January 4th, 2016
by Bill Holbrook
The crossover between “Dick Tracy” and “On the Fastrack” has been one of my biggest highlights of the past year. I’ve known Mike Curtis since our paths crossed at various comic conventions beginning the late 1990s, and during our conversations he displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of comic strip history.
We’ve kept in touch over the years, and during that time Mike had been given the opportunity to write “Tracy” while the magnificent Joe Staton created the art. Their collaboration has been justifiably honored, winning multiple Harvey Awards.
Last year Mike proposed a meeting between Tracy and “Fastrack’s” Dethany, who has an online alter-ego patterned after classic 1940s film noir detectives as she brings that sensibility to policing Internet wrongdoing. We arranged for the two sleuths to meet in their respective strips on the same date.
I went first, sending my idea in pencil form to Mike in mid-October. He gave it a thumbs-up, and proceeded with his version. Of course it was fantastic, and Joe’s inking hit it out of the park.
I hope the audience enjoys the result as much as we had bringing it to life!
Dethany’s Raven has flown in for the holidays,landing here. For the first time, the complete year of 2012 is now available, encompassing the introductions of Guy, Fi and of course, Lenore. As a bonus there’s the three-page music video of “Exhume Yourself” in comic book form.
Dethany in Virtu/Noir
“Dethany in Virtu/Noir,” is an interactive novella featuring Dethany of “On the Fastrack” as she adopts a 1940s private eye persona to solve a crime in cyberspace. She finds herself in the middle of a gang war between two groups; one promoting online transparency and the other heightened data security.
Along with John Lotshaw and my wife Teri Holbrook, we’ve created a unique blend of words and images, available for the iPad. Readers will be able to make choices determining the direction of the plot, and we estimate that it offers roughly two hours of crime-solving fun. It’s yours for $2.99. Learn more about it by visiting its website here.
We had a terrific panel at DragonCon which you can view here.
Vintage Kevin & Kell
Classic “Kevin & Kell” strips are now featured on King Features’s Comic Kingdom site. Go here, and pick up the action from today’s date back in 2009.
Sheep Dip, Cryptwarming and GEST8
“GEST8,” features all of the “Safe Havens” strips from 2011. See Jenny and Ming go through their pregnancies together, with Samantha caught in the middle.
“Cryptwarming,” the new collection of “Fastrack” strips featuring the complete year of 2011, is now available! See the lengths Dethany goes to in order to become a homeowner. Also included are bonuses like sketches from the housewarming party, and an interview with Dethany herself.
Get dipped! The twentieth “Kevin & Kell” collection “Sheep Dip” is now available for purchase. During this complete year of 2013 we follow the introducution of Rhonda’s living diploma, who turns out to have more secrets than anyone realizes. Fortunately his bodyguard Caniche is tasked with protecting his fleece. Other events include Rudy’s appearance on “America’s Got Compost” and Kevin and Kell’s couples retreat.
Don’t like dead trees? E-books for the “Kevin & Kell” collections “MOUSCAR” and “Predator Camp” are now available for purchase here for $8.99 each.
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