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Kid Wonder

Anyone who knows me knows I kinda have a thing for Batman. Because there are Infinite Earths (see what I did there?) my love can encompass multiple interpretations of Batman on the big and small screen – from Kevin Conroy to Christian Bale, and yes, even Adam West. Arguably, the 60s television series is the least Batman-like Batman ever filmed, but I have a huge soft spot for it. The dark, brooding Batman will always be the first Batman in my heart, but… The colors! The Batuzzi (before John Travolta stole it)! Julie Newmar! Eartha Kitt! Lee Meriwether! Ceasar Romero’s white Joker make-up applied atop his giant mustache because he refused to shave it! Egghead! And, yes, even the goddamn Bat Shark Repellent! It is so deliciously, terribly bad, and it knows it, which makes it fantastic! It is unabashedly and unapologetically cheesy, and for that, I love it.


I do have a point here, I promise. When Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa put out a call for Canadian Superhero/Supervillian stories for Masked Mosaic, it gave me the push I needed to finally write the superhero story that had been rattling around in my brain for a while. Kid Wonder is, at its heart, a love letter to the 60s Batman. Captain Polar and Kid Wonder are my take on the original dynamic duo, with a current of darkness running under the surface of the cheesy (and in this case, frozen) goodness. Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories is now officially available for purchase, and is does indeed contain my tale about the ongoing adventures of Wonder and Cap. So, Adam West, my thanks to you, sir.


For those among you of the Canadian persuasion who happen to live in the Ottawa or Montreal areas, there are couple of fun events going on to celebrate this super anthology. The official launch party will take place at the Comic Book Shoppe in Ottawa on March 16 from 2-4pm. Following that Claude Lalumiere and a handful of Masked Mosaic’s authors will be attending Boreal SF in Montreal from May 3-5. They will also be taking over the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association meeting on May 26. Alas, I will not be able to attend any of these events in person, but I will certainly be there in spirit. If you’re in the area, you should go. And please say hi to the editors and my fellow authors for me while you’re there.

ETA: There’s an event in Edmonton I failed to mention. On March 20th from 5-7, Happy Harbor Comics will be hosting a Masked Mosaic event. I suggest keeping an eye on the Tyche Books website for additional announcements and information, not to mention cool behind-the-scenes information about the book that the editors will be posting over the next few weeks!

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Super Sneak Preview

Tyche Books just released a sneak preview of the cover for their upcoming anthology Masked Mosaic.

Masked Mosaic

Isn’t it wonderful? It’s everything a superhero/supervillain anthology cover should be. I’m so thrilled to have a story included in amongst these Canadian Supertales! The anthology is due out in February 2013. While you wait, you can go back to admiring the cover. That’s what I’ll be doing.

And speaking of sneak previews and gorgeous covers, Fungi from Innsmouth Free Press is currently on pre-sale for 20% off if you order by November 16th. This is another anthology I’m thrilled to be a included in. I mean, just look at the cover! Not to mention the line-up of authors! Have you ordered your copy yet? You should really should. The anthology officially releases December 1st, but if you order it now, you can brag about how you’re ahead of the trend, and snapped it up before everyone else knew it was cool.

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