Monday, December 28, 2009
It's out now in the Indy Planet Store:
Pages start Friday at Drunk Duck:
It's 2109 and an interplanetary religious war is raging between Earth, The Moon and Mars. “BC” – Bernard Campion – may appear to be a priest in the New catholic Church, but he's actually an undercover assassin for the Pope. His new assignment? Visit the city on the Moon, Lunar Prime, act as Public Relations liaison for the Cardinal there – And assassinate the Governor of Lunar Prime, Meredith McEntyre!
Vatican Assassin has enjoyed success as a novel (the first third of my “Vatican Assassin” Trilogy). Also very cool? The chapters of the audiobook (available for free at Podiobooks.com) have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times! The remastered version of the audio book went up earlier this year: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/vatican-assassin-remastered/
There are some preview pages on the Indy Planet page:
Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm proud to announce the upcoming publication of Vatican Assassin Issue #1 as artist Cristian Navarro helps me turn my book into a graphic novel! I'll be posting the link to pick up the book here soon. For now, you can see the cover over at Drunk Duck, where I'll be posting free pages every Wednesday and Saturday, after debuting page one on January 1st, 2010!
Vatican Assassin at DrunkDuck.com:
Monday, December 14, 2009
Just posted this around today:
I'm writer Mike Luoma – http://mikeluoma.com – and I'm looking for the right artist for a 16 page black and white science fiction story which will appear in an upcoming anthology from Earthbound comics. This is a portfolio builder. This is not a cash job. Instead, creators working with Earthbound get a comp and then issues at cost plus shipping to sell to make profits (akin to putting out your own book). There's more information at their site: http://earthboundcomics.com/submission. If this arrangement sounds beneficial to you, read on and see if you'd like to join my team.
As a reference, Lady Fight from Earthbound is a 2009 Project Fanboy Award Nominated title – I've got a story in the latest issue (here: http://ow.ly/vj5Z) – Now Earthbound is taking on science fiction! My new story has been approved for inclusion in their upcoming anthology. The 16-page story features the lead character from my novel “Alibi Jones” in an early adventure on the planet Cat's Eye, as he runs into an old acquaintance, a con game and, of course, trouble. The story features a few aliens, exotic locations, spacecraft and sexy people.
Need to find the right artist to make the story shine. If you are interested, please send me an email at: email@example.com. Please include information about your work and links to your material online. Looking forward to hearing from you – Mike
Monday, November 23, 2009
There's a lot going on with my books to share with you – lots to be thankful for as we head towards Thanksgiving. Also added some names to the email list, so if this is the first time you're getting one of my updates and wish to be taken off my list, please reply and let me know. Heck, if you've been getting these but are fed up, let me know and I'll take you off the list. Don't mean to annoy.
As you know, I'm still trying to make a name for myself, so any recognition that comes my way is very cool. ProjectFanboy.com gives out the Project Fanboy Awards – and a couple of group efforts I'm involved with have been nominated for this year's awards! The anthology comic book I'm writing “Souverain” for – Lady Fight: Escalation – is up for Best Black and White Title. And the web site for which I've been writing features and my column – http://www.cosmicbooknews.com – is up for two awards: Best Comic Book News Source and Best Comic Book Web Site! You can vote for this year's awards through December 31st at http://www.projectfanboy.com. I hope you'll stop over there and cast your vote. Speaking of my column, the latest one is here: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/articles/mlmakingup11. And my most recent “Cosmic Spotlight” was on Monark Starstalker, here: http://cosmicbooknews.com/articles/csmss.
ALIBI JONES continues to come out as an audio book – you can get the free chapters weekly in their “pure” form at Podiobooks.com (http://www.podiobooks.com/title/alibi-jones) and with commentary and news on my Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast. The 80th episode went up last Friday with chapters seven and eight of ALIBI JONES: http://glowinthedarkradio.podomatic.com/.
My apology – the discount code I shared with you for Lulu.com last month was not a good one. Lulu messed up. They've given me a new 10% off code for November. I double-checked it – seems to work fine, this time: GREATBOOK. You can use it to get 10% off of any book you buy at Lulu.com when you check out. My books are here: http://stores.lulu.com/mikeluoma
Actually, my books are a lot of places. My thanks go out to fellow Podiobook author and publisher Brian Rathbone. Brian not only interviewed me for an upcoming Podioracket podcast, he also got my books up on Mobipocket! The Vatican Assassin Trilogy and my new ALIBI JONES are available for reading on your phone through White Wolf Press, LLC: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/AuthorDetails.asp?authorId=117289&authorName=Michael+Luoma. ALIBI JONES has been available for the Kindle – now you can get the paperback through Amazon.com as well. Thanks to Smashwords.com, my books are available as eBooks from Barnes & Noble, too. Mark Coker of Smashwords is actively forging beneficial new partnerships – glad my eBooks are on Smashwords – you'll even find some of them there for free, with set-your-own pricing.
Finally, a couple of holiday-related items: Thanks to Podiobooks author A.P. Stephens for organizing “The Gift Of Lit” – you can find books of many genres from independent authors for holiday giving all gathered in one place – my Vatican Assassin Trilogy Omnibus Edition Hardcover is featured: http://glowinthedarkradio.blogspot.com/2009/11/gift-of-lit-holiday-2009.html. If you're looking for unique gifts, you also might want to check out my doodle-rama store. I just went through and updated the designs for T-Shirts and prints: http://www.cafepress.com/doodlerama.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving – I'm especially thankful to have friends and fans like you. Thank you for your support!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Doodlerama: Mike Luoma's Doodle Designs
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It is with great pleasure I bring forth and introduce you to The Gift of Lit, a collective effort by many of the fine authors from Podiobooks. Together, we would like to share with you our diverse works and invite you to take a look at the nice selection of books we have spent hours, days, months, or years writing.
The Gift of Lit: Holiday 2009 is now here. If you are looking for a great gift this holiday season, rather it be for a family member, friend…or for yourself, take a look at the list below and give one, some, or all of these books your consideration. There are books to suit your needs this holiday season. Here, you will find fantasy, sci-fi, crime drama, speculative fiction, techno thriller, and much more. Help support these authors and spread the joys of literature. Give spark to imagination.
Below, take a look at all of the different titles offered and follow the links to purchase your own copy for yourself or to give that special someone this holiday. Yet, no matter the time of year, The Gift of Lit will be sure to please all readers.
NIGHT’S KNIGHTS by Emerian Rich
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $13.00)
Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death. Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover. Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?
BRAVE MEN RUN by Matthew Wayne Selznick
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $8.98 new)
April 18, 1985-Into a world already wound tight with the desperate
tensions of the Cold War comes Dr. William Donner with a startling
declaration: superhumans exist, they demand autonomy, and he has the
reality-bending power to enforce their status. The traditional balance
of power is thrown askew by the addition of not one super-powered
human, but six thousand. Before the Donner Declaration, high school
sophomore Nate Charters was just an outsider and self-proclaimed
freak. His unusual appearance, hair-trigger reflexes, and overactive
metabolism should have made him something special, but his differences
and low self-esteem have long since marked him as a target for the
jocks and popular kids. Now, just as his unique nature brings him the
attention of a self-assured older girl, Nate must find his place in
the world. Why is he the way he is? What really happened to his long
dead father? Why is his biggest rival suddenly interested in a private
meeting? Is he part of a remarkable, powerful new minority… or just
a misfit among misfits? Nate must discover the answers to these
questions quickly, because those in power know more about him than he
could ever imagine. And they’re closing in…
LOST GODS by Drew Beatty
Buy it here at >> Lulu << (starts at $15.50 new)
Kweku Anansi is just another member of the African diaspora, trying to
make a place for himself in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada. He
dreams of better days, of a time when he could stop running small time
cons just to make the rent. He dreams of the life he used to live,
centuries ago when he was revered as a god.
A chance encounter with a fellow con man with a dark and secretive
past of his own, plunges them both into the dark world of the lost
gods, gods who would do anything to be worshipped again. Including
destroying the world, if necessary.
How far will Anansi go to reclaim his godhood? What will he give up to
have true power again?
THE FOX by Arlene Radasky
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $20.99 new)
The Fox by Arlene Radasky is a historical romance and fantasy novel that looks at true courage and truly selfless acts. In this epic fiction that crosses centuries, Druid healers at the beginning of recorded time will be rescued from obscurity by an archeologist of the twenty-first century. Jahna’s clan lay in the path of destruction exacted by the Romans. Her fate is sealed unless a bargain is made with the Gods, which without a doubt means a human sacrifice. Two thousand years later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. A struggling archaeologist, she is on the verge of uncovering the village where they once lived. Encouraged by a ghostly visit, she will do whatever it takes to unearth time’s mystery. Greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever, but an undying love is rekindled.
CHASING THE BARD by Philippa Ballantine
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Born into the human world with a gift; a gift that brings him to the attention of powers both dark and light from the World of the Fey, it is his burden to defend all the world. Sive, the goddess of battle, hopes that he may be able to change the fate of her people.The Fey are dying, killed by something beyond the boundaries of worlds, and Sive will do anything to save them. So she enlists the help of her trickster cousin Puck to guard the child, and watch him grow into his gift. But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created. Can one boy stop the destruction, even if he is William Shakespeare?
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $17.98)
The Dawning of Power is the debut trilogy in Brian Rathbone’s fantasy series: The World of Godsland. Echoes of the ancients power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $8.60)
The era of peace among the elves, men, and dwarves comes to an end when one of Londor’s twin moons disappears from the heavens. Without the moon’s balancing effect, evil forces grow bold, and warfare, sickness, and chaos threaten life itself.
Hearing the prayers of desperation that ride on the violent winds, the ancient wizard Randor Miithra, servant to the elf-gods, takes it upon himself to mend the world he has sworn to protect. The task will not be an easy one, though, for the wizard, too, has begun to feel the effects of the world’s imbalance. As Randor struggles to maintain some semblance of his powers, he meets a secretive band of colorful characters from all walks of life, drawn together by a common goal: to find the stolen moon, whatever the cost. It does not take Randor and his motley company long to see that someone or something does not want the moon returned to the heavens.
The road is perilous…the stakes have never been greater…will they find victory…or will they only find their deaths?
THE VATICAN ASSASSIN TRILOGY by Mike Luoma
Buy it here at >> Lulu << (starts as low as $35.99)
This three in one omnibus edition collects all three novels in the “Vatican Assassin” Trilogy under one cover. “Vatican Assassin”, “Vatican Ambassador” and “Vatican Abdicator” are joined in this volume by an extensive appendix of previously unreleased background material. There are some early concept sketches by Mike Luoma, as well as “The History of The Future”: a timeline developed to extrapolate from today into the future setting for the story; “The Original Story Outline”; “The Story of The Project”; “The Alien Timeline” and more.
THE PIRATES OF SUFIRO by David Lee Summers
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $14.95)
The Pirates of Sufiro is the story of a planet and its people — of Ellison Firebrandt the pirate captain living in exile; of Espedie Raton, the con-man looking to make a fresh start for himself and his wife on a new world; of Peter Stone, the ruthless bank executive who discovers a fortune and will do anything to keep it; and of the lawman, Edmund Ray Swan who travels to Sufiro seeking the quiet life but finds a dark secret. It is the story of privateers, farmers, miners, entrepreneurs, and soldiers — all caught up in dramatic events and violent conflicts that will shape the destiny of our galaxy.
JACK WAKES UP by Seth Harwood
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $7.68)
In JACK WAKES UP, we are introduced to Jack Palms, a movie star turned drug addict, turned has-been who has been living off of the residual checks from Shake ‘Em Down, his one–and-only action movie. The money is drying up though, and this new clean, uneventful life is starting to become too much for Jack to bear. So when an old friend comes calling and asks Jack to use his former celebrity to show some out-of-town high rollers around San Francisco’s club scene, he’s happy to oblige. What Jack doesn’t know, however, is these “guests” are a pack of former KGB agents turned coke dealers out to make a big deal with Jack as their tour guide. Soon people are turning up dead, and Jack’s got too many gunmen after him to count—including a South American drug cartel, a mountain-sized Samoan enforcer, and a mobbed-up strip club owner with an army of thugs. That’s not to mention a gorgeous new girlfriend who may be planning on shooting him in the back and the homicide cop who’s just given Jack twenty-four hours to bring down the Bay Area’s biggest drug dealer.
But the thing that scares Jack the most? He’s starting to have fun.
CITY OF MASKS by Mike Reeves-McMillan
Buy it here at >> Lulu << (starts as low as $9.97)
In the city-state of Bonvidaeo, by custom and law everyone must wear a mask and act in character with it, or face civil, social and religious penalties. Gregorius Bass is sent to Bonvidaeo as the Envoy of Calaria (primarily to get him out from underfoot). Masked as the Innocent Man, and in the company of his radical young Bonvidaoan servant, Bass stumbles into mystery, intrigue, heresy and murder.
7TH SON: DESCENT by J.C. Hutchins
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As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were not born, but grown — unwitting human clones — as part of a project called 7th Son.
The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president’s murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear John Alpha may know the seven better than they know themselves…
DREAMING OF DELIVERANCE by R.E. Chambliss
Buy it here at >> Amazon << (starts as low as $19.99)
Five years ago when Lindsay Paulson, a naive college student and talented distance runner, was 18, she was convicted of drug smuggling. Now, halfway through a 10-year prison sentence, she begins having what seem to be dreams, in which she leaves her cell in the night and visits another reality called Trae. Dreaming of Deliverance tells of Lindsay’s experiences both in Trae, where she finds herself among people enslaved by terrifying creatures, and in prison where she tries to make sense of what’s happening in her sleep: Is she actually escaping from prison somehow or is she losing her mind?
FANTASY FICTION HISTORICAL
THE MARK OF A DRUID by Rhonda R. Carpenter
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Have you ever had a dream so real that when you awoke, it didn’t leave the recesses of your mind for days? Eve McCormick just did, and this experience will change her life and the lives of those around her permanently. A twenty-six year old hypnotherapist who oversees a research project based on discovering the answer to an age-old question, “Is reincarnation fact or fiction?” must learn to trust a Welsh stranger. An ancient Celtic prophecy and long sought-after revenge entangles the past with the present in the struggle for existence that threatens to destroy her project. A druidess and a shape-shifter must join as one to save the Druid way of life, while a Queen conspires to kill Erin’s only High King. Will the oaths and agendas of the past reach across the centuries to strengthen or destroy?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
There's also preview art from my upcoming comics - including the graphic novel adaptation of VATICAN ASSASSIN!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Cristian Navarro is doing the artwork. He sent me the first three pages and I lettered them today. It's taking a long time to do each page. Hoping it gets quicker as I get used to my tools. Let me know what you think...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I've hand-lettered my stuff, but never used a program to do it.
I tried to add text using the image manipulation programs I've been using, Photfiltre and GIMP, but neither really had the functionality needed to do a satisfactory job - not in any kind of timely fashion.
Juan Carlos Quattordio, the artist on my Panthea Obscura, is working on the lettering for our new comic, Everybody Lies. He's not an experienced letterer, but is doing his best. I am very critical, though, and I know he's just barely putting up with my critiques!
As I sent off my latest list of critiques, I realized I had to do it - had to learn lettering. I know how it SHOULD look, and JC's been cool about my feedback... but I didn't have a graphics program that would let me get it looking the way I knew it needed to look.
In the intervening years since I last tried lettering, new graphic freeware had been released. I discovered INKSCAPE! There are several tutorials out there on how to use it. I'm impressed, so far. It's like a free version of Illustrator, they tell me.
Spent today learning the basics I'll need for lettering. I lettered these two pages today. Took me a while! Think the time will be reduced as I learn what I'm doing! Check out the pages, let me know what you think. I'd love to get critiques from working letterers. I've got a long way to go, but it's a start:
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The clouds of billowing dust
Coated the running escaping.
Many were killed in the blasts,
Innocents used by Bin Laden.
Better, then, covered in dust,
Then lost in the ruins of the breaking.
After the vicious attacks
By the cowardly demon Bin Laden,
All of them, covered in dust,
Coughing, and choking, and shaking…
Today we all are gray.
The dust took the color away.
No black, no white – the same.
We are gray today – the same.
When the terrorists hit,
Did they give a shit
About colors, race or creed?
We’re all gray… and red we bleed.
Monday, August 31, 2009
The first part of my spotlight article is up today:
Part two is here: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/articles/csawm_2.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"Introducing... RED HOT!"
with killer art & letters from my creative partner Rhys ap Gwyn. Red Hot is a young super-powered hero trying to prove himself.
You can read our eight page preview issue free online:
"Introducing... RED HOT!" is a three issue miniseries. The Preview Issue is the first eight pages of Issue One "Proof".
Rhys and I are putting out this preview to see if there's any interest in the character and the story... and judging by the page views and the feedback we've seen so far, there certainly is - Thanks for your Tweets and comments! The plan is to release the books through my Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics, though we may be going with a larger independent publisher. Can't say more about that just yet. If you get a chance to read the preview, be sure to stop back here and let me know what you think!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The corporation as an entity is supposed to practice risk management as an accepted best practice, though we did not seen investment banks reign in their own risks. Risk management does not seem to be practiced horizontally by corporations, but rather vertically, being dictated from the top down. This is backwards, of course, as the monetary savings gained through risk management applied at the lowest level in the corporation is small when compared to what could be saved by applying true risk management to upper level exchanges. The exception to this is in the health insurance industry, where extreme risk management at the lowest levels has proved highly profitable to health care industry executives.
Risk Management is killing our culture. Corporate risk management is killing the radio & record industries. Worse it's created the health care mess. When corporations try to monetize art, art pays the price. When corps decided to monetize health, the sick paid the price. People are risky. It's not that health insurance is evil, rather that the business model should not be applied to people and their health - it's immoral.
The Corporations' thought that risk costs money leads to attempts to minimize risk and maximize return. Problem is, this model fails with businesses based on successful risk like music. More basically? Corporations are experts at killing the Geese that Lay the Golden Eggs... One of the reasons corporations are so afraid of social media is the element of risk. Risk management may prevent Corps from embracing SM.
Upside Down Corporate Risk Management is hurting our society and is societally at the root of the health care crisis, the economic crash, and culturally at the root of the stagnation of the radio and music industries. It will also get in the way of Corporations adopting Social Media in a meaningful way. The real irony lies in the fact that these corporations are not applying the same degree of risk management to their executive moves, executive compensation and high-level financial transactions. "Do as I say, not as I do," seems to be the modus operandi of the current corporate elite.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
You can check out a new free page from the eight page preview of "Introducing... RED HOT!" my new comic with artist Rhys ap Gwynn: http://www.drunkduck.com/Introducing_RED_HOT/
And my column on creating comics returns today, too! The eighth installment of "Mike Luoma's Making It Up!" is up over at Cosmic Book News:
If you read the column or check out the comic, be sure to send me an email and let me know what you think!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Check it out here:
Created and written by Mike Luoma, Art by Rhys ap Gwynn
How do you prove you're a hero?
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Got a couple of big announcements that I wanted to share with you...
First: VATICAN ASSASSIN - REMASTERED
This Friday, July 31st, I'm releasing a new, remastered edition of my FREE Vatican Assassin Audiobook, offered FREE through Podiobooks.com!
Why a remastered version? Well...
Back in September of 2006, I began podcasting "Vatican Assassin" as part of my "Glow-in-the-Dark Radio" Podcast. Learning about digital audio and podcasting as I went along, the recordings were good, but in retrospect could have been better. In a misguided attempt at "tightening" the audio was also severely edited throughout the book. These recordings turned into "Vatican Assassin" on Podiobooks in 2007, and they've been downloaded over 106,000 times now. But when I finished the third book in my trilogy "Vatican Abdicator" earlier this year, and as I began to go through my files for upcoming downloadable audiobooks coming from Podiobooks (more info on that later), it became clear I'd learned a lot in the intervening three years since I'd recorded "Vatican Assassin" - it was time for a new edition!
I rerecorded the first ten chapters of the book - coming from a radio advertising background where you try to fit as much as you can into 30 seconds, my early reads were just too fast. The rest of the reads were fine, but the editing reflected my commercial background as well, there was no breathing room, no spaces! So I went back to the original source files for the rest of the book and re-edited them, restoring and/or adding "breathing room" to the reads. My noise reduction techniques have also improved over the years, so the entire book has been redone with improved (less harsh, more accurate) noise reduction as well.
If you haven't read or listened to Vatican Assassin, it's a science fiction adventure set in 2109. Bernard Campion (aka “BC”) is an assassin for the Pope of the New catholic Church – he struggles with his work's inherent contradictions while trying to take care of “business” during an out of control interplanetary religious war!
“Vatican Assassin” is available as a free downloadable audiobook through Podiobooks.com. What is a Podiobook? As described on the Podiobooks.com website, “The term podiobook was coined by (site co-founder) Evo Terra to describe serialized audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. Listeners to Podiobooks.com can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from this site. Some listeners keep the audio files on their computers, some transfer the book to CD, but most transfer the file on to their MP3 player so they can listen no matter where they are.” Podiobooks.com will soon be offering their audiobooks in traditional downloadable forms as well.
One other note: The Vatican Assassin Trilogy is now available in ebook form at Smashwords.com – choose your own price, or get the books FREE!
Second: “INTRODUCING... RED HOT!” PREVIEW ISSUE OUT NOW!
My adventures in comic book creation continue, as Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics proudly presents “Introducing... RED HOT!” in a special eight page preview issue. I've written a three issue miniseries that details the rise of young RED HOT, a new super powered hero for a new time! Artist and letterer Rhys ap Gwyn provides the stunning visuals – Rhys is quite a find as an artist, as you'll see if you head on over to the FREE webcomic at http://www.drunkduck.com/introducing_red_hot. We're posting a page or two each week through August as we unveil this special eight page preview issue. We also have the issue for sale for $1.99 through Indy Planet. If you'd like to get your own copy, you can pick one up here: http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2464 Why put out an eight page preview? While we can publish the series ourselves through Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics, Rhys and I are hoping we can get a larger publisher to pick up the book to give us better visibility and distribution. We'll use this preview issue as a pitch to shop the project around and see what happens. Interested publishers can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thought I'd throw that in in case you know anyone who might be an interested publisher, heh.
Third: DOODLERAMA: A Doodle A Day By Mike Luoma
Also over at Drunk Duck, you'll find my new “webcomic” Doodlerama. Not a sequential comic, Doodlerama is instead a Doodle-A-Day – every weekday you get a new doodle from out of my sketchbooks. Head on over to http://www.drunkduck.com/Doodlerama/ for today's doodle, and hit the back key to check out any of the past doodles posted.
Fourth: ALIBI JONES!
I'm heading into the home stretch with my fourth and latest novel Alibi Jones. The title character, Alibi, is the son of BC, so the new book is a sequel of sorts to the Vatican Assassin Trilogy. It's twenty-three years later and Alibi Jones works as a mediator for the Solar Alliance Interplanetary Forces Mediation Service – the successor to BC's “Office of Papal Operations”, the OPO. If you enjoyed the trilogy, I think you'll get into this new one – I'm getting some great feedback from my advance readers! I'm waiting on the return of those advance copies. Once I get them back in my hands, there will be maybe one more rewrite and then the book will be on its way to you. I'm hoping to get the actual book out and to start offering the audiobook through Podiobooks.com this fall.
There are a couple of other projects in the works. I'm collaborating once again with Juan Carlos Quattordio, the artist on Panthea Obscura, on an entirely different project. Everybody Lies is a comic book for adults, a drama about the lies people tell every day – except this time the lies spiral out of control for our lead characters. Juan Carlos is illustrating this one in black and white, and is working out some new ideas in his artwork that make the book pretty darn compelling. Can't wait to show you more as we get closer to publication!
I'm working with artist Scott Bradley on another unusual comic book project. “STRIKE OUT!” is a three issue Romantic Comedy about a washed out minor league ballplayer – Grizzly Yakamoto – trying to get his life together after a knee injury knocks him out of the game. Still in its early stages, this comic book slice-of-life series should be a breath of fresh air for the comic book industry. It's a different use of the graphic medium than the usual capes and tights. Scott tells me it feels similar to Terry Moore's Strangers In Paradise, but I must confess I haven't read that series.
I'm also working with a third artist on my Horror project, The Gnostic. This project is weird – the first two artists both ended up suffering (hopefully unrelated) mental breakdowns while working on the project. The third artist started working on pages only to have a pinched nerve curtail his drawing for weeks. There may be actual supernatural forces conspiring to keep this one from ever seeing the light of day! Crazy. But hopefully I'll have something more to tell you about it next time around.
That's it for this time – more than enough, really! Hope you'll have a chance to check out VATICAN ASSASSIN – REMASTERED when it comes out this Friday. Be sure to stop over to Drunk Duck to take a look at RED HOT! And DOODLERAMA, too. And I'd love to hear from you! Please email back and let me know what you think.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
A New Comic Book Hero For A New Time - Get it while it's RED HOT!
Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics, Creator and Writer Mike Luoma and Artist Rhys ap Gwyn are proud to present the debut of a super powered hero for the twenty-first century, with the release of the special eight page preview of the first issue of "Introducing RED HOT!"
"Introducing... RED HOT! #0"
Young super-powered hero Red Hot is trying to prove he's capable of following in his super-powered father's footsteps... But instead finds he must prove he's innocent of robbery and murder!
This Special Eight Page Preview Edition of Issue One of Three is available now for just $1.99 at Indy Planet:
Read the first three pages online FREE:
"Introducing... RED HOT! #0"
Special Eight-Page Preview Edition of Issue One
Published by Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics
Created and Written by Mike Luoma
Art and Letters by Rhys ap Gwyn
Find out more at http://glowinthedarkradio.com
email Mike Luoma for more information at email@example.com
Copyright 2009 by Michael Luoma and Rhys ap Gwyn
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Just a reminder that you can get 10% off my books at Lulu.com through the end of the month. Just got to my store: http://stores.lulu.com/mikeluoma. Click on any title, add them to your cart, and then, when you are checking out, use the code JUNECONTEST10. Lulu will take 10% off of your order! But this special offer ends on June 30th.
I'm 2/3rds way through writing the romantic comedy, with an artist just starting to work on that.
May be ready to unveil the Super hero project soon...
Also writing some scripts for some shorts for Earthbound comics, using one of their characters, for one of their anthology titles. I've found it incredibly freeing to write this character, talk about flowing! I've come up with three six page short stories for them, just finishing up the third one.
Wrote a comic book review today for Marvel's "War of Kings: Ascension" issue #3. I'm really enjoying this miniseries! This third issue really surprised me in its depth. I had a chance to review it for Cosmic Book News. If you'd like to check it out, it's here:
And Alibi Jones is now in the hands of my proof reader friends! Can't wait to find out what they think, and get their corrections. Getting there...
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
But I am sure the book is done. First in a new series! Alibi Jones, the title character, is the son of Bernard Campion, BC from the Vatican Assassin Trilogy. It's twenty-three years after the events of the first three books. The Solar Alliance is spreading out amongst the stars. Alibi is in the Mediator Corps, which sees him negotiating interstellar trade deals between races. An old friend disappears and Alibi goes looking for her... but all he finds is trouble!
I'm having too much fun playing in this universe. I think it's safe to say you can expect this to be the start of a new series!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Lulu is conducting monthly "sales contests" where the authors who sell the most books win cash prizes. Blatantly trying to drive traffic to Lulu.com, of course! What the heck - Didn't cost anything, so I signed up for June's contest. I received the email with news of the 10% discount this morning. All of a sudden the contest seemed worth entering.
My books at Lulu can all be found on this page, my Lulu "storefront": http://stores.lulu.com/mikeluoma
I was surprised enough by the discount that I wanted to share!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Put a new book out this week - Panthea Obscura: Deifornication, the Graphic Novel! Also uploaded my books to a site my fellow Podiobook.com authors & someone on GoodReads.com tipped me off to called Smashwords. Makes my work easily downloadable as eBooks in a variety of formats. Panthea Obscura: Deifornication also finished up on the web this week. Details follow...
Panthea Obscura: Deifornication is COMPLETE! Read All 4 Issues for free on the web... Or pick up the new Graphic Novel. The Panthea Obscura: Deifornication Graphic Novel is on sale for $15.99 at Indy Planet: http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2219
Vermont writer Mike Luoma and Argentine artist Juan Carlos Quattordio proudly announce the release of their new Graphic Novel! The international collaborators have been releasing the individual issues of their comic book miniseries "Panthea Obscura: Deifornication" since 2007. The four issues are now collected under one cover, as Panthea Obscura: Deifornication is released by Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics on Wednesday May 27, 2009.
This full color, 88 page, standard sized trade paperback is available through Indy Planet, with a beautiful new cover by Juan Carlos Quattordio done exclusively for this collection!
Panthea Obscura: Deifornication is up and free to read at http://www.drunkduck.com/panthea_obscura/!
In case you don't know the story: Beings that inspired the tales of the "gods" in ancient times actually existed, but they made humankind forget about them two thousand years ago. They blended into the human population and disappeared. Now The Deep thinks it's time humankind remembered, but Mother is afraid that will set their brother Troy, The Destroyer free to possess and manipulate human beings. The Deep calls for a vote among the "gods"! What will they decide?
Steven Grant of Comic Book Resources says "Panthea Obscura" "...reminds me of some of the better independent comics published in the late '70s..."
More information at http://glowinthedarkradio.com
And I was tipped off to a great site for ebooks: Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com
As a writer, I upload my books to Smashwords and their software, known affectionately as the "Meatgrinder", takes the original document and converts it into several different formats. Smashwords then makes the ebooks available for sale using PayPal. As the author, I can set a price for my book, allow the reader to pay what they feel like, or offer it for free. As Smashwords says on their website, they offer "...multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device."
Decided to try it out! I've uploaded all three books in the "Vatican Assassin Trilogy": Vatican Assassin, Vatican Ambassador and Vatican Abdicator, as well as my collection of poems, lyrics and spells, Synthetic Marmalade, and my book on Gnosticism and early Christianity, NEO-GNOSIS. I've set all five books to allow the reader to pay whatever they like for them. You'll find them here at my Smashwords profile page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mikeluoma .
There's also a link on my site, so you can just head over to http://glowinthedarkradio.com and go from there if you like.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Chris Claremont provided his insights for the second installment. Did you know that he, John Byrne and Terry Austin did their "Star-Lord" story as a warm-up for their legendary run on "Uncanny X-Men"? I didn't, until he revealed that in our interview! Part two with Claremont is here: http://www/cosmicbooknews.com/articles/starlord_part_2
Steve Englehart created the character. He was kind enough to look back on Star-Lord's origin with me for the first installment: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/articles/starlordcs
Really enjoyed looking back at a very cool character!
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Panthea Obscura #4 is finally available in PRINT! The comic has been, and continues to be available online at http://www.drunkduck.com/panthea_obscura – but now you can get your hands on the hard copy: http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2129 Issue Four is available through Indy Planet for $3.99, and will soon be on sale at Earth Prime Comics in Burlington, Vermont. Comic Book Resources columnist Steven Grant said Panthea Obscura “...reminds me of some of the better independent comics published in the late 70's...” Click on the link above to pick up a copy today, or just head over to http://glowinthedarkradio.com for links to all my books, free downloads and free audiobooks.
Speaking of Panthea Obscura, congratulations to Jason Buddenhagen who won my Panthea Obscura contest over at Cosmic Book News (http://www.cosmicbooknews.com)! He correctly identified the “god-name” of Kyle Dogg - “Fear-Eater”! He's won the autographed Special Edition of Panthea Obscura #2 that I put together for 2PiCon in 2007.
I've just put together a magazine, too – Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Magazine! Issue One is on sale now over at http://glowinthedarkradio.com. My hope is to expand the number of contributors and advertisers to increase the variety of the offerings inside and to reduce the cover price of the magazine as time goes on. For now, it serves as a $5 sampler of my work (99 cent download!). The magazine is loaded with my writing and illustrations. It even includes a grayscale version of the first issue of Panthea Obscura. The first two chapters of Vatican Assassin are in it as well. The first five of my Mike Luoma's Making It Up! Columns from Cosmic Book News have been synthesized down into one long piece on the making of “Holy Shit” and “Panthea Obscura #1”, and I've also included “Holy Shit: The Second Coming!” a short comic sequel to my “Holy Shit: Or... Pat Robertson Is The Anti-Christ”. It's all just five dollars or ninety-nine cents to download and it's on sale now, links at http://glowinthedarkradio.com.
That's what's happening!
Saturday, May 02, 2009
ISSUE THREE: http://glowinthedarkradio.com/PantheaThree.pdf
Steven Grant of Comic Book Resources says PANTHEA OBSCURA "...reminds me of some of the better independent comics published in the late '70s... "
PANTHEA OBSCURA is also appearing online, with new pages every Wednesday and Saturday. Issue Four's Page Fifteen is new today! You can read the first three issues here, too:
And you can enter to win a free book – today's the last day of my big contest! Enter to win a RARE edition of PANTHEA OBSCURA #2! Details are in my column at Cosmic Book News:
This special PREVIEW edition of Panthea Obscura Issue Two was put together for my appearance at 2Pi-Con in 2007. The first half of the issue is completely finished and lettered, with the second half showing the work in progress – some pages are colored but without letters, some pages are inked, some are half inks and pencils, the last page is just the rough pencils. Only five of these issues were ever printed. I'll sign this one to the winner to make it a one-of-a-kind rarity!
Happy Free Comic Book Day!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"For the last year, Mike Luoma's been online publishing his strip PANTHEA OBSCURA, and currently beginning the fourth "issue." The premise – what the relationship is of ancient gods still walking the earth and a civilization that no longer acknowledges their existence, and currently facing the consequences of their own actions as they try to win some acknowledgement back – has gotten a bit well-trod over the past few years (Neil Gaiman has probably poisoned that well as much as anybody) but Luoma has done a pretty decent job of it nonetheless. Though the latest installment's taking on aspects of THE MIGHTY THOR, and that might not be a good direction. The art's okay, drastically improved by flashy coloring (I'm starting to wonder if too many strips aren't banking too much on computer screen luminosity for effect; then again, that's the medium...) but Luoma's writing is entertaining enough to gloss over it. This reminds me of some of the better independent comics published in the late '70s..."
How cool is that!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Got a Kindle? You can get each of my books for just 99 cents each for the Amazon Kindle!
Including the newest addition, available just today - "Holy Shit: Or... Pat Robertson Is The Anti-Christ!" Thanks to improved graphic capability, you can read my black and white comic book/graphic thingy on your new Kindle 2 reader... for just 99 cents!
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Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)
Get "Holy Shit: Or... Pat Robertson Is The Anti-Christ" for your Kindle here:
Holy Shit: Or... Pat Robertson Is The Anti-Christ
Get Vatican Assassin for your Kindle here:
Vatican Assassin (Vatican Assassin Trilogy)
Get Vatican Ambassador for your Kindle here:
Vatican Ambassador (Vatican Assassin Trilogy)
Get Vatican Abdicator for your Kindle here:
Vatican Abdicator (Vatican Assassin Trilogy)
Get Synthetic Marmalade for your Kindle here:
Get Neo-Gnosis for your Kindle here:
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I liked it! Brilliant movie.
I've been writing a lot for Cosmic Book News this week. There was also my appreciation of Nova #1 from 1994 for the site's Nova/Quasar Month:
And a Review of R.E.B.E.L.S. #1:
Plus my column "Mike Luoma's Making It Up!" continues. I did a massive fourth installment. Working on the fifth right now!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Hello from Mike Luoma!
Please excuse this mass mailing. You're getting this because you've either emailed me or been a friend of mine through the years. Either way, if this sort of “what I've been up to” email isn't to your taste, please let me know and I will take your name off of my rudimentary email list. I'm doing this by hand, so please let me know if you don't want to receive emails. On the other hand, if you know of other people who would like to get this kind of info, please forward this to them. If you've received this as a forward, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be on the list. Thanks!
In case you haven't heard, I've got a new column I'm writing for the “cosmic” comic book site CosmicBookNews.com (http://www.cosmicbooknews.com) where I'm detailing the creation of my comic book series Panthea Obscura. The fourth issue of Panthea Obscura is almost finished! If you need to catch up on the first three issues, you can do that for FREE a couple of ways. You can download the issues as pdf files from my site, http://glowinthedarkradio.com. If you're not into downloading, you can read them online at DrunkDuck.com. Just head over to http://www.drunkduck.com/Panthea_Obscura.com and go back to the beginning.
I've also hooked up with a new printer for the comic books – Ka-Blam.com! They know comics, they do comics well, and I can sell my books through their site IndyPlanet.com. Best of all, my comic books cost A THIRD of what they were costing at lulu.com! You can get issue one for $3.99, issues two and three for $2.99 each – very competitive! Follow the links from my site http://glowinthedarkradio.com to pick up the books on Indy Planet.
The Vatican Abdicator audiobook is DONE! I just uploaded the final recording this past weekend. This means you can now listen to the entire Vatican Assassin Trilogy for FREE! The last four episodes of Vatican Abdicator cover the trilogy's appendix, the background material for the story. All three books are available on Itunes for free download, or you can go directly to the books sites at Podiobooks.com to listen:
If you'd like to pick up the books themselves, head on over to http//glowinthedarkradio.com and follow the links. You'll find a new 3-in-1 Omnibus Special Edition Hardcover of the entire Vatican Assassin Trilogy – all three books under one cover, plus the Appendix! Here's a direct link to the new collected edition: http://www.lulu.com/content/5097584
And... I've also created a stand alone paperback edition of the Appendix, in case you already have the paperback books and don't want to buy the same thing twice. Seemed like the right thing to do. Might also be good background material if you've listened to the series. Just $9.99 for the trade paperback or 99 cents for the download: http://www.lulu.com/content/6106627
All of my books are available through my site http://glowinthedarkradio.com. Most are available through Amazon.Com as well.
On a sad note, I'm no longer working for The Point on the radio in Vermont. We'll see what the next chapter brings...
That's it for this time! Drop me an email if you feel like. Please forward this email to any friends who might be into science fiction and comic books. And again, please let me know if this annoys you and you want off the list. Thanks!
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Now the folks that brought us Ka-Blam.com and IndyPlanet.com have announced Print-On-Demand Distribution to Direct Market retailers: ComicsMonkey.com was just rolled out today!
Ka-Blam's Comics Monkey could create a new distribution network to, in effect, replace the smaller scale distribution Diamond is abandoning! They've hinted at something in the works for a while now. They stepped up their hints last week, and have now revealed Comics Monkey POD distribution.
Ka-Blam.com is the print-on-demand site. IndyPlanet.com is their on-line store, and now ComicsMonkey.com will be their distribution/retailer hub. All that's there now is the blog entry describing what they're attempting to do, and what numbers they're anticipating for retailer profit and publisher percentage (sort of the "royalty" payment):
I'm very excited! I've got my books up on IndyPlanet.com right now (Panthea Obscura Issue One, Issue Two and Issue Three) and if they can pull this off, it will give me distribution into local comic shops everywhere... if they order the book. It at the very least makes the books available to retailers who might sell them.
Here's an interesting article from TIME magazine over how publishing is changing:
And another article from TIME on how the very way I've been promoting my book through making it available as a Free, Downloadable Audiobook Podcast through Podiobooks.com just might be part of the future of publishing:
Explore more at http://podiobooks.com