Saturday, December 31, 2011

Great News and Chapter Fifteen of VATICAN ASSASSIN

All kinds of news and chapter fifteen of the science fiction adventure Vatican Assassin - on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio. BC has made it to Fortune Station - just barely! Now it's time to snuff out The Light... Just as soon as he finds his way inside.

The news? The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Stories came out this week at Podiobooks.com! Six science fiction audio short stories – a chronicle of Alibi Jones’ exploits across the expanse of the Solar Alliance and beyond! Alibi Jones is a mediator for the SAIF – Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force – but that doesn’t stop trouble from coming his way. Travel with Alibi from Earth to the asteroid belt – from the human colony of Cat’s Eye to the alien water world of Kee’Ere – from a lost, unnamed orb on the fringes of explored space to a planet that should not be called Paradise. Find out more and get free downloads at http://www.podiobooks.com/title/alibi-jones-six-short-stories/

More at http://alibijones.com http://vaticanassassin.com and http://glowinthedarkradio.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The New ALIBI JONES Free Audio Book is OUT!

Time to travel to the 22nd century! Wrap your ears around six new audio short stories with Alibi Jones!

The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Stories is available at Podiobooks.com! Get your free downloads here: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/alibi-jones-six-short-stories

The Adventures of Alibi Jones: Six Short Stories audio book collection features three stories of about a half hour length and three shorter stories that clock in at just over ten minutes each. This new audiobook is the perfect entry point for new readers, so I’m hoping to get some more folks checking out my books with this one.

The stories:

Blind Eye – Alibi runs into an old flame at a diplomatic function. Shirra is helping to sell a new colony that a now suspicious Alibi has never heard of... Also appears in Podioracket Presents: Glimpses, at Podiobooks.com. The comic book version, with art by Meisha, can be found in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 published by Earthbound Comics.

Father’s Day – The story of how Alibi met his father BC – the Vatican Assassin! A variation on the final chapter of the Vatican Assassin Trilogy from the perspective of three year old Alibi Jones. The comic book version, with art by Rhys ap Gwyn, appears in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1published by Earthbound Comics.The Vatican Assassin Trilogy – Vatican Assassin, Vatican Ambassador and Vatican Abdicator – are all available at Podiobooks.com.

Vacation – Paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What with the coup and all. A revised telling of a story that originally appeared in the anthology Podioracket Presents: Visionaries. A comic book version is in the works.

In Over His Head – Some negotiations offer more challenges than others – sometimes for the oddest, yet most natural of reasons. The comic book version, with art by Juan Carlos Quattordio,is in the anthology Earthbound Comics Presents #1. 

About Time – An old friend arrives with a big new problem. Related: is time travel really possible? The comic book version, with art by Meisha, is in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 published byEarthbound Comics.

The Wishing Stone – A tale of alien archeology and ancient power. As always, you should be careful what you wish for... – A never before seen or heard short story exclusive to thisPodiobooks.com collection!


More at Podiobooks.com and GlowintheDarkRadio.com!

Great Review of The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 - The Comic - Today!

As I celebrate the release of the new Alibi Jones audio book today, along comes a review of the comic book from the folks over at Geeks of Doom - they loved it! How awesome is that!

"There is a lot to like in this issue. Action and intrigue, coupled with fantastic artwork make for a fantastic read. The Adventures Of Alibi Jones‘ first issue was great... Mike Luoma has introduced this great character in bold fashion."

You can read the full review here:
http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2011/12/28/comic-review-the-adventures-of-alibi-jones/

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Alibi Jones Audiobook Comes Out Wednesday!

The 22nd Century begins this Wednesday... get ready to travel the stars with Alibi Jones! The new audiobook appears at Podiobooks.com - There's a Podiobooks facebook page for the "event" of the release:

https://www.facebook.com/events/280478851999843/

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A New Mission for BC!

Happy Holidays! As I'm prepping this episode a little early, there isn't much in the way of news or promotion this week - I'm afraid you'll just have to settle for three straight chapters of VATICAN ASSASSIN! These three together tell the story of BC's trip out to Fortune Station, as he seeks to assassinate the leader of a throwback cult that has occupied the once-abandoned space station.



Free science fiction adventure - my gift to you this holiday season and all year 'round, on the Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast!

"Think Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR without all of that bat-shit annoying Frank Miller-ness and you’ll get the drift of this one..."

"This is a fun book which empowers women while it entertains and inspires hope."

Sometimes you get a review that makes your MONTH. This review of Ben Ferrari and my Souverain #1 by Ambush Bug over at Ain't It Cool News did that for me. Souverain #1 is Earthbound Comics' book for December:

"Collecting five short stories featuring the female vigilante Souverain, this issue is a great introduction to the character created by Ben Ferrari and written by Ferrari and Mike Luoma. Set in the conflict of the Middle East in Iraq, Souverain serves as a masked force for justice, operating by going AWOL from her military unit in order to fight crimes that happen on foreign soil. Part revenge fantasy/part bold superhero adventure, this is a character that one most likely wouldn’t see in a mainstream comic. Ben Ferrari writes and draws the first tale, a bit of an origin story for our heroine. Mike Luoma steps in to write two hard-biting, hot button-pressing  prose tales. Think Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR without all of that bat-shit annoying Frank Miller-ness and you’ll get the drift of this one. This book successfully mixes real world issues with superheroism, while remaining respectful to the men and women fighting overseas and pointing a finger at atrocities performed around the world. This is a fun book which empowers women while it entertains and inspires hope. - Ambush Bug"  http://www.aintitcool.com/node/52200#11

I corrected "prose" because that's not quite right - I did write a brand new prose piece, "The Kid", for the book, but he second "story" - the interconnected "One Nation - Under God - Liberty and Justice for All" is a good old fashioned comic book story with art by Ben and letters by Matt Grant and myself.

Get a digital download for 99 cents here: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=96675
Order a print copy here: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6337

Another cool review here: http://www.blogthispal.com/2011/11/life-during-wartime-review-of-souverain.html
(Thanks, Gordon!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Best Tunes of 2011

It was a pretty good year, despite Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene's attempt to wash some of Vermont off the map. Pop culture-wise, while much was cringe-worthy there were some real gems - take Game of Thrones, for example. I think it's the first time a TV series got me reading a book series - and both were fantastic.

It feels like music is getting better - more bands are doing creative, interesting things. Of course, I've been exposed to more new music over the last couple years, so that may be coloring my judgement. As I get into new releases by bands with histories, I do like having earlier releases to go back to check out.

I've been asked to pick my Top Five Albums of 2011 a couple of times, so I've had to think about it... it keeps changing... so this top five is my third different one I've committed to print!

Number Five: Opeth - Heritage

Number Four: My Morning Jacket - Circuital

Number Three: Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing

Number Two: Bright Eyes - The People's Key

Number One: Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones


There are more picks from this year on this YouTube Playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1713F7DEB5B65C0C&feature=mh_lolz

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Never-Before-Revealed Bonus Material - AND Two Chapters of VATICAN ASSASSIN!

Never-before-revealed bonus fiction on today's Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast!

Get caught up with a quick rundown of the story so far and then hear Chapters 10 and 11 of Vatican Assassin on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! There's also bonus short fiction, a short story fragment set in 2072 - 37 years prior to the story being told now! Hear a part of fictional history, right after the chapters from the novel.
BC - the Vatican Assassin - recuperates after he's nearly killed. Hasn't been able to talk for a couple of weeks. He was left for dead in a deserted outbuilding, marooned without air on the lunar surface by a double agent during the last attack on Lunar Prime by the Universal Islamic Nation. Now it's time for BC to check back in with his boss... The Pope!
Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://vaticanassassin.com

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Two Adventures - One Podcast!

Here it is - podcast number 181! Vatican Assassin AND Souverain!



This week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio it's chapters eight and nine of my science fiction adventure VATICAN ASSASSIN! Get a quick rundown of the story so far as BC - the man who kills for the Pope - tries to get away with murder, after almost getting killed himself! And then hear the new chapters. PLUS the bonus this episode is the second part of my short story "Souverain: The Kid" - our favourite soldier and vigilante is taking on suicide bombers and the U.S. Army! The entire short story is in the new book SOUVERAIN #1 from Earthbound Comics! From deep space to the deadly streets of Iraq - with a little bit of book news, too... Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://vaticanassassin.com http://earthboundcomics.com

Saturday, December 03, 2011

War Between Planets and Vigilantes in the Middle East!

Hear Chapter Seven of Vatican Assassin and Part One of "Souverain: the Kid" on this episode!



The Universal Islamic Nation (UIN) brings the war from Mars back to the Moon and Earth Orbit in chapter seven of my science fiction adventure VATICAN ASSASSIN! Listen in for a quick rundown of the story so far to get up to speed, and then enjoy the ride! PLUS there's a bonus on this podcast episode - you'll hear part one of the audio adaptation of my short story "Souverain: The Kid" - as our favourite soldier and vigilante deals with the hero worship of a local and the U.S. Army - The entire short story is out this week in SOUVERAIN #1 from Earthbound Comics! From deep space to the deadly streets of Iraq - with a little bit of book news, too...

Links: http://glowinthedarkradio.com http://vaticanassassin.com http://earthboundcomics.com

Sample Saturday Featuring VATICAN ASSASSIN!

Check out my buddy Jake Bible's blog today to read the first four chapters of Vatican Assassin! Jake has a feature called "Sample Saturday" where he posts free tastes of folks' work for your reading pleasure:
http://jakebible.com/2011/12/03/sample-saturday-mike-luoma/

Thursday, December 01, 2011

SOUVERAIN #1 is OUT!

My new book is out today - SOUVERAIN  #1! More a group effort than mine alone, of course. The character was created by Earthbound Comics founder Ben Ferrari, and he wrote the origin story in this issue. And Ben draws and inks all the comic book stories collected here. Former Earthbound honcho Matt Grant letters three of the four stories - I lettered the fourth and did the production work on the issue - spending a bunch of time on things you won't really notice but that hopefully make the book more cool!

For those who asked - Mike, love Souverain, but do I have to buy all those Lady Fight issues to get her whole story? Not anymore! All four of Souverain's Lady Fight stories are now gathered here under one cover -  And what a cover! With pencils and inks by Seth Frail and color by Chuck Michael Obach, the brand-new cover art really sets the tone for the issue - Beautiful!

For those now wondering - Mike, why should I buy this new issue if the stories are from those other books? Well, I've written a brand-new prose short story "The Kid" with new illustrations by Kitae Kim - there's a bunch of brand-new material!

For those of you wondering who the hell Souverain is, in these pages you can "Meet the woman who works with the U.S. Army by day and strikes out at night delivering justice on her own as the vigilante SOUVERAIN!"

It's in print here (Indy Planet): http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6337

Get the 99 cent download at Drive thru Comics: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=96675

And there's been a review: http://www.blogthispal.com/2011/11/life-during-wartime-review-of-souverain.html

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Save 25% on My Books!

Lulu just sent me a coupon to share that you can use to save 25% on any of my books!

You can find my books here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma

And here's the Lulu info:

25% off any of your books
Coupon Code: BUYMYBOOK305
Coupon expires December 14, 2011
$50 Max Savings



So that's the deal - The Lulu people also said in their email:
How you use this coupon is completely up to you. You can share it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. You can post it on your blog or mention it over Thanksgiving dinner -- as word-of-mouth sales always work well this time of year. We encourage you to get creative and encourage your audience to save. We do ask, however, that you make sure your buyers are aware of the coupon's max savings amount ($50) and the coupon's end date (December 14, 2011).


Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting Away With Murder...

Can BC get away with murder?



The Vatican Assassin has done his job - Governor Meredith McEntyre of Lunar Prime is dead. So far, no one suspects BC. Authorities are not yet even certain that McEntyre was killed - it looked like a heart attack. But McEntyre's widower Daniel is about to accuse BC of being her killer! 
That's all you need to know to dive right in as Vatican Assassin continues - chapters five and six on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! 
Got carried away creating bonus material for this episode - there's more bonus stuff than chapters, and more than an hour's worth of both! Thought about breaking The History of the UIN up into two parts, but decided you could do that if you want. Just to forewarn ya - there won't be much next week with the holiday and all. But there will be an episode. 
Come back each week for more chapters and exclusive background material from VATICAN ASSASSIN!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Page One of "Souverain: The Kid"

Here's a look at page one of the prose short story in the new upcoming Souverain #1:

Souverain... soon!

December 1st...

The Earthbound Comics release for December is Souverain #1 by Ben Ferrari and myself, along with Matthew Grant, Kitae Kim and Vic Moya, and Seth Frail and Chuck Michael Obach on cover art.

Spent a long time on the lettering and layout on this, too - but, again, I wanted it to be right :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Black and Blue From the New 52

This is not a complaining, bitching and moaning blog post. Got no problem with the New 52. I approve of the idea, the sort of risk-taking relaunch DC approached but failed to follow through on before – they almost did it a few times. Kudos to them for finally following through. It’s working. Sales are up. Digital sales are finally beginning to uptick. The timing on that couldn't be better with the excitement for new tablets and the market exploding right in front of us. Those new toys are going to need content. Could be time for a new comics renaissance. The future looks bright.

But right now? OW! OUCH! CUT IT OUT!
I’m getting black and blued by the New 52!

Call it "sucking all the air out of the room" or "dominating the market" or whatever you’d like, DC’s New 52 initiative has grabbed hold of the comic world’s collective consciousness and ferociously refuses to let go. Even now, Google "New 52" and you’ll discover article after article, blog post after blog post on "The New 52 – Two Months In!" and the like. The coverage is intense and exhaustive, from the highest trafficked websites down to the smallest comic book bloggers.

Hell, s’pose this is even more coverage... hurm.

This is all great for DC. As a fan of their iconic characters, gifted artists and talented writers, I’m happy for them. But their market saturation and domination makes the life of an independent comic creator an awful tough slog right now – it’s not easy for the little guy to fight against Supes, Batman and the rest of the Justice League!

My new book The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 came out last month from small indie publisher Earthbound Comics. It’s a pretty sharp 40 page black and white comic with fantastic art and pretty good writing and lettering, if I do say so myself. It’s gotten a couple of great reviews. Just a couple, though. Because Alibi Jones is no match for Superman – it’s been almost impossible to garner coverage and reviews for my little indie book in the wake of the New 52.

Comic book blogs and websites aren’t doing anything wrong. They’re covering and writing about what the comic book buying public are spending their hard-earned cash on. I get Gary Scott Beatty’s Indie Comics Magazine’s emails. Today’s triggered this post, as I read, "DC had 51% of the comics unit share in October. That was a whopping 21 points over Marvel. My diamond brand manager said indie books are still struggling, some canceled, going up against books like Action Comics #1, #2 and #3."

I knew it wasn’t just me. Hard for all us little guys to go up against the Superheroes at full strength. Bad time to try getting an indie book noticed. 

So this post is a bit of a plea. If you’re a web site reviewer, reporter, writer or blogger, please consider reviewing or covering an indy book or two this week. If you’re a comic book reader, please consider buying an indie comic book this week. You can find them at sites like IndyPlanet.com and DriveThruComics.com, to name just a couple.

Of course I’d love you to check out my new book The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1... more at http://AlibiJones.com. If you review or cover comics and want a pdf of the book, please email me at mike (dot) luoma (at) gmail (dot) com.

It’s hard out here for an indie comic trying to promote. Show your favorite indie creators a little love if you can this week. The future is looking bright, but right now we’re all a little black and blue from the New 52.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

And A New Podcast Episode, Too!

After the layout was done I got down to recording. New podcast up with some pretty cool previously unreleased material (if I do say so myself).

The Science Fiction Adventure Continues! It's 2109 and Bernard Campion - BC - is the VATICAN ASSASSIN! A tale of Politics, Religion & War as humankind expands into the stars. Hear Chapters 3 & 4 of the Vatican Assassin audiobook - written and read by Mike Luoma - on today's episode. You can get the chapters as FREE downloads at iTunes and Podiobooks.com as well. Those are the chapters alone - on this podcast you get more.

Get the history of Lunar Prime - once known as Reagan Station. Find out who The Cardinal was in the first draft, as we revisit the original manuscript of the story, lost for years. Hear a previously unreleased scene with two characters who were lost with the original mss! Exclusive background material on VATICAN ASSASSIN - only on this episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!

Come back each week for more chapters and exclusive background material from VATICAN ASSASSIN!

Links: http://vaticanassassin.com - http://glowinthedarkradio.com - http://mikeluoma.com

What I Did With My Saturday...

Layout! Beautiful art by Seth Frail and Chuck Michael Obach - the book comes out on 12/1/11!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

And So It Begins... AGAIN!

As I work on the rewrite of my 5th novel - tentatively titled Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur - I didn't know what I was going to offer you next on my podcast. Decided to offer you a fresh take on some work you may or may not have heard before, to go back to the beginning and see if I can convince any new friends to come on board for the ride... as I bring you a new presentation of VATICAN ASSASSIN!

It's the chapters of the remastered audiobook, written and read by me - you may have heard those before. But there is also new background material before and after the fiction, to offer old fans something fresh.




Hope you'll join in my blatant attempt to bring Vatican Assassin to a whole new wave of fans by linking to this blog or this podcast, posting a link on facebook or Twitter... please share the science fiction fun and help expose Vatican Assassin to a whole new wave of fans!

IT ALL STARTS HERE! Science Fiction Adventure - Politics - Religion - War - And Humankind's expansion into the stars! Come along for the ride - hear the story of our future! It's 2109 and Bernard Campion - BC - is the VATICAN ASSASSIN!

Hear Chapters 1 & 2 of the Vatican Assassin audiobook on today's episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Get the chapters as FREE downloads at iTunes and at Podiobooks.com, too. Those will be just the chapters - on this podcast there's also exclusive background material. Get the background on BC - his biography. And ponder the perils of prognostication with a consideration of extrapolating "future history" - plus you'll hear some of the future history behind VATICAN ASSASSIN! And be sure to join us in coming weeks for more chapters and exclusive background material!

Links: http://vaticanassassin.com - http://glowinthedarkradio.com - http://mikeluoma.com

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

It's a tradition for me - gotta do a Halloween Special, read Poe's "Raven", play some cool tunes... and you get to listen to an over-hour long Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Special!



And there's a brand new story from me! A little piece of psychological horror for the holiday - "Crackling Bones" If you want to hear that new one from me, you'll find it at 44:22. All that and more - over an hour's worth of Halloween entertainment!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Artists Needed For Two New Projects

If you've come to the blog as a result of my posting for artists, welcome. Thanks for checking this out! At this point I'm seeking pencilers or penciler/inkers for two stories which will be published by Earthbound Comics.

Always like to be up front - These aren't cash jobs. 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/index.php/submissions/. If this arrangement sounds beneficial to you, read on and see if you'd like to join my team.

I'm looking for an artist for the 21-page science fiction story "Alibi Jones: Vacation". This will be the centerpiece of issue #2 of The Adventures of Alibi Jones from Earthbound Comics. -- Alibi is an established character. This new story needs a sharp, futuristic look consistent with the character's other appearances in issue one and other stories. This story features Alibi trying to take a break with his girlfriend Katie on the planet Paradise, only to find a coup going down that they get caught up in.

I'm also seeking an artist for the 17-page urban fantasy "The Shift: Angela's Story". This is destined for the second issue of the anthology title Earthbound Comics Presents. -- Angela is seeing things. Things like strange looking woodland creatures walking down city streets, there one second, gone the next. Houses suddenly coated by growing ivy, only to appear clean a moment later. Now she's met a man who tells her what she's seeing is very real - our world and a world of magic are "Shifting" together thanks to the machinations of an evil sorcerer from the magic world. Angela's ability to see "The Shift" makes her special - this new acquaintance is looking to recruit her to his side of an upcoming battle.

Need to find the right artist to make these stories shine. If you are interested, please send me an email at: mike.luoma@gmail.com. Please include information about your work and links to your material online. Looking forward to hearing from you – Mike

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Encore! Encore!

Hear an encore presentation of the audio short story Alibi Jones: Vacation on today's episode of The Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast! 

"Vacation" originally appeared as part of the Audio Anthology Podioracket Presents: Visionaries - available at Podiobooks.com. You can read the story as an eBook or in print - find out more at my website http://glowinthedarkradio.com
It's 2135 - Alibi is in the SAIF (Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force) Mediation Corps. He handles negotiations between humanity and alien races, and occasionally oversees negotiations between alien races. He's the adopted son of the former head of the Solar Alliance, Anita Capituna, his "Aunt Anita". Alibi and his girlfriend Katie are trying to get some rest and relaxation on the vacation planet Paradise. It's not working out so well, as the colony's leadership has just been overthrown in a violent coup...
Be sure to check out more of Alibi's stories in the new comic book The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1! It's just 99 cents for the digital download at Drive Thru Comics: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=94851 - $2.99 for the 40 page printed comic book at Indy Planet: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6027
Check out Podioracket Presents: Glimpseshttp://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-glimpses/
Check out Podioracket Presents: Visionarieshttp://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-visionaries/

Sunday, October 16, 2011

19th Century History Inspires 22nd Century Tale!

It's an encore presentation on the new podcast episode:


Hear an encore presentation of the audio adaptation Alibi Jones: Blind Eye on today's episode of The Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast! "Blind Eye" is now a part of the Audio AnthologyPodioracket Presents: Glimpses - available atPodiobooks.com - AND is included in comic book form in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1, just out from Earthbound Comics! Seemed like a good time to feature the story here on my own podcast once again.
Wanted to give you something more than just the story, though - so there's a long bonus section after the story itself where I go into the historical roots of"Blind Eye". Even though the story is science fiction set in the next century, it is based on actual events that occured back in the 19th century. Find out what those events were on this episode! **If you want just the bonus material, it begins at the 32:32 mark. The story begins about 6 minutes in, after a promo for Podioracket Presents: Glimpses**
As for the story -  It's 2135 - Alibi is in the SAIF (Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force) Mediation Corps. He handles negotiations between humanity and alien races, and occasionally oversees negotiations between alien races. He's the adopted son of the former head of the Solar Alliance, Anita Capituna, his "Aunt Anita". At a diplomatic function he attends on his aunt's behalf, Alibi hears talk of a new settlement. But the news sounds suspicious - could "Poyas" be more con job than colony? And what is Alibi's old girlfriend Shirra doing messed up in it? 
The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 is just 99 cents for the digital download at Drive Thru Comics: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=94851 And it's just $2.99 for the 40 page printed comic book at Indy Planet: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6027
Check out Podioracket Presents: Glimpses: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-glimpses/

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Alibi Jones: About Time Part Two!

The time travel adventure continues!


Hear an audio adaptation of my new story Alibi Jones: About Time on the Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast! It's from The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1- now available from Earthbound Comics! 3 stories and 3 pinups, 40 pages of art and letters under one cover - sequential storytelling at its finest! AND you can listen to part two of "About Time" on this week's episode. Enjoy!


The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 is just 99 cents for the digital download at Drive Thru Comics:
http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=94851
And only $2.99 for the 40p print comic book at Indy Planet:
http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6027

It's Science Fiction adventure in the 2130's - Welcome to the world of ALIBI JONES – Come along as Humankind expands into the stars! Alibi Jones is a Mediator in The Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force – The SAIF – negotiating treaties and agreements between humankind and alien races. And getting into - and hopefully out of - all kinds of all too interesting situations. The Stories in the comic book include "Blind Eye" – illustrated by MEISHA – which takes place early in Alibi Jones' career. "Father's Day" – illustrated by RHYS AP GWYN – a Flashback 23 years to the eventful day Alibi met his father, Bernard Campion – the VATICAN ASSASSIN! And there's "About Time" - illustrated by MEISHA - Four years after the events of "Blind Eye" Alibi runs into an old... friend? She's brought a mysterious package with her – and a whole lot of trouble! The book also has "The Dakhur" and "The Flaze" - Alien Portraits by cover artist FEDERICO GUILLEN as well as his action pin-up, "Alibi Under Fire". All Stories Written and Lettered by myself, Mike Luoma. Again - hear part two of "About Time" on this podcast episode!

More info at http://alibijones.com - http://earthboundcomics.com - http://glowinthedarkradio.com

Monday, October 03, 2011

Alibi Jones in Podioracket Presents - Glimpses

"Alibi Jones: Blind Eye" originally appeared as a comic book story in Spacebound! #1 from Earthbound Comics last year, with art by Meisha. After some changes at Earthbound, the Spacebound title was retired. Now you'll find "Blind Eye" reprinted in the brand-new comic book The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 from Earthbound Comics!

I recorded an audio adaptation of "Blind Eye" for my Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast. Now, the audio adaptation has a home as part of Podioracket's latest anthology, Glimpses! You can download and hear the story anytime - along with some other great stories! Podioracket Presents - Glimpses - A free audio book from Podiobooks.com

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 Out Today!

The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 is out today!
The Adventures of Alibi Jones
Just 99 cents for the digital download at Drive Thru Comics:

Just $2.99 for the 40 page printed comic book at Indy Planet:

It's Science Fiction adventure in the 2130's - Welcome to the world of ALIBI JONES – Come along as Humankind expands into the stars! Alibi Jones is a Mediator in The Solar Alliance Interplanetary Force – The SAIF – negotiating treaties and agreements between humankind and alien races. And getting into - and hopefully out of - all kinds of all too interesting situations... 

The Stories: 

"Blind Eye" – illustrated by MEISHA – takes place early in Alibi Jones' career. His Aunt Anita asks him to attend a political social event on her behalf. Alibi discovers there may be more to a new colonial venture than meets the eye...

"The Dakhur" and "The Flaze" - Alien Portraits by FEDERICO GUILLEN.

 "Father's Day" – illustrated by RHYS AP GWYN – A Flashback 23 years to the eventful day Alibi met his father, Bernard Campion – the VATICAN ASSASSIN!

"Alibi Under Fire" – An action pin-up by FEDERICO GUILLEN.

"About Time" - illustrated by MEISHA - Four years after the events of "Blind Eye", Alibi runs into an old... friend? She's brought a mysterious package with her – and a whole lot of trouble!

All Stories Written and Lettered By Mike Luoma.

Alibi Jones: About Time Part One!

In honor of the release of The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 by Earthbound Comics today, I've put together the audio adaptation of Alibi Jones: About Time. You can hear part one on today's podcast:



The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 is out today from Earthbound Comics! 3 stories and 3 pinups, 40 pages of art and letters under one cover - sequential storytelling at its finest! AND you can hear an audio adaptation of the new story Alibi Jones: About Time on the Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast! Part one this week, part two on next week's episode. Listen and enjoy!

Four years after the events of "Blind Eye", Alibi runs into an old... friend? She's brought a mysterious package with her – and a whole lot of trouble!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Alibi Jones: Father's Day - On the New Episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!

Hear the audio short story "Alibi Jones: Father's Day" as The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue on The Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast! Soon to be appearing in print next week in the new comic book The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 from Earthbound Comics with art by Rhys ap Gwyn, on today's episode you can hear the story of the events that finish The Vatican Assassin Trilogy from the perspective of a very young Alibi Jones. A twice-or-thrice-told-tale, but brand new in its presentation.



In book news besides the new comic out next week. reviews continue to come in for Earthbound Comics Presents #1, which features "Alibi Jones In Over His Head" - Pissed Off Geek just checked in. Also, I'll be a guest on Friday on ComicRelated.com's Zone 4 podcast as we discuss banned books. And my Vatican Assassin Trilogy eBooks - Vatican Assassin, Vatican Ambassador and Vatican Abdicator - are now just 99 cents each. Plus I got a nice nod from Bill Gladman - the G Man! - in his new column. And Lulu is offering 15% off thru the 26th. Links follow.

Links:

Read a preview of Alibi Jones: Father's Day - the comic book story coming out in The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1 - and page one of Alibi Jones In Over His Head - the 4 page short found in the new Earthbound Comics Presents #1 - at http://alibijones.com.

Get a digital copy of Earthbound Comics Presents #1 at Drive Thru: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=93771 Or in print from Indy Planet: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5827 More info at http://earthboundcomics.com

There's a promo before the story for Podioracket Presents: Glimpses - http://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-glimpses/ - now featuring Alibi Jones: Blind Eye!

The Vatican Assassin Trilogy eBooks are now just 99 cents each - Mike Luoma's Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Luoma/e/B002BM1PYU/

Blog THIS, Pal! reviews The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1: http://www.blogthispal.com/2011/09/ballad-of-alibi-jones.html
Bill Gladman's Life in Four Colors: http://www.comicrelated.com/news/13442/life-in-four-colors
Pissed Off Geek reviews Earthbound Comics Presents #1: http://www.pissedoffgeek.com/wordpress/?p=1893
Save 15% at Lulu.com w/code OKTOBERFEST305: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma

Save 15% on My Books at Lulu.com thru 9/26/11!

Lulu is offering 15% off with a coupon through Monday. Use it to pick up one of my books and SAVE!

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma

More time to cheers to savings!

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/mikeluoma

Review of "Earthbound Comics Presents" #1 by Pissed Off Geek

Pretty Cool Review of Earthbound Comics Presents #1 at Pissed Off Geek:

"As a whole the anthology is strong and does what it aims to do. It gets the reader interested in the stories presented to them and catches their interest for future editions and comics based on the stories themselves. Its choice in stories also took me back to my childhood of reading 2000 AD, it’s not just a bland collection of stories that are very similar but a mix up of horror, sci-fi and comedies of different styles. It will be interesting to see what more is to come from Earthbound Comics."

Got A Nice Nod from the G Man @ Comic Related - Life in Four Colors

Bill Gladman returns with a new column at Comic Related - #37 of his "Life in Four Colors"

It's a bit about Captain Marvel - Mar-Vell - and he includes me among those who might write him well - Thanks, Bill!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Review of The Adventures of Alibi Jones!

I've started sending out the review copies of my upcoming new comic book The Adventures of Alibi Jones. Gordon Dymowski over at Blog THIS, Pal! is the first reviewer in - and he likes it!
http://www.blogthispal.com/2011/09/ballad-of-alibi-jones.html

"...the kind of comic that's worth bugging your local comic shop owner to stock....or if that owner is a DC/Marvel zombie, make the decision to head to a cooler comics shop... Buy and read this book. You'll thank me later."

The Vatican Assassin Trilogy eBooks Now 99 Cents Each!

Been thinking about doing this for a while...

The eBooks for my first three novels - my Vatican Assassin Trilogy: Vatican Assassin, Vatican Ambassador, and Vatican Abdicator - are now 99 cents each!

I changed the price for the Kindle editions, but Amazon takes a little while to change over. The new prices are in effect already at Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mikeluoma

And here's a link to my Amazon Author Page for when they change over there: http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Luoma/e/B002BM1PYU/

Saturday, September 17, 2011

First Draft, Second Alibi Novel...

Reading from my manuscript today... no guarantees it will stay this way.



Listen to an excerpt from the first draft of the next Alibi Jones novel - tentatively titled Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur - on today's episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! It's the first draft story of a solo mission of Alibi's to the Mad Planet Metcalf on today's 'cast. The planet's defense system seems to be speaking to - and laughing at - Alibi. But he's not hearing it - the sounds seem to be echoing inside of Alibi's mind!

I also preview The Adventures of Alibi Jones #1, coming October 1st from Earthbound Comics, and give a status report after the story excerpt, running through a list of the many projects in the works. There are a bunch of them! You can read page one of Alibi Jones In Over His Head - the 4 page short found in the new Earthbound Comics Presents #1 - at http://alibijones.com.

That comic book short is getting some rave reviews! Aint It Cool News said Alibi Jones In Over His Head "...is a gentle, humorous tale that brings to mind the lighter works of sci-fi legends such as Henry Kuttner or Ray Bradbury" http://www.aintitcool.com/node/51101#9.

Get a digital copy of Earthbound Comics Presents #1 at Drive Thru: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=93771 Or in print from Indy Planet: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5827 More info at http://earthboundcomics.com

There's also a promo before the story for Podioracket Presents: Glimpses: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-glimpses/

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Are Gray

A note from Mike: After we were attacked on 9/11/01 I wrote the following poem. It captured for me both the sense of anger the USA felt at being attacked as well as the sense of unity the country felt for a period afterwards. I recorded a new reading of it yesterday for my latest podcast. Thought I'd break it out by itself for today and reprint the poem here, in commemoration of the anniversary and those we lost.


We Are Grey

When the Great Buildings collapsed,
Hit by the fists of Bin Laden,
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.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hear A Brand New Audio Short Story on Today's Podcast - "Alibi Jones In Over His Head"!

Hear the audio version of the new story I have in the anthology Earthbound Comics Presents - Alibi Jones In Over His Head - on the new Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Podcast!



There's a brand new Alibi Jones audio short story this episode - no prior knowledge required. Dive right in and enjoy Alibi Jones In Over His Head - the audio version of a comic book short story. You'll find the comic, with art by Juan Carlos Quattordio, in the newly released anthology Earthbound Comics Presents #1.

Alibi Jones has a new mediation assignment, an early contact with the aquatic alien race known as the Kee'Klick, underwater on their world Kee'ere. There are some difficulties...

The comic book short is getting some rave reviews! Aint It Cool News said Alibi Jones In Over His Head "...is a gentle, humorous tale that brings to mind the lighter works of sci-fi legends such as Henry Kuttner or Ray Bradbury" http://www.aintitcool.com/node/51101#9. Blog This, Pal said the story is " Definitely one of the highlights... very funny (for all the right - and wrong - reasons)... And the last panel joke - killer" http://www.blogthispal.com/2011/08/i-know-cool-people-neverending-saga.html.

Get a digital copy of Earthbound Comics Presents #1 at Drive Thru: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=93771 Or in print from Indy Planet: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5827 More info at http://earthboundcomics.com.

Hope you enjoy the story! There's some background material after the story, as I read reviews and talk about the Alibi Jones Timeline, what stories happen when. There's also a promo before the story for Podioracket Presents: Glimpses: http://www.podiobooks.com/title/podioracket-presents-glimpses/

Finally, In commemoration of the 9/11 anniversary, I read a poem I wrote ten years ago after the attacks - We Are Gray.

By the way, I have recently been a guest on other casts - The Seekrit Projekt: http://www.theseekritprojekt.com/?p=130 & Zone 4: http://comicrelated.com/news/13189/zone-4-episode-128

More info: http://glowinthedarkradio.com