Saturday, February 25, 2012

Back To Fortune Station...

The adventures of BC - the Vatican Assassin - continue on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! 

BC is trying to travel from Wentworth Station back to Lunar Prime, but his trip to the Moon is interrupted by a UIN attack. Drex is piloting their small transport ship in to Fortune Station to try to get them out of the line of fire. What will BC find inside when he returns to Fortune Station? Last time he left there they were calling him the "New Light"...

There's also a little news and a promo for my new free audiobook The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Storiesat More about everything at

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Looking for An Artist for Alibi Jones #2

Are you an artist? Would you like to join the world of Alibi Jones? We're putting together the 2nd issue of The Adventures of Alibi Jones for Earthbound Comics. Issue one was pretty well received - here are a couple of reviews:

Lead artist Meisha from issue one has committed to a short story for #2, but time constraints prevent him from taking on the main feature of the book. I need to find a new artist to step in for the 21 - page story Alibi Jones: Vacation - Alibi and his girlfriend Katie head to the planet Paradise, but instead of finding R&R the discover a coup going down! It's science fiction, but most of the action takes place planetside. There's lots of people running around with guns...

Intrigued? Maybe we can work together.

You can see Meisha's interpretation of the character at to give you some idea of where we're starting from. While book one was black and white, book two will be in color. I'd love to find an artist who can deliver colored pages. I'd like to be thinner and younger, too... can't always get what you want, Jagger said. So I'm open to pencilers and penciler/inkers, too.

Earthbound Comics is a small company headed by Ben Ferrari. I've been the production manager for just over a year. For compensation Earthbound usually provides a print comp to each member of the creative team and copies at cost to sell on your own. Because I'm doing the production work gratis, Ben also gives me and my teams a percentage of back end profits on our books. As my collaborator on this story, I'll cut you in on a percentage of story ownership and profit depending on your level of contribution. As I'm the writer, the letterer and production guy in one, that pie doesn't get sliced too thin. Which is good, the pies have been small - but they're growing.

Putting that all out here because I like to be transparent about all this. If it sounds workable to you, please get in touch with me - Mike Luoma - at glowinthedarkradio (-at-) gmail (-dot-) com.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Theology And Politics

This has been bothering me: 'At a campaign appearance here on Saturday morning, Mr. Santorum described the “president’s agenda” as being “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your job... It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology. But no less a theology,” Mr. Santorum said (Santorum Calls Obama's 'Agenda' About 'Some Phony Theology' -'.

Now, first of all... back in the day, the founders held those truths to be "self-evident" because they wanted to detach public morality from religion. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution both build on a secular, humanistic moral code - thus self-evident. There's no denying the Judeo-Christian moral code colors much of that secular morality, but there was a deliberate attempt to ground the code in our simple humanity, to make it more permanent, and less easily dismissed as "religion".

That said? Rick Santorum needs to brush up on his theology. Because there's nothing Christian about his agenda. As he's brought it up, what would an agenda based on Christianity look like?

Health Care: Jesus taught that we should take care of the sick - and when his followers asked whom they should do this for the question surprised him. The answer was simple - everyone. Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do to me, he told them. They had to keep asking - who is my brother? Everyone. Here's Matthew 25: 41 - 46:

41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not [e]take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

If you're basing public policy on the teaching of Jesus, then Universal Public Health Care is the moral, Christian approach. Yet Santorum says the state cannot do this - argues the state should not be involved in providing care or making health care decisions. Well, with a few exceptions - Santorum favors the state's involvement in health care decision making in the realm of women's reproductive health. Quite inconsistent. It is fine to oppose Universal Public Health Care - I can understand not believing that the government should play that role. But Santorum needs to understand that opposing it is an anti-Christian belief. If you're suggesting public policy should be based on Christian Theology.

Welfare: See above. Unemployment Benefits: See above.

Defense: Then we run into foreign policy, law enforcement... any authoritarian exertion of power, really. It's all hard to justify with Christian Theology. Jesus taught "Love your enemy" and "turn the other cheek" and "if someone takes your coat, offer him your shirt, too" - and if you have any question about how far he meant us to take this pacificism, we have his example - you love your enemies even as they crucify and kill you. Any rationalization for defiance and retaliation, any claim of "just war" fails in the shadow of the crucifix. You cannot have a National Defense based on Christian Theology - not unless you're ready to melt the guns, open the borders, and turn the other national cheek. Not viable, I'm afraid.

So... be careful about suggesting that the US Agenda should be based on Christian theology. Certainly, we can each be personally informed by our faith. But just as we as modern individuals respond to different aspects of our faith, following some aspects, ignoring others, we should thank the founders for having the wisdom to detach our national, public morality from a religious structure to give it a similar flexibility. On the flipside of that, we should rebuke any who suggest abandoning the wise, secular morality of our founders.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

All New Audio - VATICAN ASSASSIN Continues!

The science fiction adventures of BC - Bernard Campion - the Vatican Assassin - continue on this week's episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! BC and his former flame Fiza find their way aboard Wentworth Station, home to one of the wealthiest men alive. Will Richard Wentworth help Fiza deal with the UTZ authorities, as she seems to think? Will they even make it off the station? Maybe - maybe not! Listen to the podcast and find out! It's a brand-new reading of chapters twenty-six and twenty-seven, exclusive to this podcast.

In other news - there are new covers for each book in the VATICAN ASSASSIN Trilogy! Check them out on the homepage or at! And my new book Introducing... Red Hot! #1 is out this month fromEarthbound Comics! More at More info on everything at

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Fresh New Re-edited & Remastered Chapter of VATICAN ASSASSIN!

MORE Sex, Politics and Religion! BC's old girlfried FIZA has arrived on the scene and is stirring up TROUBLE... The adventures of BC - Bernard Campion - assassin for the pope of the New catholic Church in 2109 - continue. Listen to chapter twenty-five of the science fiction adventure Vatican Assassin on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio
While still an original recording, I went a little crazy and re-edited and remastered the audio for this chapter exclusively for this podcast episode, giving a greater breadth and space to the recording, and also sweetening some of the audio just a touch. It still rolls a bit fast, but this is an all-new presentation - enjoy! 

In the news - my new book "Introducing... Red Hot!" is the Pick of the Week at! With stunning art by Rhys ap Gwyn, it's getting great reviews - I'll share some with you on the podcast. I read Grant Morrison's Supergods - there's a review on my blog: http://glowin...grant-morrisons-supergods. Sat in on the Zone 4 podcast once again - talking Before Watchmen and Image's 20th Anniversary. You can find the 'cast here: I won't be at the Image Expo in Oakland at the end of the month, but my books will be!Earthbound Comics Publisher Ben Ferrari is attending - if you go, look for Ben, say hello, and see my books in"person"! Also in the news: Find out why you should watch this video:; Kathleen Edwards talked to me:; and Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider, is getting crushed down by a countersuit by Marvel Disney. Steve Niles is collecting funds to help Gary, who's almost homeless and in poor health. Donate or just learn more at:

**There's a coupon code for a free eBook of the ALIBI JONES novel at the end of the podcast**

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Grant Morrison's SUPERGODS

Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being HumanSupergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human by Grant Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grant Morrison is a writer whose imagination is a joy to behold at work. Whether he's hitting or missing, he lives and breathes in the 2D world of the page - sometimes literally, as his avatar "King Mob" in The Invisibles. Who better, then, to take a look at the superheroes and their worlds, where they came from and how we've gotten to where we are with them now. What do they mean? What do they represent? And, as advertised, what do they teach us about ourselves? Morrison takes us on a guided tour of the last 75 or so years of caped wonders and how they guide humankind.

With a daunting scope and scale to cover, my only complaint with Supergods is one it can't - or couldn't have - overcome; I wanted more. More depth as Morrison considered aspects of comics in ways that sparked my thinking; more writers and artists and books covered. It's a physical impossibility, of course, given size, time and space limitations. A book like that could grow too long to write and too big to read.

Those heroes and examples that Morrison uses are often near and dear to me as well, so that helps. Known for being mostly a DC man, it was nice to find considered bits on Marvel's Killraven, Warlock and Mar-Vell and their creators, artists and writers.

I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants a bit of a survey about the history of comics along with some consideration of why we need superheroes - and why we're becoming them, in a way...
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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sex, Politics and Religion...

The adventures of BC - Bernard Campion - assassin for the pope of the New catholic Church in 2109 - continue, as BC returns to the Moon and Lunar Prime. And a woman out of BC's past is about to appear - wait until you get a load of FIZA! I'll quickly run down the story so far so you can dive on in and listen to chapters twenty-three and twenty four of the science fiction adventure Vatican Assassin this time on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio. In news - my new book "Introducing... Red Hot!" is out! Came out on Wednesday (2/1) with great art by Rhys ap Gwyn. I also finished the working draft of the next Alibi Jones novel. And The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Stories is available now free in the iTunes store and at! 

More info as always at and
**There's a coupon code for a free eBook of the ALIBI JONES novel at the end of the podcast**

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"Introducing... Red Hot!" - Out Today!

Earthbound Comics releases my brand new comic book today! Artist Rhys ap Gwyn and I have cooked up a good old-fashioned super-powered coming of age story that's already drawing comparisons to Geoff Johns' run on JSA - Introducing... Red Hot! Rhys's art is drawing some great comparisons, too.

Get it in print - POD - from Indy Planet for $3.99:
Get the DL from Drive Thru Comics for 99 cents:

Read Glenn's review at CRIKEY:
Read Gordon's review at Blog THIS, Pal:
Hear the We Talk Comics guys Talk Red Hot (at about 1:11:40):

There are a couple of previews out now, too!
Major Spoilers:
Graphic Policy:
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You can also scroll down for a preview here on my blog :)
More info at