Steve Skeates (The Spectre, Hawk and Dove, Aquaman, Pantha). This new, digital-first weekly comic strip marks the return of not only Skeates, but of the Knight Watchman to eager comic fans.

“Chris has been itching to get back to the drawing board, and continue telling the adventures of the Knight Watchman, Kid Galahad and the rest of the characters who haunt Midway City,” said Cunningham. “While Chris, Gary Carlson and I have had many discussions on taking the Big Bang brand to different media, it was Chris who went out and contacted Steve Skeates and got him on board to do a Sunday “newspaper comic strip” for the web. All the credit belongs to him. I’m just here to make sure it’s realized, and gets into the hands of Big Bang and comic strip fans worldwide.”

“Big Bang Comics has a tradition of working with our veteran comics creators like Marty Nodell, Shelly Moldoff and others. I’m really pleased to have Steve join our ranks and work with him to tell rip-roarin’ adventure stories,” said artist Chris Ecker. “This Sunday newspaper style strip is a new idea for us, but I think it fits in well with the type of stories we want to tell - Golden age stories for kids of all ages. A Sunday strip gives us the chance to reach out to the audience, and let them know what Big Bang and Pulp 2.0 is all about. ”

“I am excited about launching our first digital comic, especially in this strip format which will utilize the “widescreen look” provided by computer and tablet screens, exactly like reading the Sunday Funnies“ said Cunningham. “We’re doing it a bit “old school,” but that’s been part of our tradition from the beginning, bringing the classic “pulp” into tomorrow as quickly and inexpensively as possible so people can enjoy it. Then we’ll collect the color webcomic for print, and add even more value for our readers.”

The weekly comic strip is set to debut in August 2012, to coincide with Pulp 2.0’s release of the first and second volumes of its Big Bang Comics Collection series of books, featuring the classic Knight Watchman comics stories originally published by Image Comics plus bonus features. Artists and writers featured in these stories include: Terry Beatty, Jeff Austin, Jim Brozman, Howard Bender, Randy Buccini, Joe Shannon Denton, Frank Fosco, Paul Frike, Darren Goodhart, John Livesay:, Tony Manginelli: Mike Matthew , Christopher Page, Dan Preece, Ed Quinby, Stuart Sayger, Bill Shelley, Andrew Sheppard, Bob Steve, Frank Squillace, Tim Stiles, Taylor, Ben Torres, John Thompson, Patrick Tuller, Nigel Tully, Shawn Van Briesen, Mike Worley, and Dave Zimmermann.

For more information, or to arrange an interview contact:

Bill Cunningham, MPB

Pulp 2.0 Press



Twitter: @madpulpbastard

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Art: Clayton Hinkle
Airship 27 Productions shared with All Pulp a sneak-peek of one of artist Clayton Hinkle's illustrations for TALES FROM THE HANGING MONKEY, coming in May.

Tales From The Hanging Monkey offers readers daring South Seas island adventures as delivered by some of New Pulp’s best. Join writers Bill Craig, Derrick Ferguson, Josh Reynolds, and Tommy Hancock on a grand pulp adventure.

Coming soon.

For more information on Airship 27 Productions, visit them on-line at and


Sequential Pulp shared some in-progress art from Jamie Chase for the upcoming graphic novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi adventure, AT THE EARTH'S CORE. Written by Martin Powell with art by Jamie Chase and authorized by ERB, Inc. Coming soon from Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics.

Slaves of the Sagoths being forced toward a dire fate, as recreated by artist Jamie Chase.

An art-in-progress view of the Mahars' Death Arena as visualized by Jamie Chase.

A prehistoric princess personified, "Dian the Beautiful", by artist Jamie Chase

You can learn more about Sequential Pulp Comics at
You can learn more about Dark Horse Comics at

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The Lance Star: Sky Ranger comic book, "One Shot!" by Bobby Nash and James Burns arrives on Apple’s iTunes store for immediate release at

About Lance Star: Sky Ranger "One Shot!":
November, 1941. Ace Air Adventurer Lance Star accepts a dangerous mission into an enemy stronghold to stop the Nazi’s from uncovering plans for a weapon long believed destroyed. Lance flies a solo mission to Kiev where he is to plant explosives and destroy a weapons facility when he runs into an old enemy. Now, Lance is faced with a choice. Complete the mission? Or take down the Sky Ranger’s greatest adversary?

He’s only going to get one shot at this. Will he choose the mission or revenge?

Featuring high-flying adventure, aerial dog fights, explosive action, and stunning artwork, Lance Star: Sky Ranger "One Shot!" is pure pulp fun from start to finish.

You can find Lance Star: Sky Ranger "One Shot!" at

Lance Star: Sky Ranger "One Shot!" is exactly the sort of high-flying, action-packed air war yarn I really enjoy. It's fine pulpish fun from start to finish. Bobby Nash and James Burns are aces! --James Reasoner

Clean, straight, refreshing. Really good. How do you go wrong with Nazis, dogfights, revenge, secret weapons? Check it out. --Flint Dille

New Pulp’s Table Talk - What's it Worth?

New Pulp’s Table Talk returns! This week, Barry Reese, Mike Bullock, and Bobby Nash figure out what projects to work on and is it ever okay to work for free? Find out what the guys think at

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Cover Art: Mark Wheatley
PULPED! The Official New Pulp Podcast presents: THE RUBY FILES GETS PULPED!

Host Tommy Hancock brings on a whole herd of Pulp Cats to talk about Airship 27 Productions' latest original anthology - THE RUBY FILES! Listen as Ron Fortier, Rob Davis, Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, William Patrick Maynard, Mark Wheatley, and Andrew Salmon discuss noir, hard boiledness, gumshoes, dames, and more! Learn about the creation, writing, and art behind this brand new chapter in the history of Private Eye Pulp!

You can listen to THE RUBY FILES GETS PULPED! now at

Monday, April 9, 2012


The Spider ™ Argosy Communications. Artwork © Pablo Marcos.
Martin Powell shared with All Pulp a piece of teaser art from legendary comic book illustrator, Pablo Marcos, from the upcoming story, "The City That Couldn't Sleep" starring The Spider from Moonstone Books.
For twenty-three days no one in New York City had slept.

None could explain it. No one could escape it. The sickness had infected the entire teeming metropolis. The fierce and filthy streets were haunted by mass multitudes of shambling automatons trapped in a living, waking, and endless nightmare.

THE SPIDER returns in "The City That Couldn't Sleep." Written by me with stunning interior art by Pablo Marcos. Coming from Moonstone.


One of the busiest people within the New Pulp movement is author Bobby Nash. Amongst his credits is co-creating and contributing to the new anthology from Airship 27: The Ruby Files. Bobby was nice enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to grant The Free Choice E-zine an interview.

You can read the full interview at

Visit Bobby at

Don Thomas Interviewed at The Free Choice E-zine

‎New Pulp Author Don Thomas recently gave The Free Choice E-zine an interview concerning his New Pulp novel SAVIOR.

You can read the interview in its entirety at

The Random 10 - No: 1 The Bobby Nash Interview

New Pulp Author and The Ruby Files co-creator, Bobby Nash was the first guest for the new The Random 10 interview segment at the A Bit Too Old For Comics? blog.

You can read Bobby’s Random 10 questions and answers at

New Pulp Writer Sean Taylor Interviewed.

Pulp Ark Award Winning Best New Writer Sean Taylor was interviewed at

"We talk turkey about writing bad-ass ninja chicks, working for Gene Simmons, and writing my favorite genre -- the blender amalgamation of pulp, action, and lit," Says Sean of the interview.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Dynamite responds to ERB Inc. lawsuit over John Carter, Tarzan

Originally posted at

In response to the lawsuit filed in February by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., Dynamit has filed what amounts to a blanket denial to accusations of trademark and copyright infringement and unfair competition involving its Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars comics.

ERB Inc., which holds the existing rights to the works of the author of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, claims the comics Lord of the Jungle, Warlord of Mars, Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris and Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom are likely to "deceive, mislead and confuse the public" about the source or sponsorship of the content, causing "irreparable injury" to the family-owned company. It also insists the titles were published without authorization after Dynamite Entertainment President Nick Barrucci was told that Dark Horse held the licenses for the Tarzan and John Carter of Mars books.

In its answer to the complaint, filed last week in federal court in New York City and first reported by The Beat, Dynamite points out that the Burroughs works on which the comics are based are no longer protected by U.S. copyright law. As to the trademarks, the publisher notes, "There are numerous examples of Burroughs’ novels, and other works inspired by Burroughs’ novels bearing such alleged marks or similar marks, which have been published by third parties without any reference to" ERB Inc.

"In addition, Burroughs’ public domain novel Tarzan of the Apes has been republished by numerous publishers without any attribution to plaintiff, and the basic story of a jungle-dwelling, Tarzan-like character has appeared in and film without any affiliation to plaintiff," the document states.

Dynamite, of course, asks the court to dismiss the lawsuit, which will likely be watched closely by those concerned with what’s been characterized as an effort to use a trademark to, effectively, prolong the duration of copyright.

More to come on this case.