July 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
The penultimate episode of S/L/A/S/H is now available over at slashserial.com. Check it out to see which darling gets slashed out this time…
It is with great sadness that I announce that the penultimate chapter of Slash is now available for download; in Episode Six: “Private/Eyes”, I killed off my favorite character. As soon as I publish this post, there’ll be no more chances to chicken out in revisions and let him/her escape to live in the final episode.
There’s a half-assembled pile of the physical version on my kitchen table right now; they should end up in Common Good Books and Moon Palace Books, as well as on Etsy, sometime next week (it might take me a little longer to get them up to The Source). As always, you can stay tuned to FB page or Twitter (@EvanKingston14) to know exactly when they hit the stands at your favorite shop.
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April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
Check out the all new Episode 5 and a big sale on 3 & 4 over at #slashserial !
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March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
Although it doesn’t bode well for my hopes of posting weekly essays on this blog again, I’m excited to share my new podcast with y’all. For almost a year now, Film Strip Heroes has been disseminating and discussing the latest news related to super-hero movies, TV shows, and the comics that inspire them, and due to some recent moves, Josh Wodarz, the show-runner and a friend from our MFA days, invited me to fill a co-host spot. We recorded my first episode earlier in the week, and it was even more fun than I thought it would be, talking funny-books with Josh and Robert Algeo, the other co-host. Hopefully it is fun to listen to, as well: you can find out if it is here and check out www.csicon.net for future episodes and lots of other great, geeky podcasts.
Despite all the fun, there is a bit of work involved, and adding another commitment will only make it harder for me to get back to regular posts on this blog, at least until I get the last episode of Slash all set for publication later this year. That said, I think a lot of my views on humor will come out in my views on comics.
For example, this first week, we got to talking a bit about my preference for Marvel over DC, a distinction that is lost on a lot of laymen, but one that I feel can be most easily felt by contrasting two companies’ use of humor. While there are certainly over-serious Marvel heroes (and plenty that try, but just aren’t funny), I feel they mostly capture that symbiosis between humor and drama, one feeding and sharpening the other, that I look for in stories.
Even if you’ve never read a comic, just think about the contrast between DC’s flagship hero Batman—dark, depressed, and revengeful; only cracking wise if it seems like it will make his punch more punishing—and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man—always joking, even when all seems lost; more interested in helping the little guy than exacting some sort of conservative justice—and you’ll get a sense of the different spirits driving the two universes. And if you need any further proof, consider who the biggest villain in the DC universe is, and you’ll get a sense of the esteem they hold for humor.
March 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hello again, internet. I decided to spend Valentine’s Day with my wife, saving all my love for you for this week. I hope it doesn’t reflect poorly on how much love I have for you, my darling world wide web, but I’m actually just stealing this present for you from the fine folks at Common Good Books, my local independent bookstore. Not just a great place for readers, they’re also really supportive of emerging authors—they are always the first place to get their hands on the newest episode of my serial novel, Slash, and Colin (who plays the smart-phone-dummy in the video) recently interviewed me for their blog—so maybe this post is really about how much I love my real-world book store.
In any event, it is funny and literary, so it fits with the blog—plus it provides the perfect proof that the novel is still the most sophisticated and sexiest piece of technology humanity has invented.
November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
Check out this interview I did with Colin from Common Good Books’ Blog. It is mostly about all things SLASH—self publishing, serialization, inspiration, revision, etc—but I do ruminate a bit at the end on mother in law jokes, so I thought I’d share it here, too.
Colin from Common Good Books recently sat down with me to talk about everything Slash; during the course of the interview, we discussed serialization, the future of print media and self-publishing; structure, point of view, and characterization in the novel; and my own inspiration/writing/revising process for this project. You can check out the interview here.
Common Good Books is my local independent bookstore; they have such a great space for books and such a knowledgeable and friendly staff that it was one of my favorite places in the world even before they started carrying my book. The whole staff, but my friend Colin in particular, have been such a help to this project that I wanted to make sure to give them a special shout out on this website; they are really my second-biggest boosters!
You’ll have to read the interview to see who gets the title of Slash’s
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August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
Check out the activity over at slashserial.com and across the wild, free waves of the world-wide web as we ready for the release of my first ever ebook.
With the launch of Episode One just days away, I want to invite one and all to the Facebook event I’ve created to celebrate the release. It’s bound to be the literary event of the season, and I’d love to see you there.
The Slash Serial Novel Premier Episode Online Release Party is a place for people to find out where and how to buy it—as well as why and how to read it. I’ll post links and such here (and at the Slash Serial Novel facebook group), and would love to field any comments, questions, and complaints.
The book will actually be available on the 1st, but my fiance and I are moving that day, so I’ve set the date here for the weekend, since I’ll, hopefully, have internet access by then, and will be able to party online with you all day. Since Slash is ultimately a…
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