Monday, January 23, 2012

Shameless Shilling

When I was in grade school, we'd get a newsprint flyer, four pages long, filled with all kinds of books for sale. Man, those were the greatest times in about 4th, 5th and 6th grade. I would occasionally get the old Dynamite magazine along with things like Donald J. Sobol's Two Minute Mysteries or Encyclopedia Brown books and some really quirky stuff. One of the oddest things I ever got was a book called The Bunjee Venture, which was turned into an animated special you can now find on YouTube. I still have a copy of the book around here somewhere. I must've read it a dozen times.

As I was doing some research on the title I was surprised to find that the magazine itself was founded and the first three issues edited by Jenette Kahn, who later went on to be the publisher then president of DC Comics. Dynamite was actually the best-selling magzine for Scholastic ever when it launched, too. It also featured a two-page comic of The Dynamite Duo, which was always the first thing I read when I got my copy. The magazine itself was crammed full of pop culture, too, and that's what makes it mostly irrelevant to anyone under the age of 40 or so. Anyway, I digress.

Okay, so you get the point. I'm old. I believe that the Scholastic Book Club is still in existence and that there are tons of books that children can get from the publisher.

Paperback edition
cover by Phil Hester
Bruce McCorkindale
Well, that's enough of an introduction, I guess. Last year my first book was published through Actionopolis/Agent of D.A.N.G.E.R. as an ebook. I've had the link over on the sidebar ever since it went live. What you may not know is that a year later, the book is available as a real, physical object. I got mine in the mail last week and it's a nice piece of bound up paper. There's no thrill quite like getting a book in the mail, and none to equal opening the box that contains your own work.

I did a little jig and showed everyone in the house. I flipped through it and - of course - the first page you open to you see a mistake. It doesn't affect how the book reads so there's no use in pointing it out, but I feel pretty good that I experienced something that Neil Gaiman and others have had happen to them.

Anyway, if you're interested in buying the book, this link will take you to the Amazon page where you can order either version. I hope you will and I'd be grateful, that if you did order either version, if you'd leave a review of the book. Sooner or later I'll be able to tell you what's on the horizon for Evolver and I hope more about my work with the Agent of Danger guys.

Until then, thanks for letting me shamelessly shill my book at you. I hope you like it.


KansasBard said...

Dynamite Magazine was a favorite of mine. I think I owned every issue until I graduated out of grade school. And when you mentioned the Dynamite Duo I had this weird synesthesia moment where I remembered the smell of the magazine. (Don't worry, I'm not having a stroke or anything.) Of course, now I have to scour the Interwebs and find any and all references to the Dynamite Duo. Someone should collect the stories into a DD graphic novel.

Jason Arnett said...

I'd love to know who wrote and drew it, though the art wasn't anything special. I remember they traveled back in time once to prevent the assassination of Grover Cleveland. A collection would be interesting to see.