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Mail-Order Mysteries HC 
Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!
(2011 Insight)

This book is a lot of fun!

Not only does it include the ubiquitous ads from comic books that more than one generation of comics readers grew up on, it also rates the items being sold.

For each entry, the author uses four categories associated with it. They are: "We Imagined," "They Sent," "Behind the Mystery," and "Customer Satisfaction."

From "X-Ray Specs" to Sea Monkeys to Charles Atlas Fitness Program, it seems all of the mail-order items are reviewed.

For many a reader, this book is a trip down memory lane, written by a person who would in his youth plunk down allowance money and wait four to six weeks for his item to arrive.

It's a quick read and a joy to experience!

So if you're interested in sending money to a bookseller for "Mail-Order Mysteries," it is most likely to get to you sooner than an order for itching powder.

(posted July 16, 2016)

 5 Questions with... 
Creator Adam Orndorf

1) On what project are you currently working?

The project I'm currently working on is a book for Action Lab Comics/Danger Zone and it's titled "Blood & Dust: The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenn." It's the story of the first American vampire and his family.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

There are a couple of people I admire, but I'm going with Arthur Adams. It's not because of his accomplishments or ability, but rather because of his humility. I met him at the Phoenix ComicCon two years ago when he had a booth near mine. Our daughters became friends and when he came over to introduce himself he just acted like a normal person, a kind person. While I realize that shouldn't be something that we recognize, on more than one occasion I've come across a creator in a similar situation and the immediately go into big league status. Art never did that.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

My grandfather, back in 1999, threw a newspaper with an article featuring a local company looking for comic book writers and artists. He literally chucked it at me and yelled that if I love these "stupid things" so much I might as well make them. So I reached out to the publisher, submitted a script for a title they had and was put on my first book with now-Valiant artist, Juan Jose Ryp.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I have a few. I grew up a Marvel zombie. I'd love to write a Wolverine story because he was my favorite when I was a kid and it would be drawn by Adam Kubert. The other would be a Daredevil miniseries with art by Geoff Darrow or Cary Nord simply because I've loved that character for over 25 years and I feel I've got a real affinity for him and his world. I've got this amazing Daredevil story I've been holding on to for years that's just dying to be told.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I have a few, actually. I'm doing a translation of a novel called "Lauren Ipsum," written by Carlos Bueno, moving that into a comic. I have another book called "Nightlight," also aimed at younger readers written by my "Blood & Dust" co-creator, Mike Martin. Last but not least, I'm writing and drawing my own "Blood & Dust" story as a 48 page one-shot titled "Blood & Dust: Juarez".

Please find more of Orndorf's work here, and here.

(posted July 16, 2016)

Indie Corner

Life & Times of Allen White

The first thing one notices about this comic book is that it is sleek and stylish.

An attractive grad student takes a wrong turn late at night into a darkened alley. She is threatened until her hero, Stealth, comes along and kicks the butts of her would-be assailants.

The story also adds a layer of background as Allen White (Stealth) visits his police officer brother's grave to "talk" about what he's doing as a champion of justice.

It is that "exchange" between brothers that Allen becomes three dimensional, that we learn he is deeply ambivalent about what he does and has a crisis of conscience.

What the creators of this comic book have done is introduce an interesting, complex superhero who captures the audience's imagination.

Also, there are some pinups at the end of the comic book with one, by Mshindo Kuumba, that is truly amazing!

Get in on the ground floor with this title - it is more than worth it!

For more on "Stealth," please visit here, here, here, here, and here.

(posted July 16, 2016)