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I was giving a talk somewhere and mentioned that I'd written comic books for Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Quite a trifecta. The audience was sufficiently interested that I thought I'd mention it here.

CAPTAIN-AMERICA: THE CHOSEN is a six-part series that was collected in book form with an afterword and my script for the first issue. Mitch Breitweiser did the illustrations. Brian Reber was the colorist. The theme is "what does it feel like to be a superhero named after the United States?"

SPIDER-MAN: FROST is a two-part comic book with 30 pages per issue--much larger than current comic books. Legendary Klaus Janson did the illustrations. Steve Buccellatto was the colorist. It's available in the collection THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PETER PARKER THE ONE AND ONLY. This volume also has an afterword in which I talk about writing the series, providing script pages and how Klaus adapted them in his illustrations. The theme is, "what does it truly mean to say that with great power comes great responsibility."

SAVAGE WOLVERINE 023 was illustrated by Jonathan Marks and colored by Jose Villarrubia. It's included in SAVAGE WOLVERINE: THE BEST THERE IS. Set in the mountains of British Columbia, the theme is, "if Wolverine had to choose, which side of his personality would he prefer: animal or human?"

I mention the colorists along with the artists because in many cases the artist delivers black-and-white illustrations. Colorists add their own special skills. In the script for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN, I gave suggestions to Brian Reber about withholding the primary colors from the early pages until Captain America finally made his appearance and his costume could be emphasized.
A comic-book author chooses the number of images per page and then describes what happens in each page, adding dialogue if necessary. Because this is a visual medium, the task is to try to use as little dialogue as possible,
If you're going to the Western Writers of America convention in Kansas City in June, please come to my talk about how to write comic books.
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In a separate FB comment, Karl Ikelman said he was reading my photography thriller DOUBLE IMAGE. The title refers to the film era when 2 images could be imposed on a single frame of film. The plot has eerily overlapping plots. In 1998, the Washington Post said that a thriller author wasn't allowed to experiment that way. Ha. Anyway, Karl wondered about the house I describe in DOUBLE IMAGE. It's a real house that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son. Silent film star Ramon Novarro owned it. It still exists and recently sold for nearly $4 million. Spectacular. Here's a link to what it looks like.
http://bigorangelandmarks.blogspot.com/2008/04/no-130-samuel-novarro-house.html

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Yesterday I interviewed my author friend K.J. Howe at Santa Fe's Collected Works about her exciting kidnap/ransom novel THE FREEDOM BROKER. We had a great visit. Here's a photo of Kimberley and me in front of the fireplace in my living room. I collect vintage photographs. The 2 on the left are actually not photos but photogravures from Camera Works (1903-1917)--Paul Strand's "Wall Street" and Stieglitz's man-on-the-street image that became the cover of THE ALIENIST. The photo above us is by Nicholas Trofimuk and shows Santa Fe's West Francisco street covered with snow, with the famous cathedral from Willa Cather's DEATH COMES TO THE ARCHBISHOP in the background. Tonight Kimberley is in San Francisco, being interview by another author friend John Lescroart. The tall object to our left might be unfamiliar to digital-age people. It's an audio speaker (the brand name is Gradient).
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If you're in the Santa Fe area, this Friday (Feb. 17 at 6 pm) I'll be at the city's great independent bookstore Collected Works for an onstage interview with K.J. HOWE about her debut novel, THE FREEDOM BROKER. It's set in the dangerous, exotic world of kidnap & ransom specialists.

I've known Kim for ages. Among other things, she's the director of ThrillerFest, the yearly conference for the International Thriller Writers organization (which I co-founded with Gayle Lynds). Over the years, Kim and I talked about her progress on the novel. Her in-depth research into the ransom world is fascinating. Onstage, she and I will discuss that research and the world of thrillers and her fascinating heroine, a rarity in what was once a male-dominated genre. Plenty to talk about. Here's a brief description of THE FREEDOM BROKER.

"There are twenty-five elite kidnap and ransom (K&R) specialists in the world. Only one is a woman: Thea Paris. And she's the best in the business. Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same. This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class K & R specialist."

Collected Works is on 202 Galisteo in Santa Fe. If you can't be there but you'd like Kim to sign THE FREEDOM BROKER for you, please call 505-988-4226. They can mail the book if necessary.
The store also has copies of my latest novel, RULER OF THE NIGHT, and the other installments in my 3-book Victorian mystery/thriller series. I'll be glad to sign copies also.

Friday, February 17, 6 p.m. This will be a fun and informative event.


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If you live in the Santa Fe NM area....With cutbacks to public-library financing, after-school children’s programs are threatened. On Thursday, Feb. 9, there’ll be a wine and hors d’oeuvres Friends of the Santa Fe Library fundraising event, “An Evening with David Morrell,” the proceeds from which will help to support those after-school reading programs.

Signed copies of my latest novel, RULER OF THE NIGHT (a Victorian mystery/thriller), will be available for those who donate $75 to the event. I’ll contribute some silent auction items, such as first-edition hardbacks of my books that feature New Mexico or Santa Fe: LAST REVEILLE (about Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM), EXTREME DENIAL (featuring many local attractions, including the opera house), THE SHIMMER (featuring Santa Fe and a fictional version of the mysterious Marfa Lights in west Texas), and THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS (featuring historic Canyon Road on Christmas Eve). There’ll also be a silent auction for first-edition hardbacks of MURDER AS A FINE ART and INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, the two Victorian mystery/thrillers that precede RULER OF THE NIGHT.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 at a gorgeous Santa Fe private home. For tickets, please contact

http://www.santafelibraryfriends.org/DavidMorrell.html 

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If you live in the Santa Fe NM area....With cutbacks to public-library financing, after-school children’s programs are threatened. My wife and I are strong supporters of the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library. On Thursday, Feb. 9, there’ll be a wine and hors d’oeuvres fundraising event, “An Evening with David Morrell,” the proceeds from which will help to support those after-school reading programs.

I’ll talk about my work. Signed copies of my latest novel, RULER OF THE NIGHT (a Victorian mystery/thriller), will be available for those who donate $75 to the event. I’ll contribute some silent auction items, such as first-edition hardbacks of my books that feature New Mexico or Santa Fe: Last Reveille (about Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM), Extreme Denial (featuring many local attractions, including the opera house), The Shimmer, and The Spy Who Came for Christmas (featuring historic Canyon Road on Christmas Eve). There’ll also be a silent auction for first-edition hardbacks of Murder As a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead, the two Victorian mystery/thrillers that precede Ruler of the Night.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 at a gorgeous Santa Fe private home. For tickets, please contact

http://www.santafelibraryfriends.org/DavidMorrell.html 

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Thankful for Mom's Legacy
Today is the second holiday of cooking nothing. Cept I think I will make something.  Not sure what.  I've been thinking of everything that's happened in the past year.  I'm now going through all my mom's sewing stuff.  Before it was just sorting out accordi...
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